Author: Star Daily
On the evening of July 25th, top Crypto venture capital firm LianGuaradigm published an article titled “Collaborate with LianGuaradigm” on its official website.
In the article, LianGuaradigm introduced ten potential trends that the organization is currently focusing on in the Crypto field, with the first one being “intent-centric protocols and infrastructure.”
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Regarding intent-centric, some readers may still be unfamiliar with the concept, but in fact, during the EthCC and its surrounding events in the past week, the concept has sparked extensive discussions, with some even calling it “the future of Web 3.”
At the ETHGlobal LianGuaris themed hackathon that concluded on July 23rd, a project called Bob the Solver made it to the final list of finalists with its concrete development of intent-centric, providing us with a glimpse of what intent-centric actually means.
Bob the Solver’s idea stems from the emerging paradigm shift in the field of account abstraction, with its core focus not on the precise “transaction” process, but on the user’s ultimate “intent.”
In the narrative logic of this project, “intent” represents the result that the user expects, while “transaction” includes the precise steps required to achieve that result. For example, a user plans to purchase an NFT on the Polygon network, which is their “intent,” simple and easy to understand. However, the corresponding “transaction” may involve a series of complex and time-consuming on-chain operations such as token swapping, cross-chain transfers, and purchasing, requiring a certain level of blockchain-related knowledge.
In the view of Bob the Solver, in most cases, users only have a “intent” requirement and do not need precise details about the “transaction.” Therefore, this project can accept the user’s “intent,” automatically generate appropriate transactions, and execute them on behalf of the user. Ultimately, Bob the Solver hopes to simplify the entire process of on-chain interaction, allowing more users who are not well-versed in blockchain to participate in the wave of Web 3.
Coincidentally, Anoma, which has just completed a $25 million financing, also frequently mentioned intent-centric at EthCC. The project’s two co-founders, Arian Brink and Christopher Goes, have both given speeches sharing the development of intent-centric.
Christopher Goes’ speech on intent-centric rollups.
Similar to Bob the Solver, Arian Brink stated in the sharing that Anoma supports an architecture specification centered around “intent,” where users need to initiate “intent” instead of “transactions.” Specifically, users only need to specify the desired state change they want to achieve, without worrying about the specific execution.
In Anoma’s view, “intent” can be customized and its content can be complex, thus achieving better expression of user needs and ultimately opening up new possibilities for applications.
In addition to Bob the Solver and Anoma, there are also other projects in the market that are developing around the concept of intent-centric, such as Essential, which was recently unveiled on July 18.
Essential’s main focus is on reducing certain exploitative behaviors (such as MEV) in the “transaction” process, in order to return to users the ideal “intent” results.
In Essential’s view, after a user initiates a “transaction,” every participant in the transaction chain will act according to their own interests and profit from it, which reduces the final value received by the user.
Therefore, Essential hopes to build a blockchain system based on “intent” and introduce a role of Solver, which will be responsible for collecting users’ “intent” demands in bulk and finding the best solutions to maximize the return of results that align with the “intent” for users.
In summary, there are already many projects being developed around the concept of intent-centric. Although each project has different visions (for example, Bob the Solver aims to attract more users, Anoma aims to help users achieve better expression of needs, while Essential focuses on reducing exploitative behaviors), they all take the same path, which is to replace “transactions” with “intent” and completely change the interaction paradigm of the current on-chain ecosystem.
With the call to action from LianGuairadigm and the influence of this institution in the industry, it is certain that more projects focusing on intent-centric will emerge in the future. Perhaps this will also be a seed that propels Crypto towards the next peak.