Input Output (IO) CEO Charles Hoskinson argued that cryptocurrencies need strong governance to avoid repeating what happened with the defunct FTX exchange.
give a keynote speech at IO Scottfest, Hoskinson elaborated on Cardano’s governance phase, Voltaire. Using FTX’s failures as a backdrop, he said:
“Crypto has not failed. No cryptocurrency has fallen. No blockchain has suddenly stopped creating blocks. No DEX has stopped trading. I’ve proven again that I’m not good at
As such, a set of governance rules that remove the human element from day-to-day operations and leave protocols that ensure fairness and integrity are critical.
Hosted by Edinburgh IO Scottfest: Age of Voltaire November 18-19. The purpose of this event was to showcase what has been introduced to Voltaire so far and to recognize what is being built for the future.
Age of Voltaire
Hoskinson said he considered representation and consent first when deciding what constitutes good governance.
Recently released IO, including this one Cardano Improvement Proposal (CIP) 1694 It takes the original Cardano governance system from the Shelley phase and extends it to refine and streamline the decentralized decision-making process.
Proposed improvements include active on-chain participation, greater transparency in financial activities, and constitutional proposals to solidify guiding principles and record the spirit of projects on the blockchain.
Hoskinson emphasized that CIP 1694 is subject to change, depending on community input. However, he welcomed feedback and mentioned a workshop scheduled for Q1 2023. There, participants can hammer out details to advance the proposal towards ratification.
“We know how to build what we write. With a radical change, it may take a little longer. But you guys deserve to have a government and have ADA. We will all get there together because everyone who does deserves a voice.”
The IO CEO further spoke about the constitution, saying that it concerns the setting of governing rules that lay the foundation for basic principles, including guarantees of certain rights.
Hoskinson added that temperament can be understood by machines. He envisions taking the human intentions behind the Constitution and turning it into “one giant nomic machine.” So what it really means is to embed the constitution within the chain down to the transaction level.
In closing, Hoskinson spoke of the contradictions between institutions and decentralization. But he admitted that “you can’t have good governance without good institutions.”
To maintain the right side of decentralization, a group called the Cardano Member-Based Organization (MBO) acts as a single point of interest for all of the various interests. Hoskinson has structured MBO as a grassroots group tasked with steering the project.
Cardano does not have all the answers
2023 is dedicated to realizing Voltaire, but that process will take years to complete, Hoskinson said.
Still, IO invests millions of dollars to bring its vision to life. However, Hoskinson also noted that nothing is set in stone and that everything is subject to change based on feedback from the community.
“But at the end of the rainbow, you have to sign up or it doesn’t exist. We go back to the drawing board and come up with something else.”
Nevertheless, the founder of Cardano, trying to muster his enthusiasm for the future, as a community, needs to stand up for us and not be afraid to fail. , no one “has all the right answers”. But the way forward, including the inevitable mistakes, is forged as a community collective.
“All of us [at IO] We have suggestions and ideas and together we discover whether they are good or bad ideas. ”