Preston Van Loon, cofounder and Ethereum core developer at Prysmatic Labs, talks about the Merge, its impact on an environmental level, and why he is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Treasury Department over Tornado Cash. 

Show highlights:

  • what the Merge is on a technical level and what its impact will be 
  • whether the proof of stake consensus mechanism makes the network more decentralized and secure
  • what happens if the Merge fails and whether there’s a contingency plan
  • why Preston founded Prysmatic Labs and how Prysm works
  • what the next steps are for Ethereum and what the community is working on
  • whether Preston thinks a proof of work Ethereum fork would succeed
  • when and how Ethereum’s high fees and scaling issues are going to be resolved
  • why Preston joined the lawsuit against the US Treasury over the Tornado Cash sanctions
  • how Preston would celebrate a successful Ethereum Merge

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Previous Coverage of Unchained on the Merge:

Lawsuit against the US Treasury:

The Merge:

ETH Post-Merge Dynamics: