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 consumer 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 Net Providers:

“A variety of these Proof of Stake networks at the moment that individuals put money into are actually simply layer-two purposes of cloud — we discover that fairly disappointing. Blockchain shouldn’t be working on Amazon Net Providers the place they will steal the validator keys and do all types of unhealthy stuff.”

Williams asserts that when a consumer accesses a blockchain by means of 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” 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 consumer expertise on Ethereum, stating: “If you need 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 must work together with blockchain with out having tokens — tokens come later. That’s a extremely huge drawback.”

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

Williams additionally took goal 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 sensible contracts.” 

“DeFi is so profitable on Ethereum […] as a result of these sensible contracts exist in a seamless universe they usually 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 challenge has executed little to repair the scenario.

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