Chapter 05: Blockchain in the Spectrum of Time and Technology

“Meditate and track the clockwork of organics,

Observe data of grey matter mechanics.

Rare and strange, the movements made through endless repetitions,

Bolstering immunities, staving off disease and deterioration.”

-Allegaeon

“The Web is now philosophical engineering. Physics and the Web are both about the relationship between the small and the large.”

-Tim Berners Lee

Now that we’ve talked tech and outlined the different elements in this space, it's time to examine blockchain from the perspective of science and technology through the lens of time. 

 

Human technologies build on the insights into the mechanics of the universe that we have acquired over time. These insights have come through observation and experimentation, representing progress in our ability to capture, affect, and emulate those rules to our benefit. At the same time, we exist within those very same rules.  

Computing, data storage, and the internet are all products of the massive leaps forward in physics that occurred in the early 20th century. Without these insights, notions of binary code or wireless transmissions would never have arisen. By extension, technology reflects our understanding of physics, and in a way, emulates and embodies these underlying rules.

The Blockchain represents one such development within the bounds of broader innovations in computing, and as a technology, it exemplifies an expansion of the limits of our species’ ability to render, interpret, and interact with information by emulating the physical and logical structure of the universe. In philosophical terms, while existing computer science operates on and is analogous to systems grounded in the discipline of physics, the Blockchain and AI emulate biology in that they are complex systems with non-deterministic outcomes...

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