- A recent tweet from Vitalik Buterin, the brainchild behind Ethereum blockchain, seems to indicate that he may be getting ready to leave the project soon.
- He said he feels the time is right for him to take the back seat from the role of leadership in the community.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has said that the platform he founded can only be truly decentralized only if it ceases depending on him. And this isn’t the first time that the “Great Dictator” has spoken about detaching himself from the Ethereum project.
In a tweet on Aug. 20, Buterin revealed the technology underpinning the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap could undergo the next major system-wide upgrade (Istanbul hard fork) in the not-too-distant future. He said the hard fork will happen without his involvement.
Reminder that this happened with *zero* involvement from The Great Dictator™
Much-needed gas repricings that add significant sustainability gains and open the door to ZKP/rollup L2 innovation.
— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) August 20, 2019
The project can survive without him
On October 5, 2018, Vitalik revealed plans to “disconnect” himself from the Ethereum project were underway. The Russian-Canadian programmer said that he feels the time is right for him to take the back seat from the role of leadership in the community.
I think ethereum can absolutely survive me spontaneously combusting tomorrow at this point.
— Vitalik Non-giver of Ether (@VitalikButerin) October 5, 2018
About Istanbul Hard Fork
Unlike most previous hard forks, Istanbul will be executed in two parts and will have six code updates, known as Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs).
The initial stage will include the six code updates which are scheduled to happen on October 2019.
The second stage involves the testing of the EIPs and will kick off at some point in the first quarter of next year.
Commenting on the hard fork, Ethereum developer Péter Szilágyi said:
“We split Istanbul into two. One of them we can actually ship within weeks. [The other upgrades consist of] two really big EIPs that would be nice to have but require some stuff that cannot be done within the two- or three-week timespan.”
The changes are expected to enhance the overall efficiency of the Ethereum blockchain and offer protection against replay attacks.