This is an attempt at an excercise in goal-setting using mental time travel.
The idea is to imagine what we want grin to ideally look like in 5+ years and work backwards from those goals. Another aspect (related to risk management) is pre-mortems, where we imagine the worst case has already ocurred and work backwards from that scenario to try and prevent it ahead of time.
The things off the top of my mind that would be key ingredients for success in 5 years would be:
- Fully featured mobile node/wallets using ultra light protocols so that anyone can fully participate in the grin network from their phones.
- Mobile wallets integrated with NFC (like applepay) or smartcards (like chip credit cards), so that grin could be used easily to buy things out-and-about. Whether a phone or some piece of computer hardware would be required to program smartcards I can’t imagine, but I can picture an airgapped computer with an inxepensive cheap reader attached used to send slate files to a card or something (not sure how useful this would be, and may require all types of permanent address hacks, but the gist of it is I want a way to easily pay with grin with just my phone or a card.
- Cheap/open source point-of-sale hardware, likely able to run as a full node, that could be donated or dropped off at stores to quickly integrate grin into the shopping experience in a brick-and-mortar marketplace.
The list goes on, but just to get the ball rolling I’m starting with these because to replace cash grin has to be as easy and prevalent as credit cards, and I think this list presents some of the building blocks of this.
@lehnberg what do you think of this thought experiment.