Saturday, 16 July 2016

Scaling Decentralized Apps & Services via Blockchain-based Identity Indirection – Back Alley Coder

Daniel Buchner wrote a very interesting blog post a few days ago. In it, he says that

Most non-monetary blockchain use-cases can be accomplished off-chain using a combination of blockchain-anchored identity, cryptographic signatures, and traditional storage systems – all while retaining the features developers desire and avoiding the scalability issues of on-chain transactions.

From Scaling Decentralized Apps & Services via Blockchain-based Identity Indirection – Back Alley Coder

This idea of “blockchain-anchored identity” is what I presented at TechDaysMunich 2016, where I had been invited to talk about identity and the Internet of Thing. Naturally, I couldn’t resist using the example of my pants get the audience to think about some of the key concepts (although I did put in some new jokes). Anyway, the slides are here if you are interested:

As an aside, I have to say that TechDaysMunich was a novel event. First of all, it was held on what appeared to be a Herzog film set:

 

I was honoured to be the keynote speaker. I had no idea that they would have a band on stage playing before I was invited up. Very fun and very different!

 

But back to the point of this post. I told the audience… well, you can see here.

 

So what does putting pants on the blockchain actually mean? Well, like Daniels says in his article, I think means link the mundane entity to a virtual identity (via a serial number or some other attribute or collection of attributes).

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