Dfinity founder takes aim at Ethereum’s complex layer-two solutions



Dominic Williams, the founding father of Dfinity and its Web Laptop, has slammed the scaling options put ahead by Polkadot and Ethereum for providing a disjointed person expertise.

The self-described “blockchain maximalist” criticized Ethereum’s burgeoning ecosystem of second-layer scaling options, describing Ethereum as beginning to resembling a ridiculously elaborate “Rube Goldberg machine” of “layer-two cloud functions.”

Williams asserted layer-twos trigger factors of friction for Ethereum customers and exposes them to counterparty safety vulnerabilities, emphasizing that greater than half of Ethereum’s nodes are hosted by Amazon Net Companies:

“Quite a lot of these Proof of Stake networks at this time that individuals put money into are actually simply layer-two functions of cloud — we discover that fairly disappointing. Blockchain shouldn’t be operating on Amazon Net Companies the place they’ll steal the validator keys and do all types of dangerous stuff.”

Williams asserts that when a person accesses a blockchain by the cloud, “they need to obtain MetaMask from Amazon or one thing that lets them be tracked.” 

He sought to distinction this with Dfinity’s Web Identification protocol that he claims “can’t observe you” not like MetaMask and plenty of different providers downloaded from an app retailer.

Dfinity’s founder emphasised the quite a few friction-points and steep studying curve impacting the person expertise on Ethereum, stating: “If you need mass adoption of blockchain, you possibly can’t require individuals to put in MetaMask after which have to purchase some Ether from Coinbase — that’s ridiculous. Individuals have to work together with blockchain with out having tokens — tokens come later. That’s a extremely large downside.”

“On a standard blockchain, you’re form of fiddling round creating these transactions by MetaMask or one thing like that — that’s simply not a very good person expertise.”

Williams additionally took purpose at Polkadot’s forthcoming sharded parachain ecosystem, likening its relay chain to a “centralized toll-fee hub” mediating between disparate blockchains. He additionally criticized its imaginative and prescient for sharding as failing to make sure “fungibility between good contracts.” 

“DeFi is so profitable on Ethereum […] as a result of these good contracts exist in a seamless universe and so they can all plug into one another — everyone can lengthen everyone else’s system,” he added.

Since its discreet mainnet launch in December 2020, Williams claims Dfinity has been poorly understood by the broader crypto neighborhood and the topic of rampant FUD on social media, lamenting that poor advertising from the mission has carried out little to repair the scenario.

Regardless of the purported FUD-storm, Williams asserts “the Web Laptop could have extra customers than all different blockchains mixed by December of this yr.”