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Re: <nettime> Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
Morlock Elloi on Mon, 1 Jan 2018 23:15:40 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain

There is an interesting read suggesting the shape of things to come from *ARPAs, starting at p.50 of


While 5 tons is far from the consumer product, given time I see no reason why these things wouldn't become as small and as popular as pepper sprays in designer containers (also note the little nugget - what happens when you cross the beams.)

Device to brick handsets in the radius of few hundred meters is a great Christmas gift. Isn't it poetic that EMP shield would also disable handset's mothership link?

On the more serious note, stuff like this can erase the 5 monopolies from the existence with a minor investment (blasts over each facility - probably less than 50 total.) Even if GOOG, AMZN, MSFT, APPL and FB keep backups on chemical (optical) media, months of downtime, and more importantly, absence of data inflows, would render them permanently defunct.

The real deterrents may not be what we think they are.

On 1/1/18, 08:21, byfield wrote:
DARPA / etc certainly aren't clerical, and their impact has been beyond
comprehension. And they're also just a vanguardist face of a much larger
force. If anything, people tend to grossly underestimate the range and
depth of military activities on the fabric of everyday life.

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