Programming languages prevent mainstream DeFi
Decentralized finance (DeFi) is growing fast. Total value locked, a measure of money managed by DeFi protocols, has grown from $10 billion to a little more than $40 billion over the last two years after peaking at $180 billion.
The elephant in the room? More than $10 billion was lost to hacks and exploits in 2021 alone. Feeding that elephant: Today’s smart contract programming languages fail to provide adequate features to create and manage assets — also known as “tokens.” For DeFi to become mainstream, programming languages must provide asset-oriented features to make DeFi smart contract development more secure and intuitive.
Ben Far is head of partnerships at RDX Works, the core developer of the Radix protocol. Prior to RDX Works, he held managerial positions at PwC and Deloitte, where he served clients on matters relating to the governance, audit, risk management and regulation of financial technology. He holds a bachelor of arts in geography and economics and a master’s degree in mapping software and analytics from the University of Leeds.