Dash unveils plans through 2020

While nobody knows what the future truly holds, payments-focused digital currency Dash has detailed what it expects to happen through 2020 and beyond in an eight-page roadmap found on its website.
The plans focus on the phased launch of Evolution, a decentralized payments platform designed to be completely secure, merchant and customer friendly, globally accessible, instant, and available on any device at fees lower than other payment methods. It is more than one year into its design stage and is set for public launch next June following an alpha test this December and limited function release in February.

“Dash Evolution will dramatically improve the experience of using a digital currency,” Dash Core CEO Ryan Taylor said. “Our aim with Evolution is to tear down the barriers to adoption for both merchants and consumers so that any person, no matter their age, nationality, education, or technical proficiency, can use digital currency everyday and for almost any purpose.

“Think of Evolution as online payments, a system similar to PayPal or Venmo, but completely decentralized, so that a user is always in control of his or her own money. Moreover, Evolution will be incredibly inexpensive, with no cross-border fees or restrictions. Disruptive innovation in the payments space is accelerating. With our approach, Dash could be the first to bring digital currency to a truly massive audience.”

If you like that news, there’s more where it came from, Dash Core CTO Andy Freer said.

“We are already in talks with channel partners who have access to thousands of merchants; the days of losing three per cent cuts against each sale are numbered. Through continuous development and testing phases, Dash will begin onboarding merchants, fiat converters, gateway services and users, listen closely to their feedback, and adjust the platform accordingly. Evolution is a massive endeavor with gigantic promises, but we will accomplish our goals through the help of an All-Star team of dozens of the world’s best programmers, researchers, project managers, technologists, and user experience experts.”

Dash aims to facilitate a high volume of transactions at physical POS locations, on devices, and via online transfers simultaneously through a Proof of Service masternode model and with the assistance of Dash-specific hardware chips capable of processing orders of magnitude faster than general-purpose computing platforms.

“Dash Labs will be responsible for the research and development of custom, open-source hardware, including specialized chips for accelerated processing of blocks,” Mr. Freer said. “We’ve seen how difficult it is for a blockchain to scale, especially when adoption is growing so fast. Both Bitcoin and Ethereum are having serious slow-downs when they approach 300,000 transactions per day.

“Ours is a different philosophy, one that actually aligns most closely with the Bitcoin inventor’s vision that nodes would eventually grow into individual server farms, with users accessing from lite clients. The P2P network becomes the backend of the currency, with the frontend comprised of the end-users.”

Dash will reduce mining imbalances seen in other Proof of Work networks and enable enhanced on-chain scaling because their system provides compensation for running the hardware needed to service the network. Masternodes will become more powerful over time, and the incentive model ensures that as Dash grows and the need for sophisticated hardware grows, providers are paid accordingly for their service.