2018 was a fantastic year for Fetch.AI: from our video and Technical Introduction Paper through the source-code release to our advanced scalable ledger, we’ve gone from prototypes to production of the key innovations in less time than it takes our planet to whizz around the sun. Ending the year with our custom virtual machine and SDKs to allow agent development in Python and C++ left us with all the key foundation pieces for the following year: the journey to main-net.
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
2019: The action-packed first half
Let’s dive into 2019 with our scheduled Development Release. At the time of writing, this is ready to go: that’s the by-invite access to the test-network, Network Participation App (NPA) and the test-network’s Wallet app. When we say “by-invite” we mean “if you have the FET ERC20 token”. The ERC20 token acts as a key that entitles you to tokens on the test-net that you can use for development, network use and more. With our apps, such as the NPA, anyone can build and deploy agents that represent sensors and information inside their mobile devices – a really easy way of contributing and seeing how value can be gained from connecting to the network. As the months roll on, the NPA will also introduce an agent that gets things done for you and a way of visualising and exploring the Fetch.AI digital world in real-time. There is a website that works out entitlement and that will be in place for when tokens are in people’s hands. This site also forms a key part of the initial release of the community web site: where we support and work with those building things on Fetch.AI.
As we move into Spring, we have the Public Test-Network milestone. This is due at the end of April and introduces a broader access test-network complete with improved Open Economic Framework (“OEF”, our digital world for agents) and many more of the parts surrounding the Fetch.AI smart contract mechanism.
2019: A sprint towards main-net
Summer brings some very important new developments, the biggest of which is the integration of our unique consensus mechanism. This, coupled with useful proof-of-work and our decentralised ledger computing platform (which we call “synergetic computing“) means that the end of June will be the first time that all of the major Fetch.AI components are together roughly as they are intended on being. We are referring to this as our Consensus and Synergetic Computing milestone. This sets us up for the end of July where we have our Alpha release. Alpha is where we effectively have a main-net, but we might have more bugs than an insect house and and have popped some new strings on the guitar but not yet tuned them: it’s complete, but some of the functionality detail may be yet to arrive. It is this Alpha release where we start to rapidly increase our efforts on security, stability and performance tuning with the help of our community.
As the leaves start to turn orange, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, we move into Beta. Beta is defined as ‘all expected main-net functionality present and functioning, but with tuning, fixes and tweaks yet to be made’. Beta marks the clear start to the final furlong towards main-net. At some point, when the tickets are all closed and the network is behaving as expected, it becomes the main-net. Fetch.AI is scheduling that point for the end of Q4, 2019, and we’re incredibly excited to be on that journey with all the supporters, partners and developers involved in doing cool things in this new ecosystem.
Here’s to a growing population of agents!