ICON Updates ICX Transaction Fee System to "Fee 2.0"
Yesterday, “Fee 2.0” was published to the ICON mainnet. Fee 2.0 is a major update to ICON’s transaction fee system that allows DApp operators to pay transaction fees for users. At first glance, this update may seem insignificant, but it’s actually a huge step in the right direction for mass adoption of DApps.
Value in Invisibility
For better or for worse, in today’s society, we take many incredible innovations for granted. We value “invisibility” without even knowing it. This post that you’re reading is a perfect example of how we value invisibility. How did it get from my web server in Los Angeles to your screen wherever you are?
Your web browser makes an HTTP request to BrianLi.com.
Cloudflare, my DNS provider responds, and routes the request to the IP address of my web server in Los Angeles.
NGINX, my web server, receives the request and passes it to WordPress.
After the webpage is built, it’s sent back to your web browser.
Everyday, billions of similar requests are made across the Internet, and most people don’t know, or don’t care, how it happens. It just does.
Designing for the Mainstream
Over the past few decades, the technology that connects us has gotten faster, smarter, and more reliable. At the same time, there has been an intense effort to simplify the way we interact with technology with the goal of creating a better user experience. Operating a computer 30 years ago was intimidating. It required interacting with a command line interface with a specific command syntax. Nowadays, we have beautiful point and click GUIs that take 99% of the guess work out of operating a computer. User experience is negatively correlated with effort. Most people don’t like putting in effort when they don’t have to – that’s just the way of life. Thus, in order to create a technology product that many people will want to use, it needs to be optimized for user experience. It needs to be frictionless.