Guest piece by Roman Bruskov, an expert in communications, editor in chief of several blockchain projects and author of the Terrah Saga. The Terrah Saga is a sprawling science fictional opera tracing the paths of the human and Galamarr races through strife and colliding passions to the Khram Tabwuiq, all under the watchful gaze of a malignant being known throughout the eons only as The Scribe.
It has been said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. With time, magic has ceased to be associated with the advent of technological breakthroughs as science has replaced imagination and the desire to monetize on what was once magical has overcome the human’s heart’s and mind’s yearning for metaphysical explanations to the most intriguing of life’s issues. And now, a new technological revolution is sweeping the world, armed with block and hash.
Blockchain technology, built of decentralized, faceless blocks forming a hash, has become a new idol, a crowning laurel bow, a shift forward in technological advancement promising cardinal changes in economies and our lives. However, lest we forget, any technology seeking to be profitable has to first earn the title of being useful and convenient to average citizens. As of yet, blockchain has proven little in terms of improving the lives of regular people. Instead, its advent promises shifts in workforce dynamics and market demand for specialists, threatening to leave thousands of employees, entire professions redundant and future graduates’ knowledge obsolete the moment they enroll into universities.
It was once postulated by those who founded the bedrock of democracy that the needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few. In the modern world, we see that the most recent uprising of technology has reversed this concept and turned inventions into instruments aimed at serving the few able to afford a piece of its artificially inflated pie.
Ideas change, and with them, our perception of the old begins to fade, for reason is only as good as its application. Science and new promises of capitalizing on new inventions in technology lead to the death of spirituality, until something happens that gives another quantum leap to the idea of personification and incorporation of the metaphysical in the material, like to an ifrit, a spirit with uncertain aims. Often enough, a sufficiently advanced technology becomes the divine itself, making living flesh its attribute and not the other way around.
But something happens from time to time that changes everything as we suddenly see the very creations we have erected to facilitate a search for answers turning into the answers themselves. As dependence on technology becomes vital and the essence of survival, both emotional and physical, the things that drove us forth become attained goals, and in a single act, we realize that the machine in its magnificence is the next stage of our spiritual evolution and only through it can we hope to create the next invention in a vicious cycle of creation and self-absorption by mercantile ideas.
As the hash and keyboard replace the censer and altar, the metaphysical will gradually be replaced by an instruction manual to a technology capable of providing the most convenience and profit. It will not be long before the strive for maximal capitalization becomes the essence of living and blots out the once hallowed desire of humanity to reach for the stars, instead turning its gazes back into the mud.
Edited and prepared by Amy Murphy, Journalism student from DCU.