Chapter 05: Blockchain In The Spectrum Of Science And Technology

All human technology is the use of the physical rules of the universe, as discovered through science and experimentation, to create applications and working systems.  This chapter makes a simple, wide ranging argument: that as technology advances, it begins to look more like nature.  Just like AI seeks to emulate human cognition, Blockchain emulates certain principles in biology, physics, and information theory in a way that looks more and more like nature. 

Core concepts

  • Defining time and causality
  • How the universe and scientific cosmology resemble features of a blockchain
  • What information is, and how DNA and digital bytes of data are "real" even though they aren't material.
  • How the evolution of writing began with accounting, and how blockchain's accounting has potential for other forms of information, similar to the evolution of uses for writing.