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Lukso Blockchain Introduces ‘Universal Profiles’ to Boost Ethereum’s ‘Fancy’ Potential, Reveals Fabian Vogesteller

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Lukso Releases Beta Version of Universal Profiles

Lukso Releases Beta Version of Universal Profiles

A Layer 1 Blockchain for Creative Types

Lukso, a layer 1 blockchain for creative types co-founded by blockchain veterans Fabian Vogelsteller and Marjorie Hernandez, is releasing the beta version of “Universal Profiles” – a feature designed to give users a holistic “on-chain identity” that comes with a recoverable crypto wallet as well as a profile for interacting with social media applications.

Integrating User Activity Under One Account

The Universal Profiles can be used on the blockchain for all sorts of applications (NFTs, decentralized social media, payments), therefore integrating the activity of users under one account that is more than just a wallet address.

Recovery Options for Users

Currently, the most common type of blockchain accounts, known as Externally Owned Accounts (EOA), have limited recovery options; if a user loses their private key, their crypto holdings are lost forever. EOA accounts also can’t attach information that could be read by other smart contracts, and transaction fees cannot be paid by other parties as well on an EOA, meaning the user is in charge of providing fees for gas.

Lukso’s Universal Profiles comes with recovery options – employing a smart contract account that can be restored via procedure, or their key manager, if the keys are lost.

Attaching Information to Profiles

In addition, the Universal Profile can read any piece of information, like a photo or a video, which can then be attached to their profile and can be read by other decentralized applications or “dapps” on the blockchain.

Making Web3 More Accessible

The team says that the aim of the project is to give brands an opportunity to bring their identity to the blockchain, a means of making web3 more accessible to the masses.

“We are trying to onboard the 99% of the users that haven’t used blockchain yet,” Fabian Volgesteller, co-founder of Lukso and an Ethereum veteran, said in an interview. “Because everybody that’s currently using blockchain is a niche that has learned to hop through hoops of difficult steps.”

Lukso's Universal Profiles on Testnet (Lukso)
Lukso’s Universal Profiles on Testnet (Lukso)

No Gas Fees for Users

With Universal Profiles, users won’t have to pay for gas – fees for transactions – on the blockchain. The Foundation for the New Creative Economies, the body behind Lukso, is allocating a certain amount of LYX for gas usage for users, and setting up a marketplace for relay providers so that users can subscribe and choose which relay to use to pay for their gas (sort of like choosing a mobile plan.)

“We want to have a lot of competing transaction relay services that have their own business model, and that compete for users because then we can pull ourselves out of the picture,” Vogelsteller told CoinDesk.

Lukso’s Growth Potential

Lukso’s mainnet went live in May. Since then, nearly 57,000 validators are running the network.

Vogelsteller boldly claims that eventually, “Lukso will be bigger than Ethereum,” but for now he positions it as just an improved version with more user-friendly features.

“It’s Ethereum, just fancy, and it’s Ethereum in its essence,” he said. “But what Ethereum is missing is the easy-in, the usability, the normie kind of capacity.”


Read more: Inventor of Ethereum’s ERC-20 Token Standard Plans New Blockchain ‘LUKSO’ for Creative Types

UPDATE (September 12, 13:43 UTC): Updates number of validators running the network.

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