The Advent of Blockchain Based Life Forms
There is a certain mystique surrounding the blockchain technology, which seems almost as heroically promising as dangerously powerful.
Hailed as one of the most important innovations of our age by some, this technology describes a distributed database that can “move value around and represent the owernship of property”. Introduced through Bitcoin, the use of the blockchain is also currently gaining attention in many other areas, as the potential missing technological link to a more decentralized world.
As one of six major themes this year, OuiShare Fest 2016 will explore the implications of decentralization for individuals, businesses and society and the impact of technologies like blockchain.
William Mougayar will speak about “The promise of a Centerless World“, while Founder of Ethcore Gavin Wood will present his experience developing the decentralized platform Ethereum in “Booting the shadow aristocracy”.
Blockchain and the Plantoid
Researcher Primavera de Filippi will reveal a more tangible manifestation of the blockchain and the ‘self-sovereign digital identity’ by presenting the so-called Plantoid . Her talk “Plantoid: the advent of blockchain-based lifeforms” will demonstrate how this small metal artwork in the shape of a flower operates as an entirely autonomous object that not only owns itself but can reproduce with the help of human beings.
In an interview, Primavera explains the complexity of this small robot-plant: “The soul of the Plantoid is a piece of software that is not run on any given server, but has been deployed on top of the blockchain and is thus run in a decentralized manner by every node in the network. While people can possess the physical embodiment of a Plantoid, they cannot exert any control on the way in which that Plantoid will act or evolve. The life-cycle of the Plantoid and its reproductive process is ultimately determined by the underpinning technology”.
Look out, the Plantoid will have a guest appearance at the Fest