Developer Szilágyi is desperate over Ethereum’s shaky infrastructure

Bitcoin maximalists have been saying for years that things are not going well at Ethereum technically. It is the so-called “move fast and break things” philosophy from Silicon Valley that prevails at Ethereum but does not fit with the technology. A decentralized network where billions of dollars of value go back and forth must in the first instance be safe.

Péter Szilágyi a key pawn in the Ethereum development team speaks on Twitter expressing his concerns out loud about the progress of the platform. “Complexity is often overlooked within systems because someone else is paying the price for it, not the one who builds it.” Said Szilágy at the beginning of his account on Twitter.


Complexity is slowly approaching breaking point

Ethereum is approaching the transition to Proof-of-Stake and is scaling the platform in many other ways. All those small changes provide Szilágyi with an ever-increasing degree of complexity. So much so that Szilágyi believes that no one has a complete overview of the system at this point. “We’re already past the point of someone overseeing a full picture of the system. This is bad.” So he continues.

In the history of Ethereum, the complexity of the system has never diminished. Every little update piles on top of the rest. Every major change, EIP 1559, The Merge, Sharding, Verkle, Stateless, L2, et cetera, adds complexity.

“It is extremely frustrating when a research proposal says: everything has been worked out, we just need to build it.” Said Szilágyi who is the first Ethereum developer to ‘come out’ with this story. Previously, it was mainly Bitcoiners who shouted similar things about the reckless way in which people build Ethereum.

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If protocol doesn’t shrink, we won’t make it

With these harsh words, Szilágyi is not done with Ethereum yet. According to the developer, this development philosophy could even prove fatal for the platform. While he’s happy with the approaching Merge, with Ethereum transitioning to Proof-of-Stake, he’s anything but happy with the platform’s security.

“Results are being achieved, but we are also piling complexity on complexity as if there is no tomorrow.” So writes the frustrated developer. Szilágyi does not have a solution, but according to him it is important not to add functions anymore and to tear things down.

“There are fewer and fewer people who feel like maintaining a broken network. Every change pushes more people away.” In the short term, this will do little to Ethereum’s price because most people are not aware of the technicalities of the industry at all. But if the developers are concerned in this way, then something is very wrong.

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