Smart Contracts Proposal MAST Inches Closer to Bitcoin's Code

Smart Contracts Proposal MAST Inches Closer to Bitcoin’s Code

A long-standing proposal to bring "smarter" smart contracts to bitcoin’s main net has just taken one step closer to implementation. Developers have submitted a pull request for Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees (MAST), marking the first time this smart contracts proposal has been the subject of a pull request seeking its integration into bitcoin’s code. The pull request combines pay-to-script-hash (P2SH) with MERKLE-BRANCH-VERIFY, allowing users to define how payments would occur. As previously reported by CoinDesk , these two features, combined with a third Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) called "Tail Call Execution Semantics," would allow users to create private smart […]