What are SideChains and Why Should I Care?

What are SideChains and Why Should I Care?

SideChains. No, SideChains is not the brother of prominent rapper 2Chainz (although it could be in the future, you never know). SideChains were first announced by Adam Back and Austin Hill on Let’s Talk Bitcoin. SideChains are basically new “blockchains” pegged to bitcoin similar to how the dollar used to be pegged to gold before Nixon removed the dollar from the gold standard in 1973. In theory, each SideChain would service a different purpose however they would all benefit from the adoption and benefits of bitcoin. Proponents of sidechains hail it as the end of altcoins while alternative....


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