This past Sunday (Feb 27), we held an exclusive AMA with Aleph Zero co-founders Matthew Niemerg and Antoni Zolciak on Discord. The conversation had text and audio segments and included questions from the DAC team as well as the AZERO community.
The wide-ranging AMA covered a lot of ground, from staking to smart contracts to security and even the team’s admirable efforts to assist refugees from Ukraine in Poland. Here’s a brief overview.
One thing that makes Aleph Zero unique is how it builds on the core strengths of its founding team. Matt’s academic background in math allowed him to understand the protocol’s core mathematics as well as the science required to build out its infrastructure. Antoni’s diverse background in IT as well as the arts and soft sciences brings him a gift for translating technology to communication.
After setting out to build a better Layer 1 then building out new and asynchronous features, Aleph Zero’s privacy allows core users to build using Liminal’s free privacy framework.
The minimum requirement to become a validator will be 25k tokens, but initial validators will be limited to a centrally managed list of 25 professionals and businesses. This will help ensure early stability and security for nominators. While the final number of validators has yet to be decided, the intention is to maintain a decentralized spirit of allowing everyone with a given amount of coins to become a validator.
Staking on mainnet will likely be the first week of April, though this isn’t yet set in stone. More to come once staking is on the testnet.
In response to a question about anti-spam mechanics for private smart contracts, Antoni noted that in the context of MultiParty Computation (sMPC), the team and community will likely be able to handle strict anti-spam measures themselves, though the specifics of a dedicated data controller in a decentralized network may involve working with regulators.
The team is working to combine an industry-leading DEX and a user-friendly wallet for a smooth and secure single solution. To that end, they have a new site currently in developments as well as app mockups with the team working towards bridging with Terra. Common is expected to launch later in the year, followed by Liminal.
Finally, as much of the Aleph Zero technology, marketing, and design team is based in Kraków, Poland, they have been working hard to help refugees from Ukraine find shelter. In addition to over 100 possible housing locations, they may also be able to help secure food, water, and legal assistance for refugees displaced by the recent conflict. If you need assistance or know someone who does, the team encourages you to reach out to them. More details to come throughout the week.