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

Dominic Williams, the founding father of Dfinity and its Web Pc, 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 purposes.”

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 Internet Companies:

“A variety of these Proof of Stake networks at present that individuals spend money on are actually simply layer-two purposes of cloud — we discover that fairly disappointing. Blockchain shouldn’t be working on Amazon Internet Companies the place they’ll steal the validator keys and do all kinds of unhealthy stuff.”

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

He sought to distinction this with Dfinity’s Web Id protocol that he claims “can’t monitor you” in contrast to MetaMask and lots 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’d like mass adoption of blockchain, you possibly can’t require folks to put in MetaMask after which have to purchase some Ether from Coinbase — that’s ridiculous. Folks must work together with blockchain with out having tokens — tokens come later. That’s a very massive drawback.”

“On a standard blockchain, you’re kind of fiddling round creating these transactions by MetaMask or one thing like that — that’s simply not 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 they usually can all plug into one another — all people can prolong all people 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 and marketing from the mission has performed little to repair the state of affairs.

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