Dominic Williams, founding father of Dfinity and its Web Laptop, has slammed the scaling options put ahead by Polkadot and Ethereum for providing a disjointed consumer expertise.
The self-described “blockchain maximalist” criticized Ethereum’s burgeoning ecosystem of second-layer scaling options, describing Ethereum as beginning to resemble 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 Providers:
“A variety of these proof-of-stake networks in the present day 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 Providers the place they will steal the validator keys and do all types of dangerous stuff.”
Williams asserts that when a consumer accesses a blockchain via the cloud, “they must 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” 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 consumer expertise on Ethereum, stating: “If you’d like mass adoption of blockchain, you’ll be able to’t require folks to put in MetaMask after which have to purchase some Ether from Coinbase — that’s ridiculous. Folks have to work together with blockchain with out having tokens — tokens come later. That’s a extremely massive drawback.”
“On a standard blockchain, you’re kind of fiddling round creating these transactions via MetaMask or one thing like that — that’s simply not a great consumer expertise.”
Williams additionally took goal at Polkadot’s forthcoming sharded parachain ecosystem, likening its relay chain to a “centralized toll-fee hub” mediating amongst 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 prolong 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 group and the topic of rampant FUD on social media, lamenting that poor advertising from the undertaking has executed little to repair the state of affairs.
Regardless of the purported FUD-storm, Williams asserts “the Web Laptop may have extra customers than all different blockchains mixed by December of this 12 months.”