138 - What's Next? Vitalik Buterin | Part I

In his first Bankless appearance post-merge, Vitalik shares his behind-the-scenes perspective on the merge, looking back—what he would’ve done differently, and most importantly—what’s next?
Sep 26, 20221 min read

Vitalik Buterin is a crypto-economic researcher, author of the Ethereum Whitepaper, builder, and philosopher. He also recently published a new book titled, “Proof of Stake: The Making of Ethereum and the Philosophy of Blockchains.”

This is a two-part episode that you don’t what to miss! Part one is all about what’s next for Ethereum. And part two covers more of the social/philosophical realm of holistically, what is Ethereum. Further, Vitalik explores his thoughts on artificial intelligence and its relationship to crypto.


0:00 Intro

10:28 What Will Trolls Focus on Next?

11:34 The Merge From Vitalik’s Perspective

15:10 PoS Energy Reduction

27:09 Why PoS Took So Long

32:03 Truly Optimal PoS

35:12 What Vitalik Would Change

37:30 Where Are We in Ethereum’s Trajectory  

52:53 The Economics of Staking

1:02:15 Centralization of Stake Worry

1:11:40 Censorship Resistance Problem

1:15:15 Validator Choices

1:18:30 Have L2s Lived Up to the Hype

1:20:37 The 2023-2024 Ethereum Era

1:25:41 Closing


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