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Block building after the Merge

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Block building after the Merge

Duration: 00:28:45

Speaker: Alex Stokes

Type: Talk

Expertise: Intermediate

Event: Devcon 6

Date: Oct 2022

We are seeing the emergence of a specialized role on the Ethereum network dedicated to assembling the contents of each block as the ecosystem grows and the impact of "maximum extractable value" (MEV) becomes clear. This talk investigates block building after the Merge and what considerations the move to proof-of-stake brings to the process along with what norms we should strive for to avoid dangerous centralization pressures while maximizing validator profits.
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Alex Stokes

Alex Stokes is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation who believes deeply in the Ethereum vision. To achieve this vision, he has been working on scaling R&D to make the core protocol more secure and accessible to everyone. This includes tooling and testing work for the Merge, exploratory prototyping for sharding work like EIP-4844 and EIP-4895 to enable validator withdrawals after the Merge. When he is not working on Ethereum, you can find him at the nearest mountaintop.

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