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This article was published on June 15, 2018

    Of course there’s a blockchain-based religion

    Yay, though I HODL through the dip, I shall fear no correction

    Of course there’s a blockchain-based religion
    Tristan Greene
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    Tristan Greene

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    Tristan covers human-centric artificial intelligence advances, politics, queer stuff, cannabis, and gaming. Pronouns: He/him Tristan covers human-centric artificial intelligence advances, politics, queer stuff, cannabis, and gaming. Pronouns: He/him

    Humans have long sought answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. How did we get here? What is our purpose? Should I buy the dip? For some, the answers lie in churches full of sacred texts. But others place their faith in the house that Satoshi built, and on the blockchain.

    Matt Liston, former CEO of cryptocurrency company Augur, recently collaborated with artist Avery Singer to found a blockchain-based religion called 0xΩ, pronounced “Zero Ex Omega”.

    Last year Anthony Lewandowski, an AI developer formerly with Uber, unveiled an AI-based religion called “Way of The Future.” And, at the time, it seemed like the strangest modern technology-inspired religion we’d see.

    But Liston’s religion seems like the ultimate “HODL my beer” to that sentiment.

    It’s hard to make sense of 0xΩ based solely on what Liston and Singer have told the media, but there’s enough information to make some assumptions. Business Insiderreports Liston said:

    We’re incentivising mindsharing, and eventually mind upload to use consensus to form a structure of collective consciousness. And then, we’ll elevate an individual interaction with a religious structure as a group participation in a collective consciousness where the structure itself is god.

    That sounds a whole lot like “we’re going to upload our souls to the blockchain,” and, if that’s true, we’d absolutely love to see the white paper on that.

    It might be easier to understand a religion that worships an AI, like Lewandowski’s Way of the Future, because, well, machines can communicate with us. Some theories on artificial general intelligence indicate that one day machines could become sentient, perhaps even surpassing humans in intellect. So, it follows, there’d be some folks willing to take the early plunge and try and get on our future robot overlords’ good sides.

    Blockchain, on the other hand, seems better suited to facilitate worship than recieve it — but we’re not judging. Singer, for example, indicated to Business Insider that she believed people might one day tokenize a piece of art she’d created as a form of prayer.

    The art in question? A narwhal with a doge head and an Etheruem tail. Yep, seems about right.

    Credit: Avery Singer

    Share your thoughts on the decentralization of God in the comments section below — or just put a prayer on the blockchain and hope it reaches us.