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5 Missing Necessities to Move Blockchain from 0.2% Global Penetration to the Remaining 99.8%

TODA Network | Toufi Saliba | Jan 9, 2018

blockchain adoption - 5 Missing Necessities to Move Blockchain from 0.2% Global Penetration to the Remaining 99.8%Despite the skeptics, those that have noticed the hype surrounding current blockchains have in fact only seen less than 0.2% global penetration. If that is a revolution - it's a failure. However, what's yet to come is what will get this technology to the remaining 99.8%; and that will not be ledger-based - but will still be a blockchain at the network level that will be unstoppable. No government, no agency, no company, in fact, nothing can stop it. Think of a Tsunami that has already started - can't stop it.

Decentralized Governance is a Security Model

True decentralization cannot be stopped by any central power, however, in order to take off, decentralization must be self-regulated, a living example of that, Bitcoin for 10 years now, owns itself, defends itself and continues to evolve by incentivizing people around it with the only language they both speak: the money language.

Nature has it, what occurs during the exchange of oxygen with carbon dioxide in your lungs, which uses a decentralized protocol called the Alveolus Capillary Protocol. It is doing billions of exchanges per second in your lungs as you read this, without interference from your brain on its functioning. No matter how powerful your brain is, it can neither stop it nor interfere with it. In fact, the more effective it is the more powerful your brain is and vice versa. Think of the brain here as the government. A government that wants to be effective at servicing people must let decentralized governance take over without a centralized point, aka a weak point that could be attacked from within. Governments who care about the people would care to ensure they are operating with the least friction and most efficacy as they exchange value between each other and even between them and their government, for things such as health records, money, real estate or other value-based digital assets.

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There are five technical necessities that are still missing or incomplete. They must be achieved for blockchain to get to the remaining 99.8%, these are:

  1. Security: Decentralized governance is actually a security model to prevent an attack from within. Security without decentralization can be achieved using traditional databases that are fairly secure from outside attack and have been around for decades, but that won't help because they don't prevent an attack from within. Decentralization must be equal to the number of actual users, in fact, every user must be the node participating in the global consensus. (Yes it can be done)
  2. Efficiency: your users/customers will not use a system that is not efficient - at least not for long. The cost of any system must make relative sense to what we are using it for. You would not purchase a two dollar coffee using a system with a transaction cost that is higher than that. We aren't talking about fees, don’t let that fool you into believing that this is the overall cost. Current blockchains don't reflect the true cost. In fact the cost is hidden from the user by adding a tiny layer of fees, but effectively it takes the cost from the users.
  3. Confidentiality: A public ledger that is replicated is generally not confidential. An open and public system will go mainstream but not a ledger. Perhaps a hash of the block is all you need especially if it can be built in a way that all users no exception can contribute but hey don't have to. Think of some replication but not full replication.
  4. Scalability: This is one of the most publicized problems, in order for any system to achieve mass adoption - it must scale. (Not by reducing any of the points above. In fact we expect the deterministic distributed computing to achieve such a result.
  5. Interoperability: Over 50 projects claim that they have figured this out by building decentralized exchanges that must be relied upon. For P2P interoperability, it is necessary not to have anyone in the middle because they can impact any, if not all of the 4 previous necessities and collapse the system on itself. In security, there is a saying: "you are as good as your weakest link" and by having decentralized exchanges to depend on, they at best become one of the weakest links if not the absolute weakest

What’s Holding Humanity Back?

The most popular blockchains intended to achieve this, however, an exploitation of the Bitcoin protocol that started almost 7 years ago, precisely on Hashcash, the core component of PoW got us to the point where only certain classes of machines can be miners. The incentives of those machines diverged from the incentive of users and contributed largely to the regressive evolution of this revolutionary technology at its infancy stage.

Leakage of Value

This leakage of value is a major cost to everyone, despite the fact that people claim that the current Ethereum implementation is free for people to use. The majority actually think that the cost is what they pay in fees using the Ethereum Gas model, in fact, the fees are low when compared to the overall cost of mining that leaks out from users into a different class called miners. Those miners in Ethereum alone extracted directly over $3.4B from the community YTD which led to the collapse of the ETH price as supply outpaced demand. Some criticize Ethereum to be a Ponzi scheme because of that, while we reserve no judgment; instead, we work with many on a solution that will return this technology to its original promises and make it more disruptive than anyone thought before.

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The remaining 99.8% of the people on this planet will all be on chain one way or another, but definitely not on a ledger based chain. This can truly be the next biggest revolutionary technology the world has yet to witness.

Solving By Design

There are over 5000 people working on these issues globally - so why has the situation not advanced? Because most researchers are not liberated, in fact, they are constrained but often find it hard to admit to.

Mass adoption can only be achieved if these issues are solved by design. This means that the blockchain in question must have all 5 of the key elements described - not 3, not even 4 is enough. Without these necessities, entities using the technology cannot succeed, but having them also does not guarantee success.

From the Bottom Up

To achieve these necessities, blockchain needs the right foundation. TCP/IP is the current foundation (protocol) that allows the internet to exist and enables packets of data to be transmitted. However, these packets cannot effectively hold nor transmit value: the ownership of your home, for example.

Why does this matter? This matters because without solving these problems, we would not even want to strive for mass adoption. A system that does not offer security, efficiency, confidentiality, scalability and interoperability (in that order of importance) all must be met or else, what we have to show will never be revolutionary.

Toufi Saliba is the CEO of Toda.Network. Toda.Network launched in 2018 to enable projects to deliver on the promises of Blockchain. The company has formed and continues to form and onboard alliances, startups and joint ventures which are building on the Toda.Network. The TODA Protocol is a network protocol, a modification of TCP/IP, (not replacing it/ that enables value transmission over the packet layer and below the operating system in a fully decentralized setting, without reliance on a ledger. Learn more: Toda.Network.


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