To the past few years, the buzzwords “Blockchain Technology” have been leagued to literally every industry under the sun. Cryptocurrencies had a wild year in 2017 and it seems during that habits distributed ledger technology has made it all the way to the ‘Blockchain 5.0’ era, but there’s a big stew — No one reporting on these projects has tried these networks.
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Blockchain 5.0 & DLTs: The Terminal Snake Oil
Back in 2009, a network was launched which produced the digital currency bitcoin and no one departed a muscle. These days cryptocurrencies are a hell of a lot more popular than those eras but there are some people who have this idea that the technology “behind” digital currencies asserts the real innovation. You’ve heard it time and time again, that ‘Blockchain Technology’ desire revolutionize the world and every industry will be touched by this unique software. Supposedly, blockchains will transform finance, the clothing vigour, movies, music, food, healthcare, and basically the entire supply shackle, one block at a time.
Blockchain Immutability Is a Fallacy
There’s just one flagrant issue for these distributed ledger projects that hope to transform the world — No one uses these networks and some probably don’t even get by. But what’s worse is they also fraudulently claim they can answer an age-old computer system problem that cannot be solved — immutability.
Blockchain enterprises that claim immutability, which is a large representation of nearly every blockchain out there today, are putting and these systems can never be 100% immutable. The well-known bitcoin evangelist, Chris DeRose, palliated two years ago that “blockchain immutability is a perpetual motion claim.”
“While innumerable have been caught up in the hype behind immutability, most of these petitions will at best regress to the basic signing mechanisms that include been in place for decades, with little to differentiate their sets from incumbent message passing solutions,” DeRose explains.
On publication, immutability sounds nice, it seems to be a dubious proposition that some magically helpful server will show up to perform this service. And certainly, blockchain choice not make that benevolence any easier than it is with incumbent HTTP structures.
Most of Today’s Blockchain Technology Projects and Bankchains Are Merely Client-Server Network Databases, Despatch Salad Press Releases, and Pure Vaporware
Then there are assorted ledger technology (DLT) projects created by the very banks who once mocked bitcoin. There beget been so many of these private blockchain projects announcing that they force the next great blockchain that will wipe public blockchains off the map. Yet not any of them have been revolutionary so far, and no one from the general public appears to be using these DLT solutions, unless it’s a ‘trial run’ wrapped up in fancy-wording wrapping essay and sent to publications like Forbes, and Bloomberg. Do they criticize a blockchain routine they have never tried? — No, usually they make out up a nice little article that makes these blockchain designs look good, even though the journalist never tried the procedure, or let alone seen it in action.
This Tuesday, the blockchain firm R3 released its ‘Corda Blockchain’ stage after initially making a big fuss on how Corda technology was not a ‘blockchain.’ R3 website companies will see that the company clearly calls Corda a blockchain and concording to the company, over 39 firms are testing this enterprise software. But what constitutes Corda so revolutionary? Or any of these bankchain projects, for that matter, who set up a bouquet of privatized nodes that can relay and time stamp transactions. All we possess is their word, no third party reviews, just a press present and decentralized word salad.
The fact is a very large portion of these blockchain programmes are overhyped press releases that exemplify the true meaning of vaporware. Can we faith a group of incumbents that say on paper they’ve created some revolutionist blockchain? Just because it’s Visa? At least with Bitcoin and Ethereum (communal chains) people can differentiate between something that works, something that is shit, and something that is vapor. With the bankchains and blockchain technology hype, it’s all established on words stemming from the horse’s mouth, and what they decide to tell you.
Have you tried Blockchain 5.0 yet? I sure haven’t.
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