Conversation with G God: Infinite Concurrency, Combined World, RChain Reinvents Blockchain

As the only blockchain project invited to the International Finance Forum (IFF) 2021 Spring Meeting, what makes RChain so great? In a letter to Tesla’s CFO, what are Greg’s biggest concerns? Having returned from a crisis, is RChain now in safe territory? What progress has RChain made with this debut?

Conversation with G God: Infinite Concurrency, Combined World, RChain Reinvents Blockchain

The following is the transcript of this live broadcast.

Moderator: As you know, you recently represented RChain at the International Finance Forum (IFF) and were the only invited blockchain project. This conference is obviously very important in the world. It is an organization led by Zhou Xiaochuan, the former governor of China’s central bank, with the participation of senior government officials and financial luminaries from many countries. Can you talk about the opportunity for you to be invited?

Greg: Honestly, we have a great team in China who are very responsible for this opportunity. I believe they presented our message. RChain was designed from the beginning to be an environmentally responsible and sustainable smart contract blockchain. We wanted to provide a coordinated foundation for humanity as it enters the next very difficult phase of climate change. To build this decentralized world computer and global database, we developed a proof-of-stake consensus version, as well as a concurrent virtual machine that scales almost linearly and consumes less power.

Moderator: We heard from the Daychain community that you were paid $0 during your tenure as CEO of Daychain?

Greg: For about the first six months, after which the board and compensation committee decided it was important for me to get paid. Then in the cryptocurrency winter of 2018, all RChain employees agreed to a 20% cut and in late 2019/early 2020 (as COVID affected everything) I stopped getting paid and used the funds I had kept to support the project .

Moderator: There were rumors that Facebook’s Libra had contacted you several times during the difficult times of the daily chain, but you declined?

Greg: We did have discussions before. Facebook’s recruiters tried to reach out to me several times. Honestly, I used those conversations to gather intelligence about Facebook and the Libra project.

Moderator: Daychain’s token REV is $871 million, and as the founder and chairman of Daychain, there are rumors that you only took $7 million in REV and donated half of it to the project’s development? Many people are worried that you will leave Daychain because of the lack of value associated with it with such a small amount of REV.

Greg: In 2020, I spent about half of the REV awarded to me to keep the project going. As for the REV I took, initially I took nothing, and then several members of the board and community were concerned that I didn’t have the motivation to continue the project. But because I wanted to do the best I could for the project, I listened to those concerns and then followed the guidance of the compensation committee. The total award they granted me was 7 million REVs, but it was a linear release. I used the linear release of REVs to keep the program going.

As for my motivation, it has nothing to do with money. I chose to work in the day chain because I am concerned about my 4 children who will be living in a time of great turmoil. In about a decade, we could see up to 2.8 billion people forced to migrate due to climate change. A migration of this magnitude would make the Syrian refugee crisis look like a walk in the park. Meanwhile, 80 percent of all biomass insects will be lost. This is an emergency of global proportions that requires everyone to be in place.

To address a situation of this scope and scale, we will need global coordination. I mean global coordination is bigger than what we saw in World War II.

I think scalable smart contract blockchain platforms are critical to developing the coordination layer we need for enhanced collaboration. That’s why I built Daychain.

Moderator: When did you get the idea to create the Daychain and for what purpose?

Greg: I’ve been aware of this problem for decades, but it wasn’t until an entrepreneur convinced me to build a decentralized social media platform that I realized I could build a scalable world computer within my means. So, in 2014, I started working in earnest and delivered the daychain.

In a sense, the work I did for Rosette at MCC, then BizTalk for Microsoft, and then the discovery of the Rochelle calculus were stepping stones to that goal.

Moderator: When did you first get into math and computing? What made you stay on this path?

Greg: I have always had a deep love for mathematics. My pre-language memory is a direct experience of dimensionality. In second grade, I finished my math textbook in two weeks, and then my teacher started teaching me algebra. Then, we moved and no one knew about my talent until my eighth grade math test came out in high school. From there, I started studying math at the college level, where I discovered topology, which was my first love. By the time I got to college, I was ready for a more in-depth study, so I had the opportunity to do private tutorials on modal logic and topology.

Rich Salter joined the computer science program at Oberlin College and discovered that there were some connections between topology and computer science (Scott topology) and that there were programming languages (like Scheme) that could illustrate those connections. I was completely fascinated.

Later at MCC, I listened to Samson Abramsky talk about the computational interpretation of linear logic and the connections between proofs, programs, and concurrency, and it was like a whole new world opened up. I knew that I would never be able to develop software again unless I followed this “constructively correct” paradigm.

Moderator: https://youtu.be/DXbvUu-_0S0?t=89, here is a video of a heated academic discussion you had with Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ether, in 2016, do you remember that time? What did that conversation inspire you to do?

Greg: I don’t remember it being heated. Vitalik and Vlad and I met regularly with a few other people. We discussed different aspects of Casper. I think the particular conversation you are referring to was the one where I introduced the π algorithm to Vitalik. The main issue I was trying to understand was the importance of concurrency, that if you get the computational model right, then a lot of other seemingly unrelated problems will be solved at the same time. For example, in mobile process algorithms, such as the π algorithm and the Rho algorithm, you have a single phenomenon of contention on the channel that takes into account both slicing and DAG-based speedup.

Unless you have some experience, these ideas are hard to see. I can tell from talking with Vitalik that he will not be able to accelerate these things fast enough without the proper motivation. I think the best motivation is to build the solution and then he will be able to use it and understand it better. I still think he will come back and hopefully he will start playing RChain soon.

Moderator: What is the trump card of Daychain? How is it different from other public chains? What are the plans for the short term?

Greg: Simply put, there are two basic features that make it suitable for the mapping substrate we aim to build. The first is that RChain scales almost linearly as you add hardware. When you add hardware (nodes) to the network, all other blockchains either stay the same or get slower. RChain gets faster. If you stop and think about it, we have been scaling systems by adding hardware for the last half century. The reason is simple. You can’t know when your team will come up with the next software breakthrough. You can’t budget for it. But you can know exactly how much it will cost to order another 1,000 boxes and when they will be delivered. This means you can do resource planning and many other important things related to running and maintaining your network. The only way to be able to scale by adding hardware is if the software architecture is concurrent at the base.

The second has to do with safety and security. In a smart contract platform where users can write their own smart contracts, they can and will introduce their own bugs – even if the core protocol layer is perfect – written by upper layer angels. Imagine if the DAO vulnerability occurred while Ether was running at 40K tps. In one second, $150 million worth of ETH would have been depleted. Instead, the community has a full month to respond to the problem. In the next phase, the 2.0 blockchain will compete at 100 seconds tps in K. Ether will not be able to face another DAO bug, but they are still there. Unless there are significant tools available to catch many of these errors before deployment.

For example, in the case of DAO errors, when you rewrite the contract with the error in Rholang, the reentrant error becomes a competing condition. There is a race between updating the state and accepting the next request. Using key tools for spatial behavior types, we can capture these types of competing conditions (and certain types of activity and security errors) at compile time before the code is deployed. We can perform this operation automatically. I’ve heard of no other blockchain even talking about this, let alone implementing it. This has been on our roadmap from the beginning. We already have a prototype that players can play with.

Moderator: https://www.yuque.com/guangzhishiyi/rchain/kylvnm I heard that you recently wrote a letter to Tesla’s CFO. Can you talk about what your initial thoughts were?

Greg: I’m very encouraged by Tesla’s actions. First, they publicly and practically recognized and demonstrated the importance of blockchain by accepting bitcoin as a means of payment. Then, as they began to understand the irresponsibility and unsustainability of proof of work, they moved to stop accepting bitcoin, even though it meant a dramatic drop in the value of their own holdings. They show that they can admit their mistakes and stand by their principles. This is very rare in today’s business environment.

Given this encouraging sign, it’s reasonable to assume that they may actually be considering a realistic solution. Moreover, since this is a rare opportunity to focus attention on Tesla and the blockchain and turn it toward a broader, more inclusive discussion, it makes perfect sense to write this letter. So far, it’s gotten a lot of attention from RChain, with new members joining the collaborative community every day!

Moderator: Daychain seems to have weathered a lot of crises, do you think Daychain is in a safe period now?

Greg: No, I certainly don’t think so. Please understand the environmental crisis we are all facing. Unless we work together, the entire human race, indeed the entire planet, from humans to insects, will face extinction. The small ups and downs that the day chain faces are nothing compared to what we will face. The difficulties facing the Day Chain are perfect for finding out who is involved to get rich quick, and who is involved to help build planetary solutions. But even if the Day Chain is delivered perfectly on time and on budget, there is still no guarantee that humans as a species will pick up the tools and start using them.

Of course, there are encouraging signs. The Daychain community built RVote in 6 weeks. with no one in charge, the community built a cryptographically secure on-chain voting mechanism that can be used by any organization on the planet. Similarly, the community built an on-chain COVID passport in 6 days, which scales well to autonomous identity, credential and data solutions. However, these do not guarantee that people will hear the call in a timely manner. So, no project, no person, no creature is in a secure domain right now.

Moderator: We’ve heard that you are very passionate about Chinese culture and are even proficient in taiji swords and spears. Do you combine the art of taijiquan with the day chain?

Greg: Ha ha! Those are exaggerations! I have studied a little bit of Tai Chi sword and spear, but am far from proficient in either one. Honestly, I love the fact that I always learn something new about Tai Chi Chuan. They seem endless.

But yes, there is a profound connection between the Taiji worldview and the Rho algorithm. Just as Taiji always knows the kernel of yang in yin and the kernel of yin in yang, the Rho algorithm knows the kernel of name (communication medium) in process (behavior) from the kernel of name (communication medium) and process (behavior). It is designed with this idea in mind.

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