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Bridging blockchain’s gaps with hybrix releasing second-layer cross-ledger token next month

 In a recent tweet, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin calls for putting resources towards a decentralized exchange system between Ethereum and Bitcoin and between Ethereum and other blockchains[1]. “It’s embarrassing that we still can’t easily move between the two largest crypto ecosystems trustlessly”. Solutions are on their way, as the hundreds of replies indicate. One of several under the radar projects that is on the verge of breakthrough in fixin underlying problems is hybrix. Their token, which will live on a second-layer protocol, sees the light of day next month in May and is expected to bridge the blockchain’s gaps differently.

Bridging blockchain’s gaps is a topic that’s been written about extensively.[2] Last year, Andreas Antonopoulos “articulated why ‘winner takes all’ is out and inter-blockchain communication is in, at the Blockstack Summit in San Francisco.” [3] With projects offering atomic swaps and decentralized exchanges, some bridges have already been built.

An issue, however, with this way of working is that in some situations the bridge has to be built from both ways. If the blockchain supports smart contracts, like Ethereum, atomic swaps are already supported[4]. If there are no atomic swaps (like with Bitcoin), then compatibility needs to be built from the other chain’s side.

In other words, compatibility is built, one project after the other, but there is no singular common compatibility platform yet; no bridge yet to integrate them all. A new solution may be on its way next month and it’s not what many people expect.

Hybrix has announced the release of multi ledger tokens on a second-layer protocol[5]. Multi ledger tokens are tokens that exist on multiple chains at the same time and are argued to be an important innovation for the core functionality of blockchain and distributed ledger protocols. A major advantage...

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