Very fair points.
ASICs provide an excellent security guarantee to platforms that do not value decentralization. The point of decentralization is to mitigate risk that any entity may stop acting rationally. If a large organization were mining ERG (nanopool), or the only company producing ASICs stopped acting rationally, everyone else suffers.
In a world were there was no competition between crpyto platforms and fiat, your argument is very sound. There are many variables, many people capable of doing stupid greedy things. Decentralization mitigates that risk.
A pool operator could double spend or run away with a pot for some short term gain. A propriety ASIC manufacturer could build backdoors and take a cut of profits, or otherwise compromise nodes.
If a company came a long and they said, “Hey here is an open source RISC-V ASIC design for Ergo that is many time more energy efficient than GPUs” I don’t think their would be much of a fuss, as anyone could improve upon or produce the hardware if they had the means.
Trustlessness is the key to all of this. I don’t want to have to trust nanopool, I don’t want to have to trust a hardware manufacturer. Trustless and security come directly from decentralization. I trust Cardano to be acting several magnitudes more honestly than Ergo because it is systematically designed to encourage decentralization.
Please compare these two sets of data:
Cardano Stake Pool distribution (The largest group ‘Single Pool Operators’ is not acutally a single entity and can be ignored. It is the most heavily distributed section of the graph, comprised of over 2000 individual stake pools)
Ergo Pool distribution notice nanopools’ dangerously high percentage of hashpower.
From the Ergo Manifesto:
Ergo should be as decentralized as possible. Always strive to spread and grow. Any party’s social leaders, software developers, hardware manufacturers, miners, funds need to avoid central points of failure. All actors whose absence will disrupt the function of the system need to have contingency plans in the event of a disruption. Decentralization is born from education and adoption. The tools we build need documentation, the community needs to actively participate and grow. Teach others to use and adopt the tools. The internet is a powerful driver of decentralization. It can be a powerful tool to teach. Decentralization is born from education, both on the development side and the user side.
Malicious behavior that may affect the security of the network, should be avoided. If any of these parties do appear during Ergo’s lifetime, the community should consider ways to decrease their impact level. There will always be those who seek to disrupt, take advantage, misuse and abuse their power. What is the answer? Education. Educating users to protect themselves, how to identify malicious actors, how to avoid them, how to work together to minimize their power. I would encourage all community members to continually seek to learn, adopt tooling, assist and teach in one way or another. A strong community is born through strong cooperation.