Release Dates are great for markets...the information is valueable, but the incentive for individuals to say what they really believe is low. Worse still, humans are themselves terrible at estimating the time to complete one big project (vs a series of sub-projects that add up to that project). Often times, the specific knowledge of insiders must be combined with the de-biasing techniques of explicit outsiders
Following their success with Bitshares
, team Fairlay is now turning their attention to Ethereum
The current odds imply:
* ~ 34 % of finishing between now and July 1. ( ~ June 24th )
* ~ 75 % of finishing between now and August 1. ( ~ July 19th )https://www.fairlay.com/event/category/bitcoin/ethereum/all/?lt=1
The markets appear to have comparable depth, so simply averaging those reports would produce an overall forecast of ~July 5th
Pretty cool, right!?
I hope to see more markets for the official transition to Homestead, Metropolis, and Serenity.
...in the meantime, guessing can be fun, so let's try it.
Ethereum was announced in late 2013, and at that point I distinctly remember
the expected release date being "Q4 2014".
As Q4 2014 drew closer, the release was changed to "Winter 2014", presumably extending it as late as March 2015.
In March 2015, the Hexayurt Guy blogged
about how what would previously be known as "testing" would now be known as a "release", and what was originally known as Ethereum 2.0
would now be known as "Serenity".
In March 2015, the "two week" announcement for Frontier was given
So "Ethereum" went from Q4 2014 to Q4 2015 (so far). Covering a year while being pushed back a year.
Also, "Ethereum Frontier" went from March 20th to July 5th. Covering 3 months while being pushed back 5 months.
It might look like the Ethereum team is especially terrible at forecasting. I'll bet they aren't...forecasting is just universally difficult.
Anyways, seeing as the macro-forecasts seem to be off by a factor of two (1 year [ 0% Dec 2013 to 100% Dec 2014 ] becoming 2 years [ 0% Dec 2013 to 100% Dec 2015] ), and the more-valid sub-project forecast was worse, I'm willing to guess that that, assuming Ethereum was ((12+3)/24)ths done in March 2015 when the new forecasts were made, the "remaining 9 months" would also need to be doubled to 18. 18 months from March 2015 would be September 2016
( It is very unlikely that the Ethereum team has enough money
to make it the 15 months separating now from Sept 2016. )
From there, assuming all the major bugs and philosophical refinements were worked out in the pre-release testing
, it might be able to prove its conceptual stability by running for a year without hard forking. Then, in September 2017, Ethereum will finally have achieved the reliability of a January 2010 Bitcoin
. (Yes, Jan 2010 as in over 5 years ago...less than 12 months before the Jan 2010 date, on Feb 17th 2009, newly elected
Barack Obama signed the $787 billion dollar stimulus plan to combat the Great Recession...THAT
long ago was when Bitcoin had already run for a full year without a hard fork...Bitcoin was released when Bush was still president).
So it seems, using only past performance as a guide (always dangerous) and using no theoretical developer-model whatsoever (always prudent), Ethereum will be nothing but an experiment until September 2017.
If you think you can do better, you might post here or you could pester Fairlay to set up the appropriate markets. "Before Jan 1, 2017, Ethereum to have run for 1 year without a hard fork." would be a neat one (if a little long term).