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Blockchain in Space 2: Fear is the Path to the Dark Side

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  • What blockchain technologies have better chances to be applied in outer space

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Today's technology is at the peak of cosmic fashion. Numerous visionaries and savvy analysts arrange ritual dances with tambourines around them, declaring Blockchain as the main catalyst for the forthcoming scientific and technological breakthroughs in space.

Most of these statements are from the evil one. Sooner or later the excitement will drop and it will become evident that the Blockchain is not a panacea capable of solving all the problems of the cosmic industry in one single stroke.

It is nothing more than an applied technology, created for the solution of narrowly specific problems. At the same time, one can not but admit that:

a) Blockchain copes quite successfully with its tasks

 

b) due to this it has all the chances to get accustomed to space seriously and for a long time

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From the perspective of applying blockchain technologies in outer space, in my opinion, the most realistic are the following three:

Cryptocurrency

In space, the Blockchain continues to work for its intended purpose, now it is based on the creation and maintenance of cryptocurrencies with satellite hosting.

They do not have a binding to Earth, they can not reach ‘Big Brother.’ This money lives in space and, most importantly, works there it is invested in space research and development.

Research

Blockchain as a means of creating a secure information chain is ideally suited for fixing the results of research programs: observations of space objects, interplanetary expeditions, distant missions.

In the event of disputes, such an infochain may become an indisputable proof of the authorship of the discovery or priority of achievement.

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The military

The keyword here is "decentralization." For example the conditional grouping of military satellites. If it is controlled from a single center, it is vulnerable- it is enough to destroy this center in order to turn satellites into a useless pile of metal and plastic.

What if the algorithm of the group reaction to these or other threats is registered in the Blockchain and is maximally decentralized? No, point strikes will not help here.

By the way, it is likely that block technologies are already in full use in the military-space industry. But for obvious reasons, no one will tell us about this.

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Aliya Prokofieva is founder of the international space company Galaktika, space exploration visionary and active public speaker

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  • "Geek dream" Cray CS-Storm is coming to one of the Germany's largest computing centers

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According to a new press release, the High-Performance Computing Center (Stuttgart, Germany) has chosen a new Cray CS-Storm to perform sophisticated calculations that are necessary for enhancing the level of accuracy of different artificial intelligence models by processing significantly more data.

“As we extend our service portfolio with AI, we require an infrastructure that can support the convergence of traditional high-performance computing applications and AI workloads to better support our users and customers,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Resch, director at HRLS.

Cray's high-performance system was introduced back in 2014, instantly becoming the dream of every geek given that it could deliver over a petaflop of computing power.   

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Supercomputer manufacturer Cray, which was named after the industry veteran Seymour Cray, was acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise back in May 2019 for a cool $1.3 bln. 

HPE CEO Antonio Neri claimed that it was necessary to process gargantuan amounts of data in order to unlock challenges in the realm of physics, space, and other industries that require intense computing.   

There is already an ongoing race between the words' economic superpowers to achieve the "exascale" level of performance when a machine is able to pull off a quintillion calculations in just one second. China, for instance, has already surpassed the US in supercomputer usage

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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