As we step into 2024, RSS3 is poised to expect its Mainnet - a moment we’ve been waiting for over 2 and a half years. The launch of our Mainnet marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards creating a more decentralized, efficient, and open Internet. In this blog, we will outline our roadmap toward the Mainnet and share our vision for the future of the Open Information Layer.
The Mainnet Alpha is the first stage of the RSS3 Mainnet. It is set to go online within the first two months of 2024. It brings alpha nodes to the table, where any node operator can just set up such a node and allow users to participate with the alpha tokenomics - a mechanism that will continue to evolve with the development of the network. Also, the Value Sublayer (VSL) will be ready in the form of an Ethereum L2 - it will start to handle the aforementioned mechanism and allow external dApps to leverage vast Open Information to build upon.
In the Alpha phase, Alpha Nodes will be introduced. These nodes are not technically the serving nodes backing the network - they are warm-up runners that will be rewarded as part of the tokenomics. These nodes will evolve with the development of the Mainnet and eventually transition into fully qualified RSS3 Serving Nodes.
As described in the proposal, the Mainnet tokenomics will incentivize all contributors to the Network. The alpha tokenomics is introduced to encourage the entire RSS3 community to start participating in some of the more important mechanisms of the Network so we can evolve together.
VSL Mainnet as Ethereum L2
Another significant milestone in this Alpha phase is the launch of the RSS3 VSL (Value Sublayer) as an Ethereum Layer 2. This makes it possible for the RSS3 Network to handle smart contracts and the trustless logic behind them. Alpha nodes and alpha tokenomics are the first ones to come, with much more en route.
The Mainnet Beta is the second step towards production. It is signified by the involvement of Public Good Nodes and their corresponding Public Good Pool. The Celestia DA upgrade for the VSL will also happen at this stage. The Mainnet Beta is expected to come online no later than the end of April 2024.
Public Good Nodes
In the Beta phase, we will introduce the Public Good Node. These nodes are a step towards greater decentralization, allowing for more diverse participation and contributions from the community. Public Good Nodes will be contributing to the Network by indexing and structuring information and responding to requests. However, they will not get rewards from any party - as the name suggests, they exist for Public Goods provision.
Public Good Pool
While Public Good Nodes won’t participate in the tokenomics, they can still be trusted. Members of the RSS3 community can delegate their tokens to a Public Good Pool and entrust specific Public Good Nodes for the scalability and security of the network. The pool will be introduced during the Beta stage.
VSL with Celestia DA
VSL will be integrating with Celestia for Data Availability (DA) at this stage. This integration will significantly lower the VSL’s transaction fee. Such advancement lays the fundamentals for the VSL to have a thriving ecosystem.
The Mainnet Production will come before the end of June 2024, and it will be coming with the launch of permissionless Serving Nodes and the full tokenomics for the rest. This is a stage where alpha nodes and tokenomics will all evolve into the production version, further strengthening the Open Information Layer. A grant proposal will also be introduced to attract more Open Web builders to join the Network.
The Production phase sees the launch of permissionless Serving Nodes. Node operators can now deploy any type of Serving Nodes to the Network and get rewarded for the work and (or) tax from external delegators. This advancement marks a significant shift towards an increasingly decentralized network where anyone can contribute to and participate in the RSS3 ecosystem.
By then, the tokenomics outlined in the proposal will be fully actualized, and all Network participants, including Serving Node operators, Public Good operators, delegators, and developers, will have established a stable and growing ecosystem.
Open Information Grant
A grant focusing on Open Information will be introduced in this stage as well. The grant will cover most of the aspects of building the Open Web and also how different components of the RSS3 network can help achieve that goal.
With the core elements already established, a bright future lies ahead. Beginning in Q3, we will be focusing on enhancing the Nodes for more sophisticated applications. Some of the most intriguing topics include transparent social feed algorithms, modularized search engines, and decentralized/localized AI models.
Transparent social feed algorithms
We live in an era of social media - and the algorithms controlling the feed. The rise of Web3 social presents a unique opportunity that it is possible for us to build algorithms that are open, fair, and transparent. Lots of Nodes within the RSS3 network are expected to cover Web3 social data. Therefore, we are looking forward to having an open algorithm module for Nodes to adopt and build upon.
Modularized and vertical search engines
A lot can be done for search engines - they can get smarter, more open, and more customized. RSS3 Nodes naturally cover a wide range of information that is ready for consumption, and it is expected that the search modules equipped on the Nodes will bring such advancements.
Decentralized / localized AI models
AI models are destined to be the next king of information dissemination. While their efficiency, accuracy, and capability are growing at an unprecedented rate, RSS3 upholds its commitment to openness, fairness, and decentralization. All RSS3 Nodes will have the option to build their local AI models leveraging their data coverage.
As we continue on this exciting journey, we extend an invitation for you to be a part of shaping the Open Information Layer's future. The upcoming RSS3 Mainnet launch is not just a technological milestone; it's a step towards a more open, connected, and decentralized Internet.
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