Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently discussed the possibility of integrating more features directly into the Ethereum protocol.
Historically, the Ethereum project has aspired to maintain a core protocol with minimal complexity, encouraging building applications and solutions on top of it, also known as Layer-2 solutions.
Buterin, however, offered important discussions regarding maintaining a balance between protocol simplicity and advanced feature integrations.
Philosophy behind minimalist
From its inception, Ethereum has embraced a minimalist philosophy, seeking to create a clean and simple core protocol and allowing innovations and advanced features to be built on top of it by users. This philosophy aimed to maintain a decentralized and user-empowering approach.
However, Buterin acknowledges the growing interest in enshrining more features within the core Ethereum protocol. Enshrining, in this context, implies integrating advanced features and functionalities directly into the Ethereum protocol, which could potentially increase user convenience but may also pose challenges related to protocol complexity and governance.
Benefits and trade-offs of new features
Enshrining more features into the core protocol could help avoid potential centralization and mitigate risks in other areas of the blockchain ecosystem. It could offer standardized solutions, avoid complications arising from diverse independent implementations and enhance user flexibility and experience. However, Buterin emphasizes the caution required in this approach. Over-enshrining can complicate the protocol, overextend its governance, and may not always align with the evolving needs of the users. Hence, a balanced approach that maintains Ethereum's credible neutrality and aligns with user needs is crucial.