This morning I did a dozen different impossible things, or so they would have thought just 50 years ago. Indeed, going back just 200 years, the powers that be would have burned me at the stake for most of them. The truth is, like Sci-fi master Arthur C Clarke once quipped, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” and today I came across some wizardry I’ve never seen before. Now, it’s important you get this story the way it came to me. So, take everything I say next at your discretion and decide for yourself where the line between fact and fiction lies, but I will say this… I am almost certain whatever I saw this morning came from the future.
Today, I stumbled upon a project which claims to be able to visually capture the very essence of blockchain code. Today, I saw Eth frozen in a quantum state, and man it’s really pretty. Like I said, what comes next… well, just don’t shoot the messenger.
This project’s roots lie in the spoiled, privileged, and unashamedly over-resourced laboratories of late ‘80s academia. Somewhere in a secured lab in a remote, undisclosed location somewhere in Europe a small team built a mainframe in what was pretty much a bunker. It had all the bells, more whistles and as the project grew, they added more and more power until the CPU required a ten-tonne cooling system just to turn it on. So, the teams wrapped the supercomputer in thermal film and legend has it, it generated enough heat that it was able to power a small geothermal generator, which in turn the engineers used to power the computer, or at least partially. Now, I know what you’re thinking, I thought the same thing, perpetual motion is impossible right? But then I remembered all the impossible things I did this morning. Besides, the power thing? That’s only a sideshow in this story, wait till you hear what they did next.
It turns out that the team of computer scientists kept seeing weird stuff through the thermal film. Some days the phenomenon was clearer than others, but over time, these weird halos began to stabilize around the processor. Soon the team could see almost all the time. The halos or auras or whatever they were, seemed to coalesce around the CPUs and tape drives and naturally the team decided they would try to capture a visual record. After weeks of failed attempts one of the scientists, a hobbyist photographer, finally succeeded in getting one of these halos on film. What happened next however will blow your mind.
When the film was developed, he presented the images to the others and a hush fell over the room as they each gazed in awe at them. The halos on the 2d prints not only appeared to exist in three dimensions, but they were also moving. Unwittingly, and quite by accident the team had stumbled onto a new plane of existence, a dimension of pure quantum flux.
I’ve probably said too much already, so, I’ll let you fill in the blanks yourselves. Suffice to say, today I discovered what happened to that forgotten project and that’s how today I saw Eth in a state of pure quantum flux. Then, I thought about the nature of blockchain, and I asked myself the same question you’re probably asking now… is it possible to possess a moment of time? I don’t know the answer yet for sure, but I bet these guys do…