#232 Karl Floersch: Plasma Cash and the Ethereum Roadmap

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Ethereum Foundation researcher Karl Floersch joined us to discuss the main projects to upgrade Ethereum: Casper, Sharding and Plasma. Karl has been playing a key role in creating a new and simpler specification for Ethereum sidechains called Plasma Cash. We discussed the evolution of the Plasma project and what Ethereum's evolution in the coming years could look like.

Topics discussed in this episode:
– How Karl originally became involved in Ethereum
– The role of Casper, Sharding and Plasma in the Ethereum roadmap
– The problems with the original Plasma concept
– How Plasma Cash provides a simple scalability solution
– The challenge of data availability
– Use cases and timeline for Plasma

Links mentioned in this episode:
– Plasma Cash Simple Spec:
– Ethereum Plasma MVP Overview:
– Plasma Cash Discussion on Ethereum Research:
– Cryptoeconomics: An Introduction:
– Plasma & The Public Ethereum Chain – Joseph Poon (Ethereal Summit 2017):
– Plasma – Original Whitepaper:

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9 Comments on #232 Karl Floersch: Plasma Cash and the Ethereum Roadmap

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  2. EOS is years ahead of this model in so many levels, one of the main ones is gas vs no fees, it changes a lot.

    • Don’t be dogmatic, I love EOS but I wouldn’t write off Ethereum just yet, Casper/Plasma is a huge vision

    • Dan JAHENY I try to stay as objective as possible. I realy like the EOS project. But one can come to the conclusion that ETH has fundamental flaws on its incentive models without being dogmatic. It may have it’s use cases an never go away, but it can also be true that EOS is way ahead. This proposal 999 is one example of ETH governance setbacks, that comes with the whole debate if code is law. EOS has an entire layer of governance that is ready to act with arbitration if a DAO happens. And it has a briliant economic model that imho is way agead of ETH.

    • Bob Levy ETH at the time was the standart for ICOs and probably was the foundation for a lot of EOS features like any other smart contract platform that came after it. It doesnt mean EOS can improve on ETH on many levels. I think it will.

  3. Great stuff guys, can we get someone on the show to talk about privacy laws (like the GDPR) and blockchain?

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