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1: Blockchains will replace networks with markets.

2: Humans are the networked species. The first species to network across genetic boundaries and thus seize the world.

3: Networks allow us to cooperate when we would otherwise go it alone. And networks allocate the fruits of our cooperation.

4: Overlapping networks create and organize our society. Physical, digital, and mental roads connecting us all.

5: Money is a network. Religion is a network. A corporation is a network. Roads are a network. Electricity is a network.

6: Networks must be organized according to rules. They require Rulers to enforce these rules. Against cheaters.

7: Networks have "network effects." Adding a new participant increases the value of the network for all existing participants.

8: Network effects thus create a winner-take-all dynamic. The leading network tends towards becoming the only network.

9: And the Rulers of these networks become the most powerful people in society.

10: Some are run by kings and priests who choose what is money and law, sacred and profane. Rule is closed to outsiders and based on power.

11: Many are run by corporations. The social network. The search network. The phone or cable network. Closed but initially meritocratic.

12: Some are run by elites. The university network. The medical network. The banking network. Somewhat open and somewhat meritocratic.

13: A few are run by the mob. Democracy. The Internet. The commons. Open, but not meritocratic. And very inefficient.

14: Dictatorships are more efficient in war than democracies. The Internet and physical commons are overloaded with abuse and spam.

15: The 20th century created a new kind of network - market networks. Open AND meritocratic.

16: Merit in markets is determined by a commitment of resources. The resource is money, a form of frozen and trade-able time.

17: The market networks are titans. The credit markets. The stock markets. The commodities markets. The money markets. They break nations.

18: Market networks work where there is a commitment of money. Otherwise they are just mob networks. The applications are limited.

19: Until now.

20: Blockchains are a new invention that allows meritorious participants in an open network to govern without a ruler and without money.

21: They are merit-based, tamper-proof, open, voting systems.

22: The meritorious are those who work to advance the network.

23: As society gives you money for giving society what it wants, blockchains give you coins for giving the network what it wants.

24: It's important to note that blockchains pay in their own coin, not the common (dollar) money of financial markets.

25: Blockchains pay in coin, but the coin just tracks the work done. And different blockchains demand different work.

26: Bitcoin pays for securing the ledger. Etherium pays for (executing and verifying) computation.

27: Blockchains combine the openness of democracy and the Internet with the merit of markets.

28: To a blockchain, merit can mean security, computation, prediction, attention, bandwidth, power, storage, distribution, content.

29: Blockchains port the market model into places where it couldn't go before.

30: Blockchains' open and merit based markets can replace networks previously run by kings, corporations, aristocracies, and mobs.

31: It's nonsensical to have a blockchain without a coin just like it's nonsensical to have a market without money.

32: It's nonsensical to have a blockchain controlled by a sovereign, a corporation, an elite, or a mob.

33: Blockchains give us new ways to govern networks. For banking. For voting. For search. For social media. For phone and energy grids.

34: Networks governed without kings, priests, elites, corporations and mobs. Networks governed by anyone with merit to the network.

35: Blockchain-based market networks will replace existing networks. Slowly, then suddenly. In one thing, then in many things.

36: Ultimately, the nation-state is just a network (of networks).

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4 comments
Billy
Very insightful read! I totally agree with you 100%!
Franz Fraaaaaa
Kann sein oder auch nicht?!!?
Mich Millner (puhn)
30 Pull one node in the network and the system gets heavily disrupted
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