Vitalik Buterin: We Should Extend An Open Hand to Facebook

ConsenSys CEO Joseph Lubin also said that Libra could be "an excellent onboarding mechanism" for Ethereum

Speaking at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv on Sunday, Ethereum founders Joseph Lubin and Vitalik Buterin commented on the development of the blockchain system’s upcoming update.

The two executives did not give a precise date as to the launch of Ethereum 2.0 but said that the network would be interoperable with applications built on the original blockchain.

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“[Ethereum 2.0] is an updated version of the same vision,” said Buterin. “It’s a sandbox where people can try things and see what works. The thing that has changed are the tools we use.”

“An excellent onboarding mechanism”

Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys CEO Lubin also discussed the possibility of working with Facebook on the social media company’s nascent cryptocurrency – Libra.

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“There’s definitely been some talks,” said the ConsenSys CEO. “There’s the possibility of interoperability with Ethereum if there’s a viable wallet connection. But I don’t see [Libra] being a viable competitor to Ethereum as a decentralized [financial system]. Actually, it could be an excellent onboarding mechanism for us.”

Despite having remained silent earlier in the discussion when asked about Libra, Buterin was also positive about the cryptocurrency, saying that Ethereum should work with Facebook.

“There’s definitely people looking at making a Libra Litecoin that runs on the Ethereum blockchain,” said Buterin. “I think we should extend an open hand to systems that are more decentralized than we would like.”


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