It was early summer 2018 when a group of pioneers came from Saratoga with a new invention: a miniaturized GPU small enough to be embedded inside of contact lens. The only problem is, what are we looking at? Where does it come from? Well, it has to be coded. What if it doesn’t? Maybe hack Bitcoin to make miners code it. Or don’t.

In GPU’s we find a device that once seemed as though its only purpose would be incrementing a nonce on Bitcoin. However, it’s now becoming center stage on how in-depth graphics are processed in real time. I’ll talk about how the GPU’s being used to mine Bitcoin can be reprogrammed to generate 3 Dimensional Imagery by hacking the mining incentive. This means every node in the Bitcoin network could vote for the best CGI every week and the winner rack up a week’s worth of btc mining[1]. For now let’s keep it light and look at Axie Infinity as an augmented example. Here we see children wearing simple lenses and having the ability to catch Axie’s running around in the real world. Think of Pokemon except chubby.

Imagine 3 Dimensional

If you don’t know Axie Infinity operates as an ERC-1155 on top of the Ethereum blockchain. This implementation allows for seamless integration between other games operating on the 1155 standard[2]. This integration can not be overstated. This means for the first time in the history of gaming, there can be cross-collaboration between games. Imagine playing Halo 3 wielding an AR-15 and seeing another gamer in Vahalla come at you with a Thundergun. It’s Wild. Think about what this means for Crypto. Crypto will inevitably be the back-end for every gaming system. For now I’ll keep it to games already built with the 1155 interface.

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Axie and Gods Unchained are two of the leaders in the race to build on the 1155 interface. Keep in mind while this card game is being battled out in augmented reality, the underlying code is built in Solidity and runs on the EVM. This means theres a decentralized method of game ownership where players own their in-game assets. In-game ownership holds weight for those two grammar school teams as they battle out with Saratoga inspired lenses and 1155 characters. Vitalik even references World of Warcraft’s centralized ownership of weapons and armour to be the reason for creating Ethereum[3].

“I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007–2010, but one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock’s Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring”

There’s a solution to this enigmatic problem. Build distributed systems in the right way. Align the incentive mechanism with the right reward. Do this with Bitcoin. Here’s one from my earlier article “The Golden Nonce”. You’re wondering what’s a nonce. A nonce is an incremented uint found in Bitcoin’s hashing algorithm that when found mines a block[4]. There’s a methodology in Forth to hack the mining incentive and change the uint to a 3D rendition of an in-game avatar/weapon/attack. Once implemented a BIP to mechanize a voting algorithm based on stake can be used to mine Bitcoin. Right now a block is mined approximately every 10 minutes rewarding a laptop with $150,000. If one where to implement the changes I’m proposing the mining would no longer require incrementing a uint. Mining would require building 3 Dimensional art. Mining is rewarded once a week. Now we have a competitive hack-a-thon fully open, fully decentralized and fully public to create the greatest output one can find that will be voted upon by the Bitcoin nodes.

[1]Eternoir“Ballot.sol”https://gist.github.com/eternnoir/ba06eb729b682c058320efcf59e8808f June 2020

[2] Randomski “EIP-1155: ERC-1155 Multi Token Standard” https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-1155 June 2018.

[3]Buterin “Biography” https://about.me/vitalik_buterin” June 2019.

[4]Nakamoto “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” June 2010

Bringing to light the question of what it means to be human in a time that is waving on an open road .