The Core developer believes that bitcoin is maturing and growing stronger among the debates and discordances of the recent months. He insists that traditional development process in bitcoin is passing away.
During his presentation at the MIT Bitcoin Expo 2016, Cory Fields, also a member of MIT Digital Currency Initiative, claimed that the historically formed scheme of bitcoin development is coming to an end, with more bitcoin users trying to influence the process. He voiced out his belief that bitcoin becomes more open to common users with the community's reluctance to adopt any change proposed by the Bitcoin Core team.
“In the last year or so, a big change is that Bitcoin has gone social. Not only that, but the development process of Bitcoin has gone social.”
The uneasy process of bitcoin scaling and improvement displays the system's overall health as it becomes more difficult to manage it by decisions of only one team.
“You know you have a beautifully constructed and safe system when the designers of the system can’t change it if they want to.”
Fields was quoted as saying that for a developer easily manipulated systems are not of particular interest and “not worth working” with them. He even compared current discussions within bitcoin community with war, where bitcoin is described as a kind of a sieged castle.
“Bitcoin is a system designed to resist change and hostile takeover. We've lost if the fighting stops and it's easy to change.”
In March, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted an annual academic conference dedicated to bitcoin digital currency. The conference entirely organised by the MIT student community was held on the University campus and featured a number of prominent speakers, including Bitcoin Core developers Peter Todd, Jonas Schnelli,
Lighting Network white paper co-author Joseph Poon, Sia CEO David Vorick, Princeton University Assistant Professor Arvind Narayanan and others. The most hotly debated topic was, to no surprise, the bitcoin block size scaling and the need for consensus within the community.