Key points to remember

  • In an AMA Thursday on Twitter, Vitalik Buterin answered questions from people he follows, on topics ranging from philosophy and health to online privacy and game theory.
  • Buterin suggested he regrets having eight co-founders behind Ethereum.
  • He also said he believed Ethereum was less dependent on him than ever today.

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In an AMA Thursday on Twitter, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin answered some of the crypto community’s most important questions, sharing his thoughts on crypto privacy, game theory, protocol design and what excites him the most for the future.

Buterin is Long Privacy, Short Added Sugar

Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin took to Twitter on Thursday and gave the 268 people he follows the option to ask what they want, whether they’re crypto-related or not.

Emin Gün Sirer, Cornell professor and founder of Ava Labs, the team behind Ethereum competitor Avalanche, asked Buterin about the most difficult lesson he learned from the Ethereum experience. Buterine answered:

“People are more difficult to coordinate closely in small groups than I expected. You can’t just get everyone to sit in a circle, see each other’s inherent goodness and get along, especially when there are huge conflicts of incentive involved. “

Asked about his biggest non-technical regret regarding his Etheruem trip, Buterin noted “All the ‘8 co-founders’ stuff” (and choose them so quickly and without discrimination). “

Ethereum was co-founded by Mihai Alisie, Anthony Di Lorio, Jeffrey Wilcke, Charles Hoskinson, Amir Chetrit, Joseph Lubin, Gavin Wood, and Buterin himself. Of the eight, only Joseph Lubin, founder of Consensys, remained closely involved with Ethereum, while many others have gone their own way. Charles Hoskinson and Gavin Wood founded their own blockchain projects, Cardano and Polkadot, while the others either left the industry entirely or stayed more on the sidelines.

Although Buterin is still the central figure of Ethereum, he stressed that the blockchain has never been less dependent on its contributions than it is now. He noted:

“The good news is, I feel like Ethereum is less dependent on me than it ever has at any point in history! Amazing people like @dannyryan, @drakefjustin, @dankrad, @pipermerriam, EF administrators and many more continue to take over tasks that I used to have to do on my own.

Buterin also admitted he was surprised by the emergence of NFT technology and that he had underestimated the time it would take for Ethereum move from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism. Interestingly, he said he thought the upgrade from Ethereum to EIP-1559, which revamped the protocol’s monetary characteristics by introducing a fee-burning mechanism, was the most interesting application in the real world. of game theory in terms of protocol design.

Commenting on the research that excites him the most, Buterin pointed to ZK-SNARKs (Zero-Knowledge Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge) privacy technology. “I expect ZK-SNARKs to be a big revolution as they permeate the mainstream world over the next 10-20 years,” he said in response to a question about dominant privacy technology from the future.

Responding to one of the less technical, non-cryptographic questions, Buterin said taking a step to “completely eliminate extra sugar from your life” would benefit antiaging.

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