The Future of Blockchain with Gavin Wood: Behind the Code

Gavin Wood discusses blockchain's future, Polkadot's innovations, and solutions like Agile Coretime and JAM in Behind the Code: Web3 Thinkers.
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In a recent episode of Behind the Code: Web3 Thinkers with Gavin Wood, co-founder of Polkadot and Ethereum, and the architect of JAM, delved deep into the complexities and future of blockchain technology. Wood shared his insights on crypto regulation, the challenges and opportunities presented by decentralized AI, and the groundbreaking technical solutions embodied in Agile Coretime and JAM. Here are the key takeaways from this enlightening discussion.

Balancing Ideals and Pragmatism in Blockchain

Wood began by discussing the delicate balance required to bring blockchain technology to the mass market. He highlighted the need to be pragmatic without compromising the core principles of decentralization and resilience. While some blockchain projects prioritize market compatibility over decentralization, Polkadot strives to maintain a higher standard of ideological integrity. This balance is crucial for creating systems that are truly decentralized and resistant to entrenched societal forces.

Polkadot: The World’s Largest DAO

One of Polkadot’s most significant achievements is its status as the world’s largest decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). With the biggest DAO treasury and economy governed by DAO principles, Polkadot stands out in the blockchain landscape. This level of decentralization extends to governance, making Polkadot a resilient and unstoppable force in the face of regulatory scrutiny. Wood emphasized the importance of this structure, especially as the industry and regulations evolve.

The Concept of Al-Legality in Blockchain

Wood introduced the concept of “al-legality,” where blockchain systems operate independently of traditional legal frameworks. Unlike conventional human-operated systems that rely on legal structures, blockchain technologies function without reference to legality. This independence positions blockchain as a revolutionary force in society, akin to foundational technologies like fire, the wheel, and the internet.

Addressing the Challenges of Centralized AI

Wood expressed concerns about the rise of centralized AI and its potential to bias and corrupt human communication. He highlighted the dangers of AI intermediating and altering communications, which can lead to a highly centralized control of information. To counter this, blockchain technology offers a means to reduce the bias introduced by AI and maintain the integrity of human interactions. This is crucial for preserving the freedoms and sovereignty we enjoy today.

Agile Coretime and Core JAM: Enhancing Polkadot’s Flexibility

Agile Coretime represents a significant advancement in how Polkadot’s resources are managed. By allowing cores to be rented for shorter periods, it introduces a more responsive market economy. This flexibility benefits developers, enabling them to create applications with varying usage patterns without being locked into long-term commitments. Core JAM takes this concept further, enabling a more general-purpose use of Polkadot’s resources. This approach opens up Polkadot to a wider range of applications, fulfilling the original vision of a versatile “world computer.” JAM’s technical improvements promise to deliver performance levels significantly higher than those of Ethereum, making it a pivotal step in Polkadot’s evolution.

The Future of Web3 and Polkadot’s Role

Wood sees JAM as an essential technical step that enhances Polkadot’s general-purpose capabilities. However, he emphasized that Polkadot is just one tool in the broader mission of Web3. The future will likely see a diverse ecosystem of tools and applications, many of which will build on the foundation laid by JAM and Polkadot.


Gavin Wood’s insights provide a comprehensive understanding of the current and future landscape of blockchain technology. Polkadot’s commitment to decentralization, its innovative solutions like Agile Coretime and JAM, and its role in countering the centralization of AI position it as a critical player in the Web3 revolution. As the industry evolves, Polkadot’s flexibility and foundational principles will continue to drive innovation and adoption in the blockchain space.
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