Blockchain-destroyer. Part III
How far can we go, getting rid of the traditional centralized state with the help of the blockchain? How can go the migration process? That state will be and do we even need this line?
To begin, I would like to give a common analogy that illustrates the criteria and the meaning of the transition. Still the person was a page in the public Ledger, which officials are filled out, made changes as they accumulate, and then put in it the final point. And the state was the only mechanism, which in principle had the authority and technical capability to conduct such Ledger. In the future we will become a block of data in a decentralized registry of the level of civilization to which state officials, ourselves, our family and friends, people who show interest will be able to get some access to (or can not).
The state for maintaining the Ledger did not need the excessive complexity of the bureaucracy, which to be sure are formed of numerous layers. The complexity reduces efficiency. But the state needs the maximum degree of control over important assets, and the population with its resources is most important asset. Moreover, the problem of parole supervision — Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? — realized and began to discuss fifteen hundred years before Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.
The jumble of bureaucracy around this process, which I described in the last part, it was due solely to technological capabilities. Powerful computers, digital communications and advanced cryptography has been able to automate the bureaucracy. This did not lead to redundancy because the population of States as a whole increases, and faster growing volume of information that it collects, stores and processes. But it allows to keep the apparatus approximately at the same level, and not to double it with each new generation of citizens. I do not recall that government bureaucrats somehow especially spoke out against computers. Similarly, they can make an independent step in the direction of the blockchain to ensure that your hands bury old bound paper registers.
It may seem that I’m rushing to write about the state Ledger in the past. But the fact is that demonstration is the first step in the right direction have already been made, and made it the government of countries on their own initiative. We are talking about biometric passports, which change the paradigm from “I, the state, of SIM the passport guarantee that John DOE is my citizen, take my word for it” to “I, the state, declare that if this citizen, whose name is indicated in the passport, it is cryptographically encoded biometric data — such, but you should check yourself.” Mass transition to the new scheme, despite all its associated spending, was caused by the inability of earlier technologies to provide the required level of verification of the people in the background of growing terrorist threats. When States get desperate enough, they are quite capable of change. And in this case they are at the international level agreed to:
a) the generic Protocol identification
b) an infrastructure to test these data at the borders,
in) utryasanie of legislation in order to exclude foreigners with biometric passports under a simplified procedure.
Of course, if not for the weight of American diplomacy, which has forced the major countries to take these steps, everything would take much more time. However, this is the first good example of how developed and influential country has stolen some powers and formed a inter-state mechanism that these powers now works. In fact, this is the path that I expect, over time, will be the remaining fragments of the state monopoly, when you begin to move in the direction of the blockchain.
If you try to formulate the ideal model of the future, it will be something like a digital train of the personality, formed universal smart contracts (which will be the embodiment of the social contract, but not between abstract people and Prince, between a man and condominiums “State X”), forever stored in the blockchain civilization. Our birth will be signed by the parent keys that will start the contract-designer, creating this trail. Our death will cause a contract / destructor, which will perform the will or according to standard accepted procedures, will perform the necessary steps concerning the continued existence of the digital loop. Clean browser history and send notifications related to the plumes and will distribute the tokens heritage on charitable funds.
But where is the place for the state? In the first part I cited the example of areas that would be left for traditional governance structures:
part of the court — in those places where it has to parse the questions, not the letter of the law, and human moral and ethical evaluation.
Here also should probably add strategic goal setting. Crowdfunding has proved to be good for the start of production of small gadgets, but before you rely on it for all tasks, we should wait until so to Finance something like the space station or hadron Collider.
Set the state to delegate a task depends not only on the development of blockchain and credibility, but on the evolution of civilization. States still the main players of our world, the players are conservative and slow. Progress and its dynamics depend on their willingness to change and to transfer the functions of the decentralized supra-national mechanisms. Or alternative States that would lose the pathos of the last, flags, hymns, ideology and the Constitution as something like a written retelling of the social contract, and will be what I said — something like an organization of owners of apartment buildings.
A thin layer of humanity already lives in the above States. If this layer is to form a “technical” government, and whether that state to achieve recognition, to carve a niche for themselves, to pave the way for further States of the same type — this is a question for a billion dollars. Is when there will be hipster of the virtual state and bakchinova infrastructure for almost everything, humanity may decide to leave the old country just because of sentimental reasons.
We now have a booming industry of marriage in different exotic places on the planet. They can be repeated annually or monthly, of such ceremonies are fed a variety of tourist structures. Despite the fact that since the sexual revolutions of the past half-century, the popularity of free relations is only growing, and the application for the marriage already make via the Internet. With States may turn out the same way — leave for old, for tourists and for the beautiful passports with old logos.
All three parts, I deliberately built examples around only one of the state mechanisms for human identification. It is very important, but it is only one of the existing state monopolies. They can be very long to sort out, one after another, to analyze the opportunities that will be opened by the decentralization, to identify the ways of movement and a business model that you can create and use along the way.
In life, we have witnessed the formation of a technology that allows you to do things on the scale exceeds the capacity of States. They do not need a huge amount of effort, it’s not the Manhattan project. For their management are required of a public organization or international Agency. For maintenance do not need excessive resources. And time is working against us.