DGMV ID Atomic Essay #4

Passwords are often typed on a keyboard. The keyboard detects the keystrokes and transmits them to the computer. The actions of the fingers on the keyboard make visible movements, and create specific key-sounds and electromagnetic emanations that all potentially can be detected and analyzed by a third party. That’s why DGMV ID uses passwordless authentication by scanning a QR code that minimizes possibilities for third parties to engage in the authentication process. By using its own blockchain solution with a self-developed operating system, DigiThree created a quantum-safe and trustless environment for the new distributed metaverse. Working completely isolated on your own digital island and inviting visitors by this secured authentication process for private communication and private sharing of data – data that is also quantum-safely stored on trusted neighbor islands as nodes in a trusted grid. For corporate use, the metaverse should be intrinsically safe and protected – always, at any moment and for any activity by any entity. DGMV ID delivers this corporate trusted solution.

DGMV ID Atomic Essay #3

DGMV ID uses an authentication protocol that relies on an extra authenticated channel. Checking fingerprints through a passwordless parallel second channel enhances the security enormously. The authenticator app from DigiThree uses these high-security protocols to make life in the digital metaverse easy and pleasant. Traveling from digital galaxy to digital galaxy while in the backdrop your self-sovereign identity is constantly protected. Human participation in the authentication protocol via feedback through a second channel is securing the authentication process. It implicitly ensures integrity and is based upon SAS-based cryptography where SAS stands for Short Authenticated Strings. DGMV ID, of DigiThree, is based upon this cryptography standard in combination with passwordless identification and biometrical authentication in the communication channels.

DGMV ID Atomic Essay #2

One of the most important goals in the distributed metaverse is to establish a secure peer-to-peer communication channel or connection between two or more parties. The term secure means that the communication should be confidential. Nobody except the parties involved have access to the information. Private communication ensures authenticity and integrity. The recipient is ensured that the information was sent as-is and is ensured about who sent it. As long as parties are able to authenticate data, they can establish a shared secret key. As a result, they can also protect communication over unsecure channels. DGMV ID is the password-less security solution that we developed to secure and protect communication in the distributed digital metaverse. Password-less indicates that no password can be stolen and no detectable keyboard actions are needed to type a password. Using biometric information in the second channel means that the communication is hacker-proof and is able to support a trustless and quantum-safe environment.

DGMV ID Atomic Essay #1

In the distributed metaverse, password-less identification is needed to move smoothly from galaxy to galaxy. Secure authentication is a no-brainer in the digital universe and should be based upon a single-use identity token for every activity. When you are engaging in a trust-less world, every activity has to be able to be proved to anybody and any system that is involved in the engagement. Shared Access Signatures (SAS) token authentication is the foundation of DGMV ID, the secure access point for all DigiThree solutions. The meta server generates and validates a single-use identity token to be hacker-proof at any moment and during any activity. So we can password-lessly hop from digital island to digital island without fear of losing or breaking our self-sovereign identity. And we can assure private peer-to-peer conversation, and sharing of data that is quantum-safely stored in the decentralized digital metaverse.

Fourth Turning and DigiMetaverse

In 1997, Howe and Strauss stated in their book 'The Fourth Turning' that history sees a new “turning” every 20 years, as one generation “displaces” another. A cycle of 4 of these periods is the average length of a human life, also called a saeculum. This is similar to the four seasons of a year. The first period is a 'merry' spring era of togetherness and the strengthening of institutions. The second season is a rich period and an awakening – a passionate age of spiritual turmoil. The 'third barrier' is an unraveling – a time when individualism grows and institutions weaken. Finally, winter is a crisis, a decisive era of secular unrest – the old order is overthrown and a new one takes its place. This fourth turn is the start of a new social and economic period.

You can only see it . . .

The authors wrote in 1997 that “ . . . around the year 2005 a sudden spark will catalyze a crisis era. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardships will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake . . . “ .

The financial crisis of 2008 can be retrospectively seen as the catalyst they mentioned. That event was the start of the final period that would herald two decades of instability. According to the authors, described in 1997, by 2025 America will have an experience similar to the American Revolution, Civil War and the Great Depression & World War II.

Not fun predictions. Historically, in every fourth twist, much more destructive technology is available, as well as the willingness to use and deploy it. In the period before that eruption, choices are postponed. Interests become zero, violations are tolerated, settlements are postponed. But eventually it will all explode. Ominously, Sir John Glubb also predicts, in his analysis of the life cycle of empires, that empires last up to 10 generations. About 250 years ago in 1776 America came into being, so that's quite promising. The idea that our society moves in waves is alien to Western linear thinking. That is why Western leaders and administrators are never prepared for a 'logical' crisis, such as what we have experienced in past centuries. History often repeats, but always in a different way. . .

. . . When you get it.

For linear thinkers, history never repeats itself. For many, the world has come to a standstill in recent decades, even though it structurally changed, unnoticed. The late historian William McNeill wrote in ‘Plagues and Peoples' that often pandemics come after an era of overwhelming openness, which they mark the end of. The bubonic plague, the Spanish flu and now the COVID pandemic bear witness to this. As always, the logical consequence is: globalization stagnates, immigration restrictions increase, isolationism returns and a stronger focus on one's own industry. Furthermore, Neil Howe argues that – without exception – it is an absolute rule of history that these fourth periods of crisis are always characterized by the presence of dictatorial regimes, authoritarian rulers and intrusive governments.

Yet every twist ultimately ends well for the bourgeoisie. Only they have to go through that crisis winter for that. The end of every war heralded new economic development. What applies to America, also applies broadly to Europe and Asia. Certainly now we as a world are going through the same economic and social developments as a result of globalization. The People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, but its Communist Party will now celebrate its centenary next year and also enter a turning point. Mobilization can be organized and political mobilization of an entire community, but also of opposing communities, as in a civil war. Last but not least, the 'monetary theory,’' that at zero interest it would be stupid not to print more money. Basis for hyperinflation exists in that last phase, which in a crisis eventually solves the problem of those who bear the burden of all the accumulated deficits: the citizens.

Every fourth twist replaces the old order, destroying political and economic confidence, and laying the groundwork for a new spring. A spring where the megatrends – which were already visible before – become the new groundbreaking techniques, or approaches. Today, we see three dominant techniques: blockchain/crypto, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence – that reinforce each other as an ecosystem and will go together. And thereby they not only will cause a huge disruption, but will also destroy existing business models and the equity of companies. Blockchain means that central entities for record keeping – which in the past were the only solution – are no longer necessary. Central registrars are 'single points of failure’ where government control, corruption and hacking are possible. Blockchain's decentralized technology eliminates this central, weak gatekeeper function.

The decentralized Internet of Things already links more than 50 billion sensors together. This enormous amount of data can provide many new insights through analysis, especially in combination with AI. Artificial Intelligence is defined as machine learning and subdivided into weak (chess, facial recognition), strong (learning machines, developing knowledge) and super (perhaps smarter than humans). AI enables machines to automatically process the data from IoT devices and increasingly make decisions. This improves the efficiency of automation, so that fewer and fewer people are needed on location and for interaction, and we become even more of a service society.

Missing transaction layer

But technically a new digital transaction layer is needed, where these data and service contracts are processed and value transfer takes place. Where digital currencies (crypto) and smart contracts (tokens) enable decentralized machine-to-machine transactions and peer-to-peer communication between people. A lot of money is already flowing from the current economy to this new digital crypto world, simply because there are more and more stable crypto coins. Crypto currencies are 'native assets' of a blockchain; tokens are built on that blockchain. A new virtual world with stable currencies, smart digital contracts combined with digital property deeds (NFTs) traded on digital exchanges. These digital exchanges are booming because they enable peer-to-peer transactions without costly central agencies. As I described in a previous blog: the end of capitalism arose about five hundred years ago.

In this new decentralized infrastructure, you as a citizen and organization regain ownership of your data and services. The term Metaverse is the name currently given to this decentralized and virtual development. The digital metaverse, or DigiMetaverse as we are creating at DigiCorp Labs, is now technically, economically and legally feasible – based on blockchain, crypto coins and tokens, decentralized nodes, servers and data storage based on open-source and open communities. Self-organization, and without the man-in-the-middle. As a citizen or company (again) being the owner of your own data and services. Communicating peer-to-peer with everyone on that grid. Safely browsing via those decentralized servers. Quantum-safely store your data spread over decentralized nodes in that grid, which cannot be cracked with the latest quantum computers. The future is ultimately pretty fun and beautiful. . .

The Metaverse

The science fiction novel Snow Crash (1992) described the first concept of the Metaverse as a three-dimensional virtual space that acts as a metaphor for the real world. A 'meta' version of our 'universe,' the metaverse is a place where avatars represent our ‘alter egos' from the physical world.
In Greek it means ‘false name’ or 'pseudonym’ and in Latin it is called an ‘alias'. So, the Metaverse is the collective virtual shared space in which we can live and work as digital twins of our physical selves.

Digital Shadow

With digitization, and especially the intensive use of the internet, we as analog beings started to create more and more digital data and messages decades ago. But once sent, these early digital messages would disappear to who-knows-where. In recent decades, we have thus created a 'digital shadow' that has left huge historical footprints - known as Big Data.
Every visit to a website, every email, every order, and every article we read leaves an invisible digital footprint. I think if someone saw their own shadow-world, they would be shocked by all the data they’d spread around the planet.

Everything you do in life leaves traces. This is understandable in the real world and, as a society, we therefore set limits on how anonymous we are in private spaces. At home, we get our privacy behind closed doors, because nobody knows what we do behind them. For a government to access what goes on behind those doors, they need a search warrant from a judge.
Anyone on the street can be searched by the authorities and they may also examine the goods you have with you. That includes your mobile phone, which contains far more private data than was previously stored safely behind your closed doors.

Digital Trespassing

In the past, your calendar, diary, photo albums, contact lists, correspondence, and documents were safely locked away behind your front door. That made it safe for anyone who was not legally allowed to enter your home. Now, you take that data outdoors on your digital device and share it in the cloud. That data is barely protected by any laws. Edward Snowden recently summed it up nicely in the sentence, 'We used to say a man's home is his castle. Today a man's phone is his castle.' And this modern castle offers hardly any protection. But which data on your phone or in your personal cloud is part of your virtual house? And shouldn't your virtual house have the same legal protection as your physical house: privacy behind closed doors for everyone?

With the advent of virtual worlds and the Metaverse, legal protection has become much more important. Is your avatar legally protected? Can virtual goods be insured? Does the digital data you create also remain your property? In the world of blockchain, we have seen that NFTs can be created. These Non-Fungible Tokens are irreplaceable and unique, secured on a blockchain and linked to items or contracts. A digital property document in the virtual world that gives you immutable property rights. The hype around NFTs is substantial and they cover all kinds of digital collectibles that can be bought by virtual buyers.

New World, New Safety

We have started a transformation that is making our lives increasingly digital. And now, COVID lockdowns worldwide have proven that 'being digital' works. We can do almost everything digitally, both socially and professionally, that we can do in normal life. Like Yin and Yang, the physical and virtual worlds are intertwining ever more closely. But we must create the same security levels in the digital, virtual world that we have established in our 'normal' world. If we can't legally do that - after all, national borders are no limitation for virtual worlds - then technology must help us. And blockchain is of course a wonderful tool for exactly that.

I purposely say 'tool,' because blockchain as a distributed ledger is not enough on its own. It's a great way to connect distributed chains of immutable tokens, but it also needs to have a federated infrastructure that is secure and provides business continuity. And you must also be able to identify yourself unambiguously as a clear digital alter ego, as well as being able to store your data securely and unalterably. You must be able to communicate securely with other people. This new innovative world is still in part a blueprint, but the contours of the new solutions we need as a whole are becoming more visible day by day.

The Digital Metaverse

We are undeniably moving towards an integration of this Metaverse with our physical world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a good reason for betting on this new development. He has also stated that the Metaverse will provide enormous opportunities for individual creators and artists. The Metaverse will be also important for industry, government, and professional users in the world of enterprise. The Metaverse can provide a professional, virtual world of services and digital products where security, reliability, availability, and continuity are the main values. In addition, decentralized, user-friendly applications eliminate security risks, offering secure data management that respects privacy and forms the basis for all kinds of applications and services. We can adopt cryptocurrencies, secure ownership of objects and documents with NFTs, and live in a world of peer-to-peer information exchange and corporate communication.

The new, secure business platforms of the future are developing clearer contours. The necessary virtual components, the distributed technology, quantum-based security, and crypto payment models are already available. Pilot projects have proven successful and just as with Moore's law in previous times, there is continuous improvement both of performance and cost savings in the fields of photonics, quantum computing, grid computing, and sustainability. The challenge now is to take the plunge and immerse ourselves in all the new techniques and methods that are available to us.
The old adage, creative thinking, contemplative action, remains valid and unabated. Now, we must learn to embrace the new world and enter it with confidence.

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