Working With Shyft: Talking to ChainSafe’s Aidan Hyman

A conversation with ChainSafe’s Aidan Hyman, who has been working with Shyft’s technical team.

Where do you see ChainSafe in the context of the blockchain/Ethereum space?

Aidan Hyman, Founder of ChainSafe

We’re an Ethereum devshop that works to contribute to the wider ecosystem as much as possible through open source projects, working with clients that are pushing the boundaries of blockchain technology.

How long have you been in the Ethereum game?

I started out just mining with one of my partners about two and a bit years ago, and it all kind of took off from there.

And how did you cross paths with Joe Weinberg and Shyft?

The first time I ever met Joseph was at the OSC hackathon that they sponsored in November of 2017, I believe. That was the first blockchain hackathon I’d ever been to. So that was really awesome. But then Frederico [Nassire, CSO] and Chris [Forrester, CTO] actually reached out to us in about December to start potentially getting involved in a really exciting project (Shyft).

How do you see the Ethereum platform as a vehicle for solving these issues?

I see Ethereum as the pulse of the blockchain developer community and it’s leading in terms of the amount of developers that are contributing and interested in the project and building on top of it. I really see Ethereum as being a huge source of research and development in terms of how blockchain technology is growing and evolving every day. Also, the notion that code is law — it was really one of the first projects to give developers the opportunity to codify things that otherwise require such immense regulatory measures by truly centralized parties. Whereas we’re able to act and develop in a way that isn’t limited by the preexisting norms.

As you’re pushing those norms — you mentioned regulation. How do you find that that’s evolving? How is that how is that picture looking these days?

I mean people like Joseph are really leading the charge in making sure that regulators understand this technology, and Shyft having a partnership with the Bermudan government really shows how much support there is from governments all over the world. So it’s really exciting to be a part of a project like Shyft that is leading the charge.

As you’re working through and like her trying to take advantage of of the possibilities of Ethereum for identity, what do you see as the major obstacles that haven’t been figured out yet?

A project like Shyft isn’t necessarily reliant just on Ethereum, and really it’s a part of the wider blockchain ecosystem. It’s really exciting to be able to work on top of a lot of the Ethereum tools and the technologies that we’re used to. But it’s also doing more than just building a dApp on Ethereum, and it’s really allowing for a much more robust approach to being able to attest to information.

Do you feel good about the amount of progress that’s been made and and will be made over the next little while?

Absolutely. I’m very proud of the work that we’re doing and the work that’s been done. I remember first hearing about this project and seeing what I saw — we immediately knew that this is something we would be privileged to work on because of how far it’s pushing the technology and how focused the team is on following the technology through. And that’s really exciting because unfortunately in the blockchain space that’s not very frequent. Technology is not often the determining factor for how a project is going. One of my favorite parts of this project is that you can follow everything on GitHub. And so it’s really incredible to have an opportunity to be working on things that are transparent as well.

If you were trying to explain the value of the work that you’re doing and that Shyft is doing more broadly to someone who doesn’t care about blockchain doesn’t care about the industry, how would you go about that?

I think what’s so incredible about the kind of issues that we’re addressing is that everyone understands privacy of personal data is a common problem in the world. So I think, that for someone who isn’t focused on the technology, we can really just focus on the issues. For example, it’s perfectly normal for us to fully disclose our driver’s licenses to the liquor stores or bouncers at the bars. We typically don’t think much about it, yet there’s no reason they need to know where we live. Most people have social media accounts that block non-friends from viewing personal information. The same concept applies here. This example only highlights the potential impact Shyft can have on how the world identifies itself. That’s how I would talk to this person, trying to focus on the issues that we’re creating solutions for.

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