(IJCH) Crypto/Blockchain Anxiety - Adjust your Discomfort Levels to Your Exposure and Knowledge
"A close online friend - a non-techie and recent Blockchain and Cryptocurrency convert - read my piece on "The 51% Attack Myth" and contacted me today via secure video-chat."
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Crypto/Blockchain Anxiety - Adjust your Discomfort Levels to Your Exposure and Knowledge
A close online friend - a non-techie and recent Blockchain and Cryptocurrency convert - read my piece on "The 51% Attack Myth" and contacted me today via secure video-chat.
He was one of the many people affected by the recent hardware wallet database hack and admitted that he was worried.
Obviously distraught, I let him vent for over 17 minutes.
Through all of his disorganized statements, I concluded that his anxieties stemmed from his lack of a comforting technological knowledge base.
In his position at his firm, his superior knowledge in his field (HR) allowed him to confidently make split-second, multi-million dollar decisions without breaking a sweat.
But now, he confessed that he felt ill-equipped and paralyzed by indecision.
After further listening, questioning and talking, I finally drilled down to his main issues:
The security of his crypto assets and
The imminent occupational upheavals and financial/societal resets from the arrival of pervasive IoT and AI.
This was my response…
Just chill and hear me OUT a little bit.
RE: The piece on "The 51% Attack Myth"
I left out many intermediate steps that need to be accomplished plus all the military, governmental and white hat watchdog groups that would have to be fooled or bribed to wrest control of a monolithic network such as the BTC blockchain.
But yes, it could be done.
It would take a think tank of geniuses, buqu-buqu money and a battalion of input and maintenance drones.
On the technical side, only several layers of failsafe protocols can prevent a successful attack.
But on the human side, higher standards for vetting clearances, ever-increasing physical security, stringent on-site surveillance and periodic review must be stepped up.
Overwhelmingly, successful security breaches and billion dollar hacks are "inside jobs".
RE: Justified paranoia over tech?
If someone says their algorithm performs perfectly in all scenarios (meaning "hack-proof"), they're either rookies or liars - probably both.
There's no such thing as perfect code.
But that said, I would still trust code over greedy middlemen with my money every time.
Because compared to the pyramid structured legacy of "trusted" third parties and the myriad of inherent human frailties, decentralized systems offer me the best chance of fair treatment.
RE: IoT and AI
Yes, there will be collateral damage when IoT (internet of things) and pervasive AI becomes the norm.
I predict that many of our current "authorities" that we put on a pedestal will be supplanted by algorithms - impartial mathematical code not tainted by generations of corrupt idolatry.
In our lifetime, only the top professionals of every field will survive the digital culling.
They will serve as last-resort arbiters when the instant, reliable and cheap system encounters a rare outlier that it hasn't been programmed to handle.
In short, there will be far less practicing lawyers, doctors, bankers, professors, policemen, real estate agents... you name it.
So, what should your takeaway from all of this be?
Adjust your tech-averse levels of discomfort to your exposure minus the cost and hassle of past (legacy) alternatives.
To me, that should be a "0" level anxiety reading.
I'd better stop now.
You've got enough "stuff" to digest.
Contact me anytime, buddy.
May you and yours be well and love life today.
In lak'ech, my friend.
Just hours later, my friend text me this:
Thanks for all your help. You don't know how much better I feel.
I swear, if we could bottle your "Yoda-ness", we'd make a killing.
But I know that kind of stuff is not important to you.
Final Note - Don't you dare send back the case of '85 Dom Perignon that I just now ordered for you!
Happy holidays to you and yours, amigo.
[End of text.]
May you and yours be well and love life today. In lak'ech.
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