Ethereum co-founder claims account abstraction integration would allow users to pay transaction fees in the same tokens they are using for transaction.
Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently shed light on some key challenges Ethereum faces in its mission to bring on board a billion users through account abstraction integration.
Buterin shared his thoughts during the Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) in Paris on July 18th.
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During his address, he explained some of the exciting enhancements that account abstraction could introduce, as well as the obstacles currently standing in the way of this concept's full realization.
In the existing Ethereum framework, users transacting with ERC-20 tokens must have Ether (ETH) to cover network transaction fees. Buterin explained that the advent of "paymasters," extensions associated with account abstraction, could usher in a new era where users can pay fees in the same tokens they are transacting with.
Moreover, this innovation can open up possibilities for decentralized applications (dApps) to sponsor the bill for their user transactions.
Furthermore, during his speech, Buterin also introduced the concept of signature aggregation, another extension with significant potential.
With this tool, developers could save on both financial and data aspects, as Buterin noted:
This is actually especially a big deal on rollups because in a rollup a big or on because a big part of the size of a transaction is the signature on a rollup.
However, despite the promising features that account abstraction presents, the road to its full implementation is fraught with challenges, such as the necessity for an Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) to transform Ethereum’s user accounts into smart contracts. On top of that, developers must ensure that the protocol retains its function across Layer-2 solutions.
Additionally, Buterin highlighted hurdles that occur when attempting to merge this new protocol with existing technologies such as biometrics and pre-existing wallets.
While acknowledging the challenges, Buterin expressed his enthusiasm for the progress made so far in the account abstraction journey, stating:
Account abstraction has made a lot of progress, and I'm excited about all of the progress that we'll continue making in the future.
Despite the struggles that Ethereum faces in implementing account abstraction, Vitalik Buterin remains hopeful and enthusiastic about future progress, underscoring the potential of the technology to revolutionize the network.