October Update: New multiplatform Blockchain-sidechain games are here

The blockchain ecosystem’s downward spiral has now ended and is holding steady at the low level making this a good time to invest in crypto-assets. Notable development in this month has been limited alpha-release of Zombies Battleground, a game by Loom Network, that runs on a sidechain of Ethereum blockchain.  The players collect and grow their card decks and battle with other players in real time. The game is not different from many other card-battle games with a twist!

The blockchain integration allows users to not only buy cards from the game-makers but also exchange with other users multitude of collectible cards each with their own powers and properties. There is also possibility of customisation and modding from other game developers for enhanced  playing experience. The game is available for all popular platforms i.e. Windows, Mac, Android and Apple.

I have tried out the alpha release and its quite fun to play against the AI with all cards available for deck building. The multiplayer play is expected to be a lots more interesting. Another point to note is that playing this game on small screen Android phone, the text on the cards is barely readable, although this is expected to get solved in future release.

This new feature-game is expected to increase interest in people about block-chain games which were earlier limited to browser based static games and  prove the potential of using sidechains for high-speed and high volume applications such as real-time games and other applications!

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How Agent Smith brought down the BlockChain

I know what you are thinking, how can the cyberpunk cult movie series from the early 2Ks have anything to do with blockchain technologies? But you forget that the film story is actually set in a post-AI-apocalyptic era with the people trapped in a simulation that is set in year 2000. Of course, you as a viewer back then were not sophisticated enough to understand what you were seeing on the movie screens since you lacked the sweet benefit of hindsight that we have now!!! Hope that makes some sense.

Moving On… Now I have the Herculean task of convincing you that indeed Matrix is an ultra-futuristic blockchain-like network, going directly opposite to some of the key expositions in the movie (and, apparently, the original film canon). First thing point to note is that the Resistance and the people of Zion believe that the Matrix is what enables the machine to “control” the humans and use them as living batteries. What if this basic idea itself is a LIE embedded deep within the belief system of the Resistance to misguide their very understanding of the machines and their motivations?

Well, the evidence that support this theory are everywhere once one starts thinking from this angle. Firstly, machines can easily get free unlimited energy by easily building a long pole with solar cell stuck on the top or by digging down to harness geothermal energy (people of Zion have this tech, so its a no-brainer that machines can also use the same thing).

Then what reason can they have to keep generations of humans engrossed in the Matrix rather than just get rid of them? Even if they have some weird fetish to consumes humans as batteries, why tolerate the shenanigans of the Ones, the Merovingians, the Resistances  and other wierdos out there when they can just sedate all their human batteries with some hallucinogen or opiate or some-such medication?

Another point to note is that the Architect was not even mildly afraid of Neo with all his reality defying super cool power but the machines went into a blind frenzy when the virus Smith starts infecting the Sheeple? If the people trapped in the Matrix were mere batteries, who cares as long as they are hooked up and keep pumping their sweet bioenergy into the machine?

The reality is that, actually, the machines use humans for PROCESSING. The machines found out a  way to use humans’s brain power for their own wicked purposes using a much more advanced version of how our primitive blockchain works: each node computer in a blockchain does the calculations and validations and stores a copy of the state and thus contributes to the blockchain. The computer create the rules of the matrix but it’s the  humans that execute the processing, not unlike the blockchain networks where the network wide rules are decided by the programmers but the network is run by the miners! Therefore a few humans are able to “bend” rules of the matrix same way a rogue miner with extra-processing power may be able to compromise the system temporarily.

It’s a sweet deal for the machine since, for the minor cost of feeding the humans the primordial goo-syrup, the humans themselves maintain their cage and illusion that the matrix is. If a few million humans die or “defect” to Zion, it does no harm to the whole system, they have factories to produce more humans.

But enter Agent turned Virus Smith with his infectious power in the 2nd movie, he prevents the machine from using the humans for processing in a legitimate manner by making unlimited clones of himself. Towards the end of 3rd movie, the Smiths have overrun (what we can assume to be ) a sizable chunk of the Matrix. The virus left unchecked, the machines faced the ultimate threat of being defeated at their own game. The stakes are much higher because Smith ,a  single-minded revenge-obsessed psychopath who cares neither about the machines or the humans, will be in control.

You can now easily see that this is situation is not at all different from the 51% attack that have a real possibility of happening on blockchain networks. Surely you’re now convince that my theory is ether-tight, so I’ll carry on the narrative just to complete the story arc, seen from the new perspective.

Luckily the machines have a fail-safe for exact such eventuality: the good, rebellious people of Zion. Whenever their main processor is corrupted, the machines get rid of them and  enslave the Zion dwellers, leave a small number of them to repopulate and life goes on. So its no coincidence that the machines attack Zion at the same time the people in the matrix are getting overrun by the Smith virus. Then comes our little lord and savior Neo who extends to the machine a slightly more convenient option of cleaning out the Smith-infected Matrix and letting the people of Zion live their miserable lives till a date later in time. But we know Neo is the one who fueled Smith’s obsession and turned him into a virus in the first place. Finally the movie ends with the Matrix becoming restored to a slightly colourful version of its earlier state (Much similar to  how the Ethereum blockchain reverted after the collapse of DAO )

To sum things up, we are definitely giving too much credit to Neo, Morpheus and rest of the gang, who, by trusting the “Oracle” machine program, went into one frantic wild geese chase after another, ended up making a huge mess and that they barely managed to clean up at cost of thousands of lives of people of Zion and potentially risking the lives of all the people trapped inside the Matrix. Hope you liked this fine piece of Blockchain-fiction click-bait and please leave  comments and share it on the social media.

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How Blockchain (indirectly) Saved the MCU World

Do you remember the events in Avengers Age of Ultron where smartypants team of Tony, Bruce and Jarvis meddled around with alien artifact wanting to create a world-saving AI, but ended up cooking up Ultron whose understanding of peace and non-violence was somewhat flawed ? Shortly after its first Google search, Ultron took first baby-step toward its mission of world peace by completely gobbling up Jarvis, its older-brother-figure who was lacking in brute-AI-musclepower.

However the Avengers later figured out that Jarvis somehow survived the attack and even managed in its dormant state to foil Ultron’s nuclear-launch-code takeover plans . However the movie steers clear from the actual details of how exactly Ghost-Jarvis pulled off these feats even after being hunted and mauled repeated by Ultron.

This is where we step in with our genius-fanboy-conspiracy-theory that will tie up all imaginable loose ends by a generous application of sweet-blockchain magic technology.Just think, if you were a cutting-edge ultra-smart benevolent AI facing an existential threat, where would you hide in a way that no malicious threat could hurt you and at the same time be able to do all the necessary things to save the world from a maniacal Artificial Intelligence?

With benefit of hindsight the answer is obvious, I’d first commit all critical data and programs onto a block-chain, (I’d say Ethereum blockchain would be the obvious choice) so now no-one can touch me without taking down millions of computers across the world. Warning and convincing people across the world of the danger would be a lost cause since the threat of Ultron is both grave and immediate. So my next step would be to sharpen my digital pencil and start writing an ether-tight smart-contract that will deploy endless stream of viral messages over the wider internet infiltrating vulnerable computers with code that will strengthen the said vulnerability ( This idea is not very far fetched considering the neat Wifatch “virus” reported over here.) This way internet is safe and none the wiser of the how close the world came to a Nuclear Winter. I bet not even Loki with all his trickery can pull off a Jarvis like this one!

Although this blog will have mostly factual informative content, I’ll sprinkle short blockchain-based sci-fi pieces referencing popular movies, novels and more just to keep things from getting too monotonous. Do comment how you liked this one.

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