Ethereum’s Dark Forest is worth cultivating

this essay has been paired with dark forest audio. listen here while you read

TLDR;

Introduction

Ethereum is a Dark Forest at every layer

  • Technical: deploying to mainnet, adding state to the chain, watching the mempool in order to frontrun
  • Social: participating in social graphs, twitter hot takes, donating to Gitcoin grants
  • Political: lobbying for or against specific technical changes, participating in rough consensus, attending All Core Dev calls

Celebrating and embracing Ethereum’s Dark Forest characteristics

  • an emergent collection of technical, social, and political characteristics not replicated in any other ecosystem
  • the host to a dizzying array of permissionless experimentation via an ever-growing open toolset of mechanisms
  • defined by a distributed and ever-growing global community that allows institutions, moneys and irrevocable contracts to be conjured

What Ethereum enables

  • open organizations anyone can create or join
  • blindingly transparent records
  • globally accessible financial products and markets
  • community currencies
  • non-extractive remittances
  • non-custodial financial services
  • marketplaces that compensate creatives fairly
  • persistent scripts deployable to a global computer
  • portable non-state identities
  • local fantasy sports league betting
  • unfettered speculation
  • payment rails for ransomware
  • financialization of our most sacred human experiences
  • permissionless scams
  • multinationals coordinating local resource extraction
  • assassination markets

When expectations diverge from reality

What can the community do?

In conclusion

--

--

--

Current: Coordinating @ Ethereum Core Dev call. Past: Community @ ETHGlobal. Interested in how chain culture manifests.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Brunch Autopsy: Maker, Mosendo & Mimosas with $DAI

Announcing the Itheum Learning Quest Community Campaign

Plutus Perks Explained

GameStar Exchange Strikes A Strategic Partnership With Multiverse

ZeroCT Pull Request Opened, AMA Scheduled, NavHub 2.0 Launched

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) November Hard Fork

Everything you Need to Know About an HD Wallet

The story of the first-ever CryptoPunk rapper

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Trenton Van Epps

Trenton Van Epps

Current: Coordinating @ Ethereum Core Dev call. Past: Community @ ETHGlobal. Interested in how chain culture manifests.

More from Medium

Ethereum PoW to ETH2.0 PoS — What Can We Expect from It?

The End of the 2021/2022 Bull Market — Learnings

Concern as a Cosmonaut

Let’s play! Could YOU create an enterprise blockchain that wins us the war on methamphetamines?