Cardano CEO and Ethereum developer argue post-Vasil upgrade


  • Merge’s implementation of proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus led to Charles Hoskinson and Ethereum developers getting into a verbal altercation.
  • Evan Van Ness, a Web3 investor, made a controversial assertion on Sunday, speculating that the Ethereum Merge may have been made available earlier.
  • According to Vitalik Buterin, they should have created a chain-based proof of stake similar to NXT, in agreement with Van Ness.

A verbal altercation between Charles Hoskinson, the creator, and co-founder of Cardano, and Ethereum developers resulted from Merge’s implementation of proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus.

Investor in Web3 Evan Van Ness made a contentious claim on Sunday, suggesting that the Ethereum Merge might have been made available sooner. In agreement with Van Ness, they should have built a chain-based proof of stake similar to NXT, according to Vitalik Buterin, who jumped to agree with Van Ness despite the variety of reorganization problems and the absence of asynchronous assurances. Due to the aforementioned issues, the move to PoS was put off

Hoskinson entered the conversation and argued that the Ethereum developers ought to have used the Snow White Protocol instead to enable a quicker switch to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus.

Unfortunately, the majority of users misunderstood what Van Ness was getting at and believed he was talking about the price movement of the second-largest cryptocurrency in the market. 

Hoskinson has long supported Snow White, one of the earliest protocols to offer end-to-end, formal proofs of security for a PoS system. Hoskinson’s remark, however, created a can of worms, which eventually sparked a contentious argument between the creator of Cardano and Van Ness, as well as other Ethereum engineers.

According to Hoskinson, his theories from 2014 on the technological changes to the Ethereum network still stand up better than the upgrades made after Merge. Van Ness swiftly reminded Hoskinson that his terrible behavior and lack of any notable technical contribution caused him to be sacked from Ethereum within six months.

The Vasil mainnet hard fork event was successful a few days ago, according to IOHK, and the Vasil features have since been implemented on the Cardano blockchain.

Hoskinson earlier on Monday charged Ethereum developers with disregarding Ouroboros, a safe PoS blockchain, and the first protocol to be founded on peer-reviewed research, for the past five years in a Tweet thread. Additionally, he asserted that the design of the current custodial staking PoS update is flawed.

Hudson Jameson, an Ethereum core developer, refuted Hoskinson’s assertions about the Ouroboros protocol implementation.