The Future Is Autonomous

Intro To Blockchain Technology — Part 2

“Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?”

— Del Spooner (Will Smith), “I, Robot”


What Got Me Thinking 💭

  1. 📝 Dan Roinson | Uniswap v3: The Universal AMM

  2. 📝 Hasu | Understanding Automated Market-Makers, Part 1: Price Impact

  3. 📝 Matt LevinePump and Dump and Pull the Rug

  4. 📝 Jakub | Aave – The Road To $3 Billion

Academics used the earliest versions of the internet to share information. Now, we use it for business, shopping and TikToks. Blockchain technology may appear attractive now, but it presents incredible future opportunities. Smart contracts are the most significant advancements to date. They provide a glimpse into the future—for example, they enable a new level of software autonomy.

Autonomous Protocols

Imagine a company automated every single one of its business operations. Eventually, the owner fires everyone because they’re nonessential, and it’s more profitable. Theoretically, if the owner passed away, the business could continue functioning without him for years, without anyone knowing.

If companies operating without human intervention were a norm, how would the world look?

The future is now. For the first time in history, non-human entities can own and transact value. However, smart contracts take this idea a step further. These autonomous protocols are carrying out the functions of a company without any human intervention via the blockchain.

This type of code could completely redefine the concept of a “company”. What do you call ownerless systems that have the power to execute business operations? We’re embarking upon new terrain—automation 2.0. Protocols like Uniswap and Aave function more like money machines than companies because they can thrive without human maintenance.

Autonomy can take other forms too. For example, consider decentralised autonomous organisations (DAO) - algorithmic organisations with encoded governance. Smart contracts can dictate different levels of authority, behaviours and even upgrades. It’s becoming common for community votes to dictate roadmaps, partnerships and to remove bad players.


Final Thoughts

Crypto is redefining life as we know it. The idea of autonomous smart contracts, community-owned networks and DAOs may eventually become the new normal. It’s even challenging the need for privately-owned companies. Providing ownership through governance directly to the end-users may create more alignment, and better incentives could accelerate progress.


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Yes - I’m The Plug 🔌

  • Glossary of Terms - If you’re coming across terms you’ve not heard before (here or anywhere else, check them out in this helpful list of definitions).

  • I revisited some old videos from Andreas Antonopolous. He was the person who convinced me of blockchain technology’s value in 2017. It’s worth checking out his material regardless of how long you’ve been in the space.


Do You See What I See? 🗞👀

🌊 From The Crypto Wave To Mainstream

During a bull run, it’s been easy to develop a false long term view of cryptocurrency returns. One feature of mass adoption will probably be increased stability. However, yields will remain higher than current markets because of a reduced number of intermediaries. We’re also still early, and identifying early gems will always pay off.


🇬🇧🍴🔥 The London Hard Fork | Ethereums Burning Hot

We’ve been eagerly anticipating Ethereum 2.0 for years. However, it finally seems to be taking shape. The London Hard Fork has been live on Ethereum’s test network for almost two weeks. We expect it to hit the main network later this month. This new feature will progressively decrease the amount of Ethereum in circulation, making it increasingly scarce.


👾💻 When Code Starts Writing Code | AI > Autocomplete

We’ve already seen some impressive startups leveraging OpenAI’s GPT-3. Now, Github joined the club with its newly launched product, Copilot. It automatically writes your code. No joke. The system has been “trained on billions of lines of public code”, and its capabilities are scary.


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