Predictions of the end of ETH are gaining momentum. Apparently, such forecasts are stoked by the founder of the Ethereum himself, via latest admissions that the platform needs deep changes and without these new adaptations (say Casper or Plasma) the end could not be very far.
Ethereum’s utility thus far has been its smart contracts. At a time when Bitcoin was the only thing around, the ‘smart’ technology of the new network caught everyone’s fancy. However, today this very ‘technology’ has seen vast advancements, and Ethereum itself is falling behind in what it can offer its users. Since it is an ‘abandoning ship’ it is unlikely that the prices will see any sort of upward movement.
The tirade against things at Ethereum is:
1. Much of the initial phase of growth was due to “occult marketing.”
2. The approach of the original devs is abandoned and many “trusts at governance level of ETH.”
3. Non-ethereum changes are introduced under the brand ship of ‘centralized’ trademark Consensus Systems Corporation.
4. Ethereum Futures shall not be in the same category as Bitcoin Futures because of the lack of sustainability on the Ethereum network. New assets which are pegged to Ethereum will also not be able to perform. Thus Futures cannot be an alternative plan to nurture the platform and revive it.
5. ERC20 power cryptocurrency token is a big challenge as users need to pay ‘gas prices’ and not use part of the transaction itself to pay the ‘trading’ fees.
6. ETH failed to scale
7. Forgot to secure contract authoring
8. Failed to be competitive
9. Public blockchain platforms have taken over from stable crypto assets which want to remain private. Hence, Ethereum is limited in what it can offer in the near future.
10. Proof-of-Stake is a dicey methodology over Proof-of-work which is common in bitcoin
While the above are some of the reasons which are driving the final nails into ETH obvious demise, there are several macro-level questions to the evolution of this ‘smart contract’ platform.
ETH issues are complicated – from software support issues to market pricing and non-token contracts and Point of Sales Ethereum, it currently is able to hold its own among the competition.
It is the future of ETH and it prices which are the question.
ETH inefficiencies dominate and is preventing mass adoption, despite the popularity of ETH.
The biggest crippling impact on Ethereum thus far has been the high attrition rates of decentralized applications or dApps.
Nearly all of the evolving and performing applications are moving to the EOS platform. These include the Tixico, Was, Insights Network and Medipedia. The EOS platform it appears is offering them a solution to the bottlenecks they face on Ethereum. The key factors which had seen rapid growth were – the blockchain’s own transaction speeds, but its biggest obstacle has been its inability to have a plan for sustainable growth. Eos platform allows blocks to be developed under 0.5 seconds, and also supports expansion up to millions of transactions.