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Here’s Ripple exec’s take on NFTs on XRP Ledger, Bitcoin’s LN and…

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Ripple CTO David Schwartz was the guest this week on the latest episode of the Thinking Crypto podcast. During the same, he discussed the future of NFTs with XLS-20, the Ripple ODL model, and how Ripple ODL is well ahead of any of its competitors.

Of NFTs and more…

On the topic of XLS-20, he stated that the issuance of NFTs on XLS-20 started off as a proof of concept. This is now being implemented in code. He further mentioned that the XRP Ledger is a great way to deliver NFTs owing to its green design and the low costs involved. The interoperability of the platform with over 5,000 currencies as a distributed exchange is an added advantage.

When comparing the XRP ledger with the Ethereum network, Schwartz pointed out that, unlike the latter, the XRP ledger doesn’t have the function where one can build their own NFT systems using smart contracts. However, the transaction costs related to the ETH network are much higher than those of the former.

“Because it doesn’t require smart contracts to offer that functionality, it eliminates the risk of smart contract bugs or compatibility between different smart contracts.”

Is ODL the future of payments?

As far as On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) is concerned, David Schwartz also discussed the introduction of the “Liquidity Hub.” In doing so, Schwartz compared it to the original model of XRP tokens that were bought on the open market to be exchanged across countries. Liquidity Hub was introduced to tackle issues of exchange immaturity, downtime, and inability to transfer money in due time.

The Ripple Liquidity Hub can be considered as a transition from RippleNet. In fact, the Liquidity Hub can be considered “a sort of networkizing of ODL.” Here, apart from ease of payments, users can make use of various other services. This makes the payment process as seamless as possible.

More on the Bitcoin Lightning Network app…

Schwartz also commented on whether Bitcoin Lightning Network would make XRP’s payment system obsolete. The exec claimed that the aim of XRP’s system is to get users and regulators comfortable with the use of cryptocurrencies. He also wishes to make it a system to make payments on a day-to-day basis, which is not happening at the moment.

Furthermore, the two systems work with different clienteles. The XRP system works with enterprises and businesses. On the contrary, the Bitcoin Lightning Network focuses more on peer-to-peer B2C and C2C transactions.

“I think the type of thinking that’s reflected in what Jack Mallers said is the kind of thinking we had in the early days. I think the past 10 years proved that it’s not quite that simple.”


Aashna is a News Editor at AMBCrypto and is particularly interested in the how and what of blockchain technology, along with its vast applications. A flair for the language and her inquisitive nature are factors that spike her interest in the cryptocurrency space.
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