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Ethereum Merge proves to be successful, Vitalik Buterin hopes others will follow

Success of Ethereum Merge sparks hope in Vitalik Buterin for others to follow
Success of Ethereum Merge sparks hope in Vitalik Buterin for others to follow

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Innovation is important to the success of tech brands, and the Ethereum Merge is one of the best examples to highlight such advances.

The Merge is an update of the Ethereum blockchain and its innovation will take the crypto space in a new direction.

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, believes other blockchains should look to scale and also move to proof-of-stake.

Encouraging other blockchains to follow

With the Ethereum Merge now complete, Buterin believes other blockchains, including Dogecoin and Zcash, should follow a similar step.

He said on video during the Messari Mainnet conference on Friday:

“As proof of stake matures, I expect it to just increase in legitimacy more and more over time.”

“I hope that Zcash moves over. I am also very hopeful that Dogecoin is going to evolve over to proof of stake at some point soon.”

The Merge

In early September, Ethereum finally hosted the highly anticipated Merge event.

The Merge moved the core network from the energy-intensive proof-of-work (PoW) model to the more energy-efficient proof-of-stake (PoS) model.

According to Buterin, the high-stakes event went smoothly, although there were bugs with each merge test.

The Mainnet Conference

During the Mainnet Conference, Buterin spoke with Messari CEO Ryan Selkis and Electric Coin Company CEO Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn.

“You emailed me your plan for Ethereum, and I was like, ‘Holy shit. This is so exciting. And it’ll never work,’” said Wilcox-O’Hearn.

“And then you and the Ethereum [developers] proved me wrong. It totally worked.”

Zooko, best known for his association with PoW privacy coin Zcash, shared that he initially thought the Ethereum Merge would never work.

Later, however, his feelings about the Merge changed.

“You should be proud of yourselves for the rest of your life,” Zooko said, referring to Buterin and Ethereum developers.

The Electric Coin Company CEO said he was waiting to see how Ethereum performed since the upgrade to see if Zcash should hold its own Merge-style event.

“We’ve literally been waiting to see what we can learn from Ethereum,” said Zooko.

“I guess what we’ve learned is that it actually works.”

Buterin and the transition to PoS

As for other channels making the leap to proof-of-stake, Vitalik Buterin is willing to wait, but he thinks some will make the move.

“For the other chains, we’ll see,” he said. “Some of them might; I’m sure at least some of them never will.”

“There might even be some compromise middle ground where some chains end up moving to some kind of hybrid proof of stake.”

For now, the Ethereum co-founder is relieved of the company’s status and says it will be better positioned after the Merge.

“A sky that has been cloudy for almost a decade finally cleared,” he described the Merge.


Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin ‘very hopeful’ Dogecoin moves to Proof of Stake

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