Cardano founder and Ethereum co-creator Charles Hoskinson criticized Vitalik Buterin in a Tweeter on November 25 for failing to recognize Cardano (ADA) for its staking innovations.
Hoskinson’s remarks follow a recent interview, during which Buterin discussed Ethereum’s roadmap and proposed redesigning Ethereum’s (ETH) staking system to combat issues related to centralization .
During the interview, Buterin discussed the possibility of adopting the UTxO approach, which relies on unspent transactions, to address these challenges. This model differs from Ethereum’s current account-based system and is used by some blockchains, such as Bitcoin and Cardano.
The crypto community was quick to point out that this solution is similar to the approach Cardano took with its staking system. Hoskinson’s response to Buterin’s proposal was particularly sarcastic, as he wrote:
“No worries, Ethereum 3 will have everything taken care of.”
This is not the first time Hoskinson has criticized Ethereum’s staking system, having previously pointed out its drawbacks and similarities to features already implemented in Cardano’s ADA staking. His tweet highlighted a perceived delay in the development and adaptation of Ethereum.
Hoskinson further stated that the tweet was not an attempt to “stoking hostilities” but rather an expression of his confusion. He said:
“I’m really lost that Cardano can never be mentioned as an innovative ecosystem within the E team. V is rediscovering what we’ve been working on for almost a decade, and it’s like a new revelation.”
Buterin was interviewed by DeFi and NFT platform Defiant in Turkey on November 24, with the bulk of the conversation focusing on Ethereum’s roadmap.
Buterin addressed the pressing issue of centralizing staking. He highlighted the need to rethink Ethereum’s staking mechanism to promote healthier mining and staking pools, thereby strengthening decentralization.
The initiative is a response to the challenges posed by data availability moving more slowly in off-chain systems due to high demands in the short to medium term.
The Ethereum founder also discussed an upcoming major Ethereum upgrade, known as EIP 4844 or Danksharding. Buterin emphasized that this upgrade aims to improve the data card space to 16 megabytes per slot.
After the upgrade, the main task would be to set the appropriate settings and attributes for the system. This improvement is part of Ethereum’s continued evolution to ensure scalability and efficiency.
Additionally, Buterin proposed the potential use of a voting system to govern future changes in Ethereum, suggesting this could eliminate the need for hard forks. This idea indicates a move toward a more democratic and less disruptive process for implementing meaningful network changes.
The Dencun upgrade, an integral part of this roadmap, is expected to go live in early 2024. The upgrade is expected to be an important milestone in Ethereum’s journey, focusing on improving its scalability, its efficiency and decentralization.