This week’s major Ethereum upgrade, Shapella (it was really two upgrades, Shanghai and Capella, in one), brings the network’s multi-year journey to proof-of-stake to a close. With validator withdrawals now live, the Ethereum Foundation’s Tim Beiko explains Shapella’s significance, why EIP-4844 is the next big thing, and what else is on Ethereum’s roadmap.

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Show highlights:

  • how Ethereum transitioned from a proof-of-work consensus mechanism to proof-of-stake
  • what the concerns about enabling withdrawals among developers were
  • why the upgrade has “de-risked” staking on Ethereum
  • whether there are going to be more solo stakers now that The Merge is fully completed
  • what’s next in the roadmap of Ethereum and how EIP-4844 will decrease the cost of posting data for Layer 2s
  • what “proposer-builder separation” is and what it intends to solve

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Tim Beiko, head of the Ethereum protocol developer calls

Previous coverage of Unchained on the upgrade:

Ethereum’s Shapella Upgrade – What to Expect? How Will ETH React to Ethereum’s Shanghai Upgrade?