A technical pre-post for those interested in the Badlands concept.

Everyone, please note: this is a technical pre-post for those interested in the Badlands concept, rather than a formal post announcing details of the project. There are several competing demands on the teams developing the Internet Computer ecosystem at the moment, including work currently underway to directly integrate the network with Ethereum and Bitcoin using “Chain Key” cryptography. Providing opportunities for amateur node providers remains an important objective, so I’m sharing this post today to provide opportunity for community discussion.

Badlands is a concept that involves applying Internet Computer technology…


The greatest possible force multiplier.

Background

The history of the Internet Computer is inextricably linked with the early years of the Ethereum project. Before talking more about how the networks will be integrated, and what this is going to unlock, I will provide some color and context to the background, as much of this has become lost in time — it was not that long ago really, but blockchain changes every day, and things move so far, it seems like a lifetime.

When I first started working full time in blockchain in 2013, my primary personal interest was devising faster consensus…


A review from the DFINITY Foundation shows that the network is operating well.

For those interested in the Internet Computer blockchain:

As I write this, we are only 11 days into a new era of blockchain, yet so much has happened already.

Naturally, with a network as complex as the Internet Computer, it was inevitable there would be some early glitches. Yet, with war rooms staffed by 10–20 people working around the clock 24–7, and determined efforts, these have been resolved without any network outages. …


Let’s extend the Internet Computer to end-user devices, freeing the entire stack.

One of the things I have been playing with for some time, is the concept of a new operating system for phones, laptops, and other user devices. The project has the code name “Endorphin.”

This work very much maps to the mission of the DFINITY Foundation, which exists to create technology that directly supports and extends the Internet Computer network, as well as the open crypto ecosystem of tomorrow. I am excited to tell you about it at a high level.

We know from the history of the…


The Internet Computer is the world’s first blockchain that runs at web speed and can increase its capacity without bound.

DFINITY Status Update, New Year 2021

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS.

On December 18, 2020, a crucial initial stage of Internet Computer blockchain’s decentralization occurred. This means that the Internet Computer’s mainnet now exists, and is hosted by standardized “node machines” that are independently owned and installed within independent data centers, which have been placed under the control of the Network Nervous System (NNS).

For those new to the project, the Internet Computer is the world’s first blockchain that runs at web speed and can increase its capacity without bound to…


The Ethereum community played a key role in the genesis of the Internet Computer project, and will use the network to extend the capabilities of Ethereum dapps.

On September 30, 2020, the Internet Computer project will pass its Sodium milestone and enter a final stretch before the launch of the public network. These are exciting times for project supporters and the Ethereum community, which provided initial funding in early 2017, and whose core devs contributed in the early days, and shall now use the Internet Computer to extend the capabilities of Ethereum dapps.

The Internet Computer (IC) is a public…


Editor’s Note: You are viewing outdated material from the DFINITY blog that is being preserved for archival purposes.

Back in January 2017, as we headed towards the Seed fundraiser that drew the first significant funding into the DFINITY Foundation, I described our positioning thus: “DFINITY aims to create a scalable ‘decentralized cloud’”. This cloud shall be somewhere software can run with the same security guarantees that smart contract platforms provide today, within a framework that makes the creation of a new breed of open internet services possible, among other things. …


Editor’s Note: You are viewing outdated material from the DFINITY blog that is being preserved for archival purposes.

The march of time is relentless, and since we’re nearing the end of 2018, now is a good time to share some updates on what’s happening at DFINITY and our work on the Internet Computer serverless cloud. We have been very busy, and seem to get busier every day.

Our Destination Is Unchanged

The DFINITY project involves complex Computer Science and software engineering challenges. Our aim was never to build a “better blockchain” even though our Threshold Relay and Probabilistic Slot Consensus technologies may one day become a cornerstone for creating fast and secure chains. The project was conceived in 2015 with the specific…


Editor’s Note: You are viewing outdated material from the DFINITY blog that is being preserved for archival purposes.

This is my first post in a while due to commitments. I am writing with exciting updates regarding our expanding technical operations in Switzerland.

As a Swiss foundation, DFINITY has long had business and back-office operations in Switzerland, but until recently research and development work on the ground has mainly involved collaborations with academic institutions. I am now proud and happy to announce that we have established a large new dedicated DFINITY research center in Zurich, Switzerland, with space for up to 50 additional DFINITY team members, to augment our longstanding flagship research center in Palo Alto, California, and globally…


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In the Spring we announced a final DFINITY “Presale” funding round, and today I am delighted to announce that it has been completed, raising a further 102M CHF (Swiss Francs) for the Foundation’s operations. Returning investors Polychain Capital and Andreessen Horowitz (deploying capital from their new a16z crypto fund) were joined by names such as SV Angel, Aspect Ventures, Village Global, Multicoin Capital, Scalar Capital, Wanxiang Blockchain, Amino Capital, and many other specialist funds and accredited community members. We are very pleased to have our ongoing efforts validated by illustrious investors and to receive so much support from the community.

Dominic Williams

President/Chief Scientist DFINITY

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