I had an idea for some time and did not know to whom or where to share it, I posted on bitcoin related sites and some blockchain developers but did not captured their imaginations with the same magnitude it happened with me, here it goes:
Ancient Sumerian clay tablets not very different from current digital blockchains: A new medium for storing blockchain’s data.
All blockchains available today function just like the Sumerian cuneiform mud tablets did, they inscribe data on matter, the only thing that changed has been the material its written on, but as of today there are far more interesting ways of storing data, one in particular occurred to me while watching the moon and does not involve any medium to be written on, it stores information on the time light takes to reach point A to point B. On time itself as far as Einsteinian physics are concerned, It has advantages as well as disadvantages but I figured it's worth taking a look.
Light takes 1.3 seconds to travel from the moon to earth, it means that 1.3 seconds of data can be stored on the time light takes to travel, if we where to put a mirror in the moon and the earth to generate a feedback loop where the pulses of laser light are contained within this loop we have then created a light latency based storage medium. The amount of data capable of being stored will depend on two things, one is the distance and the other the amount of data that can be injected at any given moment, so for example at a 1GB per second injection rate the total amount of data will be 2.6 Gb: 1 Gb/s x 1.3 seconds x 2 = 2.6 This data can only exist because of the of the speed of light and the capability of looping light data back and fort ad infinitum, making possible the storage of information on time possible.
So how do we implement such technology for a blockchain? The idea is to have each user behave as a mirror, no data is ever stored on any one's computer, they only behave as mirrors relaying the information received instantly to the next, a program can decide which route is the most lengthy between users and creating many minutes of data which can be stored on the latency of light.
Q:This raises a question or a couple, first is: What will happen when the blockchain when its capacity reaches the maximum size allowed by the latency of light and the injection rate?
A:Most information we have inherited as humans has been passed down in the form of feedback loops such as customs and languages, looping themselves back and fort between members of a community and kept alive by this mirror in front of mirror effect, this method ensures that the information is available on the spot when needed, the other information that is not being kept alive by a feedback loop has survived stored on matter and it is available on big data storing centers we call libraries. This system can have the best of both worlds like the prior observation, the feedbacklooping data can function as a kind of RAM where only the current block is feedback kept alive, making very fast transactions possible, as it progresses to the next block, it can be then archived on a hard disk.
Q: What will happen of this feedback loop is interrupted?
A: All data will be lost, the solution is to build many user connections also in parallel to create a more robust feedback loop in case one fails.
Q: What are the advantages of using such technology?
A: The blockchain's equivalent of a computer using RAM, albeit it will be a light speed linear access memory LSLAM but will deliver similar results.
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