Google has launched a doodle with a countdown to the activation of The Merge update on the Ethereum network. Doodle works in the USA.
hey @VitalikButerin @drakefjustin & others @ethereum folks, go google “the merge” for a fun little surprise & appreciation.
Everyone is so excited for what is coming and appreciative of the work that has been going into this for years. pic.twitter.com/3bgifV6Ywn
— Sam Padilla (@theSamPadilla) September 9, 2022
If you enter “Ethereum Merge” or “The Merge” in the search string, you can see the calculation of the time before the blockchain switches to the consensus algorithm proof-of-stake (PoS) based on current difficulty and hash rate.
In addition, the doodle contains an “easter egg”: a timer accompanies the drawing of a black and white bear, which are gradually approaching each other. When The Merge is activated, they will unite into a panda.
This feature was announced by Google Cloud developer Sam Padilla. He added that Google employees created the timer within two weeks to acknowledge the Ethereum team for “the work they’ve been doing over the years.”
Padilla also clarified that the information for the timer comes in real time from the Ethereum network using nodes hosted by Google.
According to official information, the completion of The Merge is scheduled presumably on September 15-16.