The Ethereum community’s recent EthCC 2023 event witnessed various innovative projects and exciting new features. Polygon’s decentralized social networking platform, Lens Protocol, introduced its highly-anticipated V2 update, promising many cutting-edge enhancements.
One of the standout features in Lens Protocol’s V2 update is “Open Actions.” This groundbreaking addition enables third-party smart contracts to engage in real-time interactions with Lens postings. This means that users on OpenSea can now include content from Lens publications directly into their NFTs, elevating the scope of decentralized social networking.
Web3 apps for enhanced interoperability
The Lens team is devoted to boosting platform interactivity, and they are achieving this through the implementation of Web3 apps. These apps are set to improve interoperability and optimize product module structure. Additionally, holders of NFTs can easily interact with apps by attaching tokens built on the ERC-6551 standard.
With the V2 update, NFT ownership undergoes a transformative shift. Instead of being tied solely to wallet addresses, NFT ownership is now associated with user profiles complete with photos. This opens up exciting potential applications in the metaverse, allowing users to program a plot of land to manage their Lens profile image and facilitate social interactions among landowners.
Lens protocol secures $15 million in funding
The Lens Protocol secured $15 million in funding in June 2023. This impressive investment further solidifies Lens Protocol’s position as a decentralized social networking industry leader poised to shape the future of digital interactions.
Lens Protocol is not only dedicated to innovative features but also to scaling solutions. Recently, the team launched Bonsai, a layer-3 scaling solution optimized for handling huge transaction volumes with minimal overhead. Furthermore, Lens Protocol leverages Momoka, a powerful scalability solution allowing off-chain storing of transaction data while ensuring on-chain validation.
Solana Labs introduced Solang, a new compiler tailored to simplify the transition of Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) developers to the Solana environment. This move expands developer access, enabling Ethereum developers fluent in Solidity to study and create software for the Solana network.
By providing support for Solana SPL coins and offering backward compatibility with Ethereum’s Solidity 0.8, Solang creates a bridge for more Ethereum programmers to join the Solana ecosystem. This emphasis on simplifying the development process using familiar tools like Solidity and EVM fosters interchain cooperation and sets the stage for groundbreaking advancements in the decentralized banking sector.
The Chainlink Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol (CCIP) was successfully released on the mainnet, supporting Avalanche, Ethereum, Optimism, and Polygon blockchains. Co-founder Sergey Nazarov highlighted the CCIP’s mission to build a “secure and reliable internet of contracts,” which promises to garner mainstream interest from major institutions, individuals, and asset managers.
Coinbase’s Base and the decentralized future of layer-2 blockchains
Jesse Pollak, Coinbase’s director of Base and head of protocols, shared insights on the decentralized future of layer-2 blockchains. He compared the current blockchain landscape to the pre-internet era, emphasizing the need to simplify product development for the world. According to Pollak, Base will align with Optimism’s proposed “open neutrality framework,” aiming to provide guidelines for decentralized network designs.
Embracing a blockchain-based Future
As the Ethereum community reveals groundbreaking projects and features at EthCC 2023, it becomes evident that decentralized social networking and blockchain technology is poised for a paradigm shift.
With Lens Protocol’s V2 update and Solana Labs’ Solang compiler leading the charge, users can expect a richer, more interactive experience in the decentralized realm. The introduction of the Chainlink CCIP and Coinbase’s Base further solidifies the shift towards a blockchain-based system, hinting at a transformative future of interchain cooperation and decentralized development.
The EthCC 2023 showcased a series of remarkable advancements that will undoubtedly shape the future of decentralized technologies and redefine digital interactions across various blockchain ecosystems. As these innovations gain momentum, the journey toward a blockchain-powered future gathers pace, ushering in a new era of decentralized possibilities.