Navigating Web3: A Conversation with Computer Scientist Orest

In the ever-evolving world of tech, the shift from Web2 to Web3 has become a defining moment. Supermoon Station caught up with Orest, a seasoned computer scientist making waves in this transformative sphere.

Initially entrenched in the startup scene outside of crypto, Orest's journey took a turn when he encountered zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs) and multi-party computation. These discoveries acted as a gateway, pulling him into the realm of Web3.

For Orest, the shift to Web3 wasn't driven by external forces alone; it was a blend of tech intrigue and a philosophical match. His love for the open-source community seamlessly fits into the Web3 ethos, where collaboration meets commercial viability.

He touched on the topic of the skepticism surrounding crypto, Orest acknowledged the existence of scams but highlighted the intriguing technology and positive secondary effects. He urged aspiring web3 developers not to be overly deterred by the scams but to brace themselves for a still-maturing ecosystem. "There is a lot of scam in this field, but it's not the defining property. It's more of an annoyance, so don't get too scared about it. But brace yourself." Despite its tarnished image, areas like fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) and multi-party computation offer fertile ground for exploration.

Establishing a trustworthy brand in Web3 isn't about reinventing the wheel; it's about learning from the past. Drawing parallels to the growth of email services, Orest foresees a future where improved user experience, akin to Gmail's spam filtration, could combat prevalent scams in the Web3 space. "I think something similar can be expected for crypto and the web. It's about UX. Just as Gmail filters out spam, advancements will make crypto more accessible and trustworthy."

Orest's participation in a fuel workshop uncovered insights into light contracts and predicates, shedding light on the spectrum between lightweight functions and robust smart contracts within the fuel blockchain.

Looking forward, Orest's insights paint a picture of the evolving Web3 landscape. Beyond the doubts and noise, a promising horizon beckons those captivated by the blend of technology, philosophy, and the transformative potential that defines Web3's essence.