Open-Source Imperialism

in LeoFinance21 days ago



Market Watch RSI:

Seems like I'm getting pretty good at predicting the BTC market. Just like I said as soon as the New York Stock Exchange opened (after a brutal weekend) Bitcoin got bid up from $47500 to $54000. This was essentially bound to happen because the sharks are still buying strong, and the weak hands are selling scared. All of the newbies learned a nice hard lesson today. Stop selling low, newbies. DIAMOND HANDS!

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This move was even more obvious because the Relative Strength Index was at it's lowest levels since March 2020. Buying today was as easy as buying at $4000 a year ago: it was a no-brainer for the sharks. Looks like this dip is over and once again: May is going to be a killer month. Expecting a local peak in June with another ~30% retracement.


Now, normally given a regular bull run we'd skip Q2 being a good quarter and probably crash back to the doubling curve. However, this is no normal run. This is the MEGA RUN: the biggest one we've seen yet. The chance that Q2 and Q4 perform extremely well is high. Again, we'll know the run is over when all the shitcoin ICO projects from 2018 that everyone thought were dead start pumping.


Personally I'm looking a networks like DeepBrainChain (DBC) that existed back then. DBC is a decentralized computing artificial intelligence token. You rent your computing power to the AI and other users buy that power from the network (just like GOLEM except AI instead of generic computing). DBC has already gone x20 in the last four months but I bet it will eventually do something crazy like x1000.

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Even though the logistics of truly decentralized AI are nearly impossible (I've done research on this one) investors don't give a shit. They hear decentralized and AI and they throw their money at it without doing any research of the viability of the project. I mean... hell, it's been over 3 years... can I rent my computing power to earn money yet? The answer is 'no'. Mining 2.0 is still a fantasy even after over 3 years of development. I was super bullish on mining 2.0 all the way back in March 2018. I'm not seeing results.


But that's not what this post is about!

This post is about blockchain imperialism, a topic I just realized recently will be a big issue going forward. It came to me as I was think-tanking my upgraded concepts of DeFi as they relate to algorithmic stable coins. In that context: allowing the DeFi token to control interest rates is a conflict of interest (pun not intended). The community is far more likely to break their own system in order to give themselves more money in the short-term while destroying the long-term viability.

This could be a big problem, so my solution was to think about allowing a 3rd-party parenting governance network to make these decisions. It is in the best interest of this governance token to make objectively fair decisions. There is little conflict of interest because the outside governance token will not directly gain value from the decisions they make, but they WILL gain INDIRECT value from the networks they control IF they govern those projects to the best of their ability. Theoretically it's a win/win for all parties involved if the governing body can mitigate corruption within the ranks (big if).


The more I think about it, the more it makes sense to allow an outside governance token to control many different projects all at once. By centralizing governance, those who want the governance token become the leaders of multiple networks. Seeing as leadership, direction, and organization in the decentralized arena is one of the most complex and problematic aspects, it makes a lot of sense to streamline governance and put a "centralized" authority in charge of multiple platforms.

But then I realized: holy shit the legacy economy is going to love this. They love being in charge and they will do anything to put themselves in charge. Imperialism is the standard, and foreign governance tokens are the perfect solution to employ said decentralized imperialism within the cryptosphere.

What could possibly go wrong?!

It sounds bad, but when we look at the problems associated with real-world imperialism, a lot of those issues do not apply to a decentralized landscape. For example, in the real world if your subjects do not obey you the easiest way to keep them in line is through shear force (military), fear-based tactics, and propaganda. In a digital landscape, none of these tactics will work. If the governing body becomes corrupt the communities that they lord over will just fork away from the oppressors.

Therefore, the only reason to allow an outside governing body to control us in a digital landscape is if that relationship has symbiotic value for both sides. If either side has nothing to gain from the relationship they will break the bond and move on to a better solution.


Just look at Hive!

We've already done just that. A centralized authority tried to own us and we said fuck that: we're out. It sucked but I think we're stronger for it.

What doesn't kill you...

In fact, Hive itself is also a centralized governing body. We are already imperialists. The only way to elect witnesses is with the core governance token (Hive). The only way to fund dev proposals is with the core governance token. The only way to create more governance token is derived from our consensus.

When someone else builds on Hive, they are accepting that we control pretty much everything that goes on here. You aren't even allowed to post on the blockchain without Resource Credits, and you can't get RCs without the core governance token (once again).

However, this is obviously a bit different than having direct governance powers over other projects. When someone builds on Hive they don't allow Hive stake-weighted votes to control what they've built: that's the big difference here.


LEO 2nd Layer Governance

In fact, LEO itself is creating a new 2nd-layer node network that validates consensus. This will be one of our many airdrops coming soon™. We have to ask ourselves: what kind of powers will this governance token have? How many decisions will be made with the new token? If the new token can control what happens on other networks such as LEO/CUB/Blank that would be perfectly in line what what I'm talking about here.


Governance and leadership are two of the biggest variables holding crypto back. It becomes quite obvious that many networks will centralize some of these issues to make them more efficient. Some of these sacrifices will be worth it, and some of them will not. But we aren't going to know what's what until we try.

Be on the lookout when the legacy economy figures out exactly how they are going to lord over this new emergent economy. I think it's fairly obvious that will overextend their position and try to set themselves up as lords of the universe just like they always do. I wish them well on their journey. It's a lot harder to control people digitally than in the real world. No one's scared of the shit-talking brat online that threatens to come to your house and beat you up.

At the end of the day it makes a lot of sense to consolidate power and streamline leadership. Developers don't make great politicians (witnesses). Trying to do everything at once comes with diminishing returns. Following this logic, I think the chance is high that we break up these functions into factions that are easier to chew. Everyone has a niche/mastery. Best not to force a jack-of-all-trades scenario (said the red-mage).

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Seems like I'm getting pretty good at predicting the BTC market.

That's what they call confirmation bias ;-)

Jokes aside I hadn't looked at Hive and the tribes this way or even worried (or knew about existence) of these problems. What are your thoughts on the Leo governance token or is it too early to tell? Any more info on it somewhere?

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Haha, yeah total confirmation bias.

I was right so therefore interpreting that news as being right is a total fallacy :D

What are your thoughts on the Leo governance token or is it too early to tell?

Way too early to tell.

All I know is that it will allow us to break away from HiveEngine and have our own second-layer witnesses.
It's going to be a huge upgrade.

So we will stop being a second layer token?
Does @khaleelkazi plan to host Leo on his own server?
I vaguely remember this, but to be honest, I forgot it in all the achievements of this great project. I will revist the last roadmap. I guess I will write a post on this soon.

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It becomes quite obvious that many networks will centralize some of these issues to make them more efficient.

Websites are decentralized, but most people now end up searching in Google and hanging out in Twitter or FB.

Developers don't make great politicians (witnesses)

They look at thing one way and us users look at things in another way. I don't know whether or not everything in the governance system will be good or bad but it will happen regardless of what we want. We can only do our best to take a small part of the pie and try to get our voices heard but I think the current top stakers should be easy enough to get long with.

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One of the things that has interested me for a long time now is the issue of "decentralization" and where exactly that (as a functional model/concept) ends up giving way to "fragmentation" instead. Everybody "doing their own thing" might be a nice ideal but we also shouldn't completely throw out the benefits that come with "economies of scale," or we run the risk of our intent to progress actually taking us backwards.

Just from my own days in the IT business, it was painfully clear that Developers were Developers, Marketing people were Marketing people, Managers were Managers and Salespeople were Salespeople... and there are very good FUNCTIONAL reasons why they should not be allowed to do each other's jobs. But they all have to work together. Meaning that if each were to implement their own vision you'd end up with the sort of fragmentation that would ultimately lead to four failures, not four successes.

Everybody thinks they can "run the world," but they can't. It takes a broad range of skill sets to run the world.

As for the legacy economic leaders, my guess is that they will try to usurp what we're doing by copying (to the extent it's possible) what we're trying to do in a centralized way and then passing it off to the sheeple as "the same thing" as we are trying to create. "Welcome to Bank of America chain!" "Here, have some American Airlines tokens!" And the public will go "Oh look! Cryptocurrency!" and be none the wiser...

Yes, I get a bit dystopian, at times...


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I think your right. We definitely need to share or pool our strengths fir the best outcomes. Your comment about centralized companies copying crypto for centralized blockchains will probably come to fruition.

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 21 days ago (edited)

Everything on Hive blockchain requires having the token. So, Skan was right when he said:

All these circles lead back to one

in my opinion, Having a governance token could mitigate occurrence of scenarios such as the Steem hostile takeover. Ngl I am not really sure how the governance token works, but I believe it can eliminate those problems.


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This is a tough subject, that so far I have avoided.
I really didn’t think much about governance on Steem because I was new, and it appeared that in DPOS stake was the form of governance, and I didn’t have enough to participate.

I thought about it again with the Steem-Engine token Hobo, which focused on governance. I studied it and even bought nearly a million tokens, as I wanted to participate in the project and the DAO. After the move to Hive the project seems to have died. My tokens moved over to Hive-Engine, but have since disappeared from my wallet with no explanation.

I thought about it again, during the March? 2021 Bitcoin 50% one day crash, when ETH crashed further and then all those investors got screwed in the MakerDao. I watched the MakerDao DAO in action, and it took months for that Dao to settle with the investors. Fortunately the investors got some compensation, although the details are lost to me.

Did you invest in Hobo? A journalism integrity project? Do you know what happened to it? I thought I ‘d ask just in harm. No foul hopefully.

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