& # 39; Blockchain, not Bitcoin & # 39; It seems like a new mantra. DARPA is the last agency sponsored by the government to resume the mantra, and is looking for people to spread the beans on how to exploit the consensus protocols distributed without authorization for their own purposes.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or (DARPA), is already working on projects like Atlas, which is something like the precursor to the Terminator movie series robot. They are deeply involved in the US military-industrial complex and are probably looking for new ways to use blockchain in the "defense" sector.
It is highly unlikely that the interest of DARPA for consent protocols distributed without authorization has something to do with the ideas that led to the creation of blockchains. They are in particular looking for ways to use blockchain without authorization without a monetary incentive and instead offer access to information or computing power as an incentive.
DARPA is looking for new Blockchain ideas, not token
The idea that a blockchain without authorization can be used in the absence of a payment for the people managing the network is nothing short of strange.
In particular, DARPA is looking for,
"… for the purpose of this RFI (Request For Innformation), DARPA is only interested in consent protocols distributed without permission … While there is a considerable amount of research and development supported publicly and privately in protocols of Distributed consensus, DARPA seeks long different information, minus- has explored the pathways of consent protocols distributed without authorization, which could help inform a future DARPA program. "
Bitcoin was created with the idea that it was possible to have a payment system in the absence of a central authority, this seems to be lost in the factory players, who are moving further into the co-optative blockchain for their own ends.
It is not difficult to understand why governments would like the blockchain, since it easily creates records that are very difficult to modify. Once the freedom created by cryptos is removed from blockchain without permission, they become an ideal way to keep track of what people do on a daily basis.
The EU is all focused on Blockchain, but it is not hot on individual privacy
Even the European Commission (EC) seems enthusiastic about the blockchain, but contrary to the cryptosides. They held a conference in the last month that boosted the benefits of the blockchain, provided that it is able to be used by a government to keep track of its movable property (citizens).
Roberto Viola, who is general manager for communication networks, content and technology in the EC, stated that,
"What makes this association special is its focus on promoting trust in blockchain technology between public authorities and citizens" and that "it will also be able to communicate with citizens on the blockchain, a technology that should not be associated with obscure cryptocurrencies but with traceability of transparency and a safe environment. "
The idea of a "safe environment" in the context in which it is used by Roberto is very difficult to comment, even if it makes the memories of a Europe appear that was determined to completely control the terrorized population.
In the era in which European fascism assumed importance, there were no electronic payments. Now Brussels is at the nerve center of almost total control over the EU, but there does not seem to be many wrong voices protesting against what is an obvious concentration of power that is pursuing any means to consolidate its already considerable power. .
The bronze bull of Blockchain
The powers that would be wise to remember the lesson of Louis XVI and the reign of terror that his desire for absolute power created.
His death was a part of a larger movement away from centralized control, and the money master of this time might want to pay attention to the similarities between the political power that existed in Revolutionary France and the modern monetary system.
Creating a transaction registration system would really create an incredible way to track people on a large scale, but it could also trap the political class in a quagmire, should it lose control over the ability to command violence on behalf of the people they to represent.
A real world
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre was more than happy to avenge the perceived wrongs using the documents he had at his disposal and the grizzly means of execution.
It is worth remembering that any system of violence (power) can be assumed by unlikely candidates, which is why post-lighting was founded on the idea that all people are equal in the eyes of the law, and that no person should be deprived of those rights without a fair trial in a just legal system.
Separating the blockchain from the bitcoin seems convenient in the short term, but using a technology that was designed to reconnect a purposeless society with the roots that gave rise to individual rights could be far more dangerous than the political class can imagine.