I know engineers—they love to change things."
Dr. Leonard McCoy, Star Trek, The Motion Picture
Captain Montgomery Scott,
Star Trek, The Next Generation, "Relics"
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep
Cause every fork's a winner and every fork's a loser
And the best that you can hope for is some code you can keep"
...with apologies to Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
DISCLAIMER - This draft short story excerpt is a work of science fiction designed to communicate insights about the actual "Real World" in which we live. Any similarities to the places, people, and events of that world are either a coincidence or a deliberate attempt to ridicule specific elements of that world that ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Sovereign Sky - Excerpt 9 - Temporal Engineering
Marty: Hey, Doc, I've been going over Doc's Fictional Guide to the Brown EOS again and I've got some more questions...
Doc: Sure Marty, what's on your mind?
Marty: Well, launching this BEOS chain is a lot of work and I don't see why we need it. Why aren't the Bitcoin, BitShares, Steemit, and EOS blockchains good enough for fingerprinting our home universe?
Doc: I wish it were that simple, Marty, but remember what the dystopograph showed us? Not a single viable universe exists that has not been overrun by Dystopian Forces, er, criminally oppressive Orwellian governments. We can't go back to our old universe, Marty. I won't live under that kind of tyranny! They're burning innovators at the metaphorical stake! Putting them in non-metaphorical prison for life over trivial things like an accidental misstatement or a matter of eighty dollars. So our task is no longer just finding our old timeline, it's engineering a timeline where we are free to live and innovate!
Marty: But, Doc, um... I've got a few specs of my own!
Doc: I know, Marty. I've got them covered too! Here, flip over that blackboard and look at the requirements I've sketched out so far...
- Marty regains access to his truck and Jennifer.
- Marty doesn't have to compete with any other Marty's in that time line.
- History prior to October 21, 2015 matches the universe with hover boards precisely.
- Stable timeline after that for at least three years.
Marty: October 21? That's the day you downloaded the first week's worth of the BitShares graphene blockchain, right?
Doc: Correct, 8 days after the genesis block for the world's first Graphene chain, BitShares 2.0 on October 13, 2015. That's all the high-resolution block data we've got, although that universe got changed a lot by the other perturbations we caused after that in 1955 and 1885... "after that" on our personal time lines but before that on its prior time line. Probe data seems to indicate there are no hover boards in the 2015 that follows the 1885 we last left, for example. I figure we might as well go for the 2015 that does have them, don't you think?
Marty: Sure, Doc, but Jennifer's old enough to be my mom in 2015...
Doc: Don't worry, Marty, we'll get the Jennifer who was with you when Clara, Jules, Verne and I first showed you our flying locomotive. She's had all those experiences so we won't need to explain everything to a brand new fork of her. The important thing is finding a timeline to transplant you and Jennifer into where neither of you already exist. The 2015 in which I captured a snapshot of the BitShares blockchain on October 23, 2015 leads directly back to the one you came from in 1985. It's free and clear of other Jennifers and Martys. You have no competitors in that time line because I snatched you out of it 30 years earlier and never put you back!
Marty: But, Doc! That's the timeline where I turned out to be a loser! Why would I want to go back there?
Doc: You're not thinking four-dimensionally, Marty. You can't grow up to be a loser in that 2015 unless I put you back in that 1985 without the lessons you've learned since that time! Whatever time in that timeline you jump into after 1985, you'll be the only Marty and you'll know everything you now know! That future hasn't been written yet!
Marty: But meanwhile, whatever that means, the Jennifer that knows about your flying locomotive is still back home with my new truck on the timeline where you just picked me up from a month ago! Damn it, Doc. I'll never figure this stuff out!
Doc: Don't worry, Marty. Now that we've thought this through, the approach is clear. We simply reverse the last jump we made which is still in the locomotive's computer, pick up the Jennifer you just left, and then plunk both of you down in the 2018 that matches the BitShares blockchain snapshot I've got on this stick -- a few years after the dust settles from our past visits just to be safe. We'll be jumping sideways from the time we are now in, straight across to the one with hover boards and flying cars. We can implement our plan from right here where our probe network was launched, starting next month on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th, 2018 ... the fifth anniversary of the birth of the BitShares Dynasty. The probe that reports in with the blockchain footprint from that timeline will guide us to precisely the right parallel universe!
Marty: But why not just stay in the 1985 time frame we just left, Doc? That was a pretty happy ending. Why do we have to come back to the future?
Doc: Lot's of reasons, Marty. First, you know too much to be let loose in 1985. Remember what Biff did with that sports almanac! Second, this is where our probe network forks out from and all the data we've analyzed so far comes from here. Third, the technology didn't exist in 1985 to perform the temporal surgery we've got to do. We need BEOS technology and we can't introduce that until the world has been introduced to BitShares and EOS! We know that has happened here and now, but don't know what might be true elsewhen.
Marty: I guess that brings us back to my original question, Doc. Why, exactly, do we need BEOS? Aren't BitShares and EOS good enough?
Doc Well, to be honest, there are three reasons. Reason One I'll admit is that I'm an engineer and I love to change things. I want a middle chain I can fiddle around with and soup up without worrying about perturbing either BitShares or EOS. I'm also fascinated with Old Man Larimer's idea of breeding the perfect mix of community members to maximize success...
Marty: I can understand that Doc, but that seems like a lot of work to go to if that's the only reason...
Doc: We'll, Reason Two is that there are lots of technical changes we'll need to bypass the Dystopian cage that's about to slam shut on all time lines. We can go over them later, if you like.
Marty: Sure, Doc, as soon as my head quits spinning...
Doc: Reason Three for creating a new chain is to generate the funds we'll need for legal offense and defense. The current BitShares reserve fund could handle it, but it would be way too hard to get a worker proposal through that governance system without breeding a more like-minded community. We need to hire a legal Dream Team of the kind needed to defend the entire blockchain industry from unethical persecution by the Powers That Be. We'll need resources on the scale that Elon Musk is able to muster to defend his industry from the same kind of BS and a management team that has the will to use it. The only way to do that is to offer something new and insanely great that the industry can rally around. That's the purpose of the Blockchain Community Defense Trust I mentioned in Doc's Fictional Guide. If BEOS is only ten percent as successful as the EOS main chain, that endowment will fund enough legal firepower to save the civilized world as we once knew it.
Marty: Whoa, Doc, now that's what I call heavy!
Posts in the Sovereign Sky Series
All My Free Speech is Fiction
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 1 - A Proliferation of Parallels
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 2 - Specialization is for Insects
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 3 - The Fall of Empire
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 4 - Doc's Darwin Awards
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 5 - Dystopian Universes
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 6 - Jailbait Jeopardy
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 7 - A New Hope
Sovereign Sky Excerpt 8 - Brown v Howey
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