PowPing is how lightning network ought have been done.
Any lightning network user that tries PowPing should be converted.
The structure of powping further provides the essential framework for "smart contracts" as well as normal dumb ones, and does so via the familiar Hypertext interface usable by most all devices.
If one can't see where this is going, it's OK. One can just use it as it is because it already works.
No need to wait 18 months, but a LOT of work to do to get where this is going.