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Where can one find updates on Casper POS? I hear its been constantly delayed. When is it expected to arrive? And is there an alpha/beta state where one can test it out now?

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The latest information has come from a Techchrunch panel that included Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum researcher Justin Drake (among others). This panel, which took place in July 2018, discussed the future of Ethereum, including Casper POS and sharding.

From the panel, Drake said, "My expectation is that Casper will come first — possible next year, 2019”.

Drake continued with “Then in sharding we’ve actually broken it down into two big phases. Phase one is actually the data layer, so coming to consensus as to what data is in the shards. Phase two is all about the state, giving meaning to that data and the notion of transaction.”

Drake believes sharding phases one and two will come in 2020 and 2021, respectively

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    What was the previous proposed deadlines that they missed? I don't keep up with it much but wanted to know as alot of articles keep stating that they kept delaying it. – Patoshi パトシ Sep 21 '18 at 19:47
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    It was believed that Casper would be out in 2018 (see the original purpose of the difficulty bomb built into EThereum), but has been pushed back occasionally due to the complexity of it. – shane Sep 21 '18 at 20:11
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    When was the difficulty bomb suppose to occur? And now pushed back to when? – Patoshi パトシ Sep 22 '18 at 18:19
  • They pushed it back to ~December of this year, but will be pushing it back another 18 months, I believe. – shane Sep 22 '18 at 18:21
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    What happens when the difficulty bomb happens? – Patoshi パトシ Sep 22 '18 at 18:26

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