I hope this analogy of the sea to the blockchain resonates well with you. The main aim is to equate the earlier exploration of the ocean to the early development and exploration of blockchain. So without further deliberation, let’s dive right into it.
Going back in time. Back to a time before the exploration of the seas. People are living their lives on land wondering if there’s other places like this one. On land, there’s other bodies of water such as dams, streams, rivers, and lakes, but nothing as abundant as the sea. People have lived off the land by farming, mining resources and fishing on these limited bodies of water. Over time they learned how to improve these systems and create an even better life for themselves. In a way they became masters of the land.
The ocean had been a dangerous place for a long time before the first successful continental voyage. People who’d go out to seek new lands would either get lost along the way or reach land but not be able to get back. Either way those who left never made it back. Those that stayed behind would make up stories about the dangers of the sea. Anything from sea monsters to people falling off the edge of the ocean. It wasn’t until the invention of the compass and its use in maritime navigation that voyaging became a safer endeavour.
Ethereum: explorer of the seas
Ethereum became the first ship to discover the possibilities of sea and all the wonderful places far beyond. Using the compass, Ethereum explored far-away lands and in the process learned a lot from its expeditions. It’s crew brought back great knowledge to try improve life back home. People invested a lot in Ethereum’s expeditions and would share in the treasures it came back with. As a result this society thrived! New species of fish, animals and vegetation were discovered, then researched, and then farmed on their own lands. People who went on expeditions would come back months or even years later having learned new languages, new cultures and brought with them new types of tools.
As the years went by better ships where built for further explorations, modeled after Ethereum’s technology. Trade became popular amongst different lands and so did the business of tourism. As societies mixed so did their cultures and the sharing of information. To a certain extent, the world was for the first time connected. Technology has this tendency of connecting people. This was true of the compass many centuries ago, and it’s true of the blockchain today.
Despite all this wondrous progress the ocean has a law that science is yet to overcome. The law states that ‘whatever goes out to sea must come back to land’. There’s a limitation on how far a ship can travel before it has to find land for preservation. Various reasons such as food, fuel, repairs etc. compel ships to go back to land after an extended period of roughly 3 months. Many crews who’ve tried to reach for the edge of the ocean, back then, have had to learn this fact the hard way. Today we are wiser in knowing Ethereum’s current technology has its limits and that there is no such thing as the edge of the world. The law still holds true.
EOSIO builds sustainable systems
The next best thing to staying at sea forever is to build new places on the ocean. Over the years people have built stations, artificial islands, and underwater projects in the ocean. Regardless of their efforts it is clear that life in the ocean isn’t sustainable in the long term. Which is probably why after centuries of exploration only 5% of the ocean has been explored. Attention has since been diverted to space exploration. Space offers the potential of a sustainable life through other planets.
EOSIO somehow realized well ahead of time that the ocean couldn’t be traveled in perpetuity. It realized that exploring and building on land was the most viable route in the long term. So it researched and developed the best systems that can be implemented on land. After all, all explorations begin on land. The ocean might represent 71% of the planet, but it has issues of scaling. People cannot live on the ocean for extended periods of time. EOSIO recognized that fact and provides scaling solutions right here on land.
To explore the ocean, you have first have to embark from the land. Likewise, to explore space you have to launch from the land. Thus EOSIO built all kinds of infrastructure to accommodate these demanding needs and help propel society to new heights. On land there’s all kinds of buildings, for both work and recreational purposes. This hub is what fuels the world economy, quite literally, as it is the center of all human activity. From the EOSIO hub stems scalable deep sea and space explorations.
Connected to the hub, people can go out further for longer periods of time without the need to go back to land. That’s because the hub (EOSIO) provides them a safe and secure high performance technology that powers their ships and ensures constant updates (refueling) of ships as they go along. The hub and the ships are in constant communication, boasting a reach that covers the entire ocean. Yet to cover deep space explorations, the EOSIO network is constantly improving itself and is bound to be the first to achieve this feat.
A World Connected
Far beyond trading spices or jewellery, people can trade information and data about their explorations. Allowing for others to undertake similar explorations with a bit more ease. Connected to the hub; expeditions are evaluated in real time with near instant reports. Further eliminating the likelihood of failure of the expeditions by limiting potentials for malfunction. People that aren’t on these expeditions have now been afforded the ability to invest in real-time without the need to be physically present. Riches found during explorations are immediately confirmed and verified for investors to experience a more accurate and fairer procedure. With instant transactions being made back and forth between the ships and the people on land, there’s no reason for ships to make a quick return. Stations are also there for them to fill up on food reserves and other resources.
Blockchain Seas are wide and vast with many serious players on them. Bitcoin discovered the seas. Ethereum discovered the most efficient way to explore them. And EOSIO has figured out the best modes of service for them. As all players of the blockchain space look for a connected environment for better collaboration and communication, it is likely that EOSIO will be their hub. EOSIO will be the land that the world population calls home. Every blockchain at sea and in space will have to set their base on land in order to efficiently connect with the public population.
Life is about people and blockchain needs to reiterate that by being people focused. There’s not much point in exploring the ocean or space if the outcome is of minuscule effect to life on land. It’s the land that creates solutions for both the people on land and those at sea. It’s the same land that has created solutions for the exploration of space. Today, digital exploration has become just as valuable. Validation of this statement is the fact that data has surpassed oil as the world’s most valuable resource.
The future is now; we must explore blockchain and all its possibilities.
In my understanding of current blockchain projects, EOSIO is waves ahead of its competitors. Whilst competitors are racing to take people to the sea and space, EOSIO is building systems to make that a reality for the larger population. Systems that will end up becoming support systems for even its competitors. There’s definitely much more value for the long term in building systems because it is systems that govern the world.
With that said, I can’t think of any better outro than this video by Michael Blu.
Until the next one,
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