David Schwartz, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Ripple, had an important insight when looking at Bitcoin. He noticed that even though Bitcoin was getting bigger, most of the world’s valuable things were not part of Bitcoin.
This made him realize that we needed “bridges” to connect the traditional financial world with the new cryptocurrency world. These bridges would make it easy for people to use valuable things in a way that they were used to and was efficient.
Schwartz also announced that after winning the legal battle with the SEC, XRP is one of the only two cryptocurrencies (alongside Bitcoin) with clear rules in the United States.
He said, “One of the first things we realized when we looked at Bitcoin was that even if you thought Bitcoin was going to take over the world it hadn’t taken over the world yet. The vast majority of the world’s value wasn’t in Bitcoin and wasn’t accessible to the Bitcoin blockchain, there would have to be gateways you have to connect to where the value is.”
Schwartz remembered a time in Ripple’s past when he showed a cool demo. He let people make payments using different currencies on the XRP Ledger, and the system changed the money value as it happened in real life. This exciting idea impressed everyone and showed how special the XRP Ledger could be.
One big news was the introduction of Automated Market Makers (AMMs) on The XRP Ledger. AMMs make trading easier and faster than traditional exchanges. They aim to improve trading efficiency, capture small price changes, and help both traders and those who provide funds.
Schwartz also mentioned adding Decentralized Identity (DID) solutions to The XRP Ledger. DID lets users manage their identities safely on the blockchain, adding more security and trust to Ripple’s system.