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tim

If anyone has ideas for other good use cases, I'd happily listen. However, I'll probably debate afterwards, since I'm totally biased on this subject. :wink:

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tim

There's some UX element to that, of course.

tim

In the end, the blockchain hype will probably end like the early 80s PC market did: the most cost-efficient solutions (price & speed) will win.

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tim

Almost everything else can be done in a more cost-efficient manner without applying any blockchain. Cryptographically secured peer-to-peer databases could suffice here.

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tim

Yep. I only know of a single good use case for blockchain and identity, and that's what Blockstack seems to be focussing on currently: further decentralized DNS.

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tim

The passport is a great example here. As far as we know, it's a 15th century concept, although some of the basics behind it are probably much older. Nowadays, an attestation -such as the verification that you live in a certain geographical location by a third party- could (relatively) easily be done through key-signatures, and the Web-of-Trust. Combine this with P2P technology such as Bitcoin's networking, its API, pub-key crypto, and I think you have a good mix to get ready to solve some scaling issues that normally come along with the WoT. Notice how I haven't mentioned blockchain once.

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tim

Sure, 13SZFUDR. What I meant is that I prefer to work on practical solutions without getting stuck in de philosophical discussion of what identity is. From a pragmatic PoV, that means I believe the public-key namespace can suffice for most of our needs, where it comes to (id)entities. I have to say I'm totall biased on this topic though, and always love to listen to other folks who are pondering on this topic. I sometimes get the feeling there aren't too many of us out there.

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tim

Not so much into the philosophy of identity -in the 'old' sense- as much as I'm interested in technical solutions that are agnostic to most philosophies, or so to say.

tim

Identity & pragmatic models. Two things I'm fond of. :simple_smile:

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