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Limits to Tezos upgradability?

It's often stated that Tezos is the borg of crypto because it can update without hard-forking. I'm curious, what are the limits of this upgradability? For example, is there any tech in any of the top 50 cryptos that Tezos physically could not adopt, even if it was supported by the supermajority of the community and had enough skilled developers to implement it? I'm also curious if there is a concrete roadmap and vision for Tezos upgrades amongst the sea of cryptocurrencies in the long term. A lot of people talk about quantitative metrics such as TPS, time to finality, level of decentralization, etc... but I rarely see discussion about *requirements* to achieve a specified end-goal. What is Tezos desired level of adoption in X timeframe, and what level of performance is required to serve the needs of that number of users? What is Tezos desired level of security and what level of decentralization and scale is required to maintain that security? If your goal is to become the #1 smart contract platform on Earth and service over a billion users for all general purpose applications, then your requirements are going to be significantly different than if your goal is to become a niche smart contract platform for some subset of use cases. What are we trying to achieve? How much is enough? One more slightly off-topic question, related to market cap. If coins like ETH and ADA end up with trillion dollar market caps 100x higher than XTZ. Is there anything stopping communities from banding together to buy a large fraction of XTZ with a tiny fraction of their reserves just to cripple the Tezos network by maliciously voting to prevent upgrades? Most users and investors are concerned with price for the simple fact that they want to get rich, but to me I'm more concerned about price as an attack vector for a PoS network. Is this irrational?
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