Now that the evolution of testnet into mainnet is nearly complete, we felt that the time was right to deliver one whitepaper to rule them all which would serve as a single source of truth for anyone looking to understand Koinos at the most fundamental level. Koinos Group is excited to announce the release of that new, unified whitepaper, today!
After leaving Steemit, our goal was to build a company that would empower developers to build dApps like Steem and Hive, but on a truly decentralized and fee-less blockchain. However, when we analyzed the different blockchains available, we found that none had the properties we needed. The “fee-less” blockchains were not truly fee-less, requiring that users pay for RAM and/or accounts. They were also not truly decentralized as a result of their launch (ICOs) or their consensus algorithm, and often both.
Ultimately, we didn’t just want to support the kind of fee-less dApps that already existed, we wanted to take blockchain accessibility to the extreme by enabling, for the first time ever, free-to-use dApps which would require not only fee-less transactions, but free accounts, free smart contract execution, and network resource delegation. Delivering these capabilities required building an entirely new blockchain from the ground up.
We started by releasing the whitepaper for the Koinos blockchain framework; the first blockchain capable of *evolution*. The Koinos framework would serve as the evolving “backbone” at the heart of mainnet that would enable it to improve at a more rapid rate than any other blockchain out there. This same property enabled testnet to evolve, and as it did we released more whitepapers to describe how it was getting more advanced. Those whitepapers (framework, mana, proof-of-burn) addressed each component as if they were in a vacuum, but their entire purpose is to power the most accessible blockchain ever: Koinos mainnet.
This whitepaper doesn’t just unify all of those previous whitepapers, it describes how they all work together to create a general purpose blockchain that is more than just another Ethereum competitor; it’s the first genuine alternative to Ethereum. While everyone else is trying to offer something just like Ethereum but with slightly lower fees or slightly faster, Koinos delivers something that’s more than fee-less; it’s free-to-use, efficient and truly decentralized.
We want to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of community members who have helped to make Koinos already more decentralized than most probably realize. In addition to creating the Kondor web wallet, and providing valuable feedback throughout the development of Koinos, Julian Gonzalez also provided insightful feedback to the unified the whitepaper being released today.
After reading our original proof-of-burn whitepaper, Luke Willis suggested the idea of eliminating the NFT miners and instead using the fungible tokens to quantify how much virtual hash power a user had acquired through token burns; the design featured in this whitepaper.
Koinos has already evolved into something that far exceeds our original expectations. We hope this whitepaper captures why we are so excited to see complete mainnet development and see Koinos come to life. We hope you enjoy reading it!