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

Dominic Williams, the founder of Dfinity, has slammed the scaling solutions put forward by Polkadot and Ethereum for offering a disjointed user experience.

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

Dfinity founder, claiming to be  “blockchain maximalist,” criticized Ethereum’s expanding ecosystem of second-layer scaling solutions, describing Ethereum as starting to resembling a ridiculously elaborate “Rube Goldberg machine” of “layer-two cloud applications.”

He asserted layer-twos cause points of friction for users and exposes them to counterparty security vulnerabilities, emphasizing that more than half of Ethereum’s nodes are hosted by Amazon Web Services:

“A lot of these Proof of Stake networks today that people invest in are really just layer-two applications of cloud — we find that pretty disappointing. Blockchain shouldn’t be running on Amazon Web Services where they can steal the validator keys and do all sorts of bad stuff.”

Williams noted that when a user accesses a blockchain through the cloud, they need to download MetaMask from Amazon or something that lets them be tracked. He sought to contrast this with Dfinity’s Internet Identity protocol that he claims “can’t track you” unlike MetaMask and many other services downloaded from the official app store.

Williams also took aim at Polkadot’s forthcoming sharded parachain ecosystem, likening its relay chain to a “centralized toll-fee hub” mediating between disparate blockchains. He also criticized its vision for sharding as failing to ensure “fungibility between smart contracts.” 

He claims Dfinity has been poorly understood by the broader crypto community and the subject of rampant FUD on social media, lamenting that poor marketing from the project has done little to fix the situation. Despite the purported FUD-storm, Williams asserts “the Internet Computer will have more users than all other blockchains combined by December of this year.”