GDCSS Believes Data Storage on the Blockchain will Preserve the History of Mankind

History has always been mysterious and a point of curiosity to mankind. People often dwell on the past wondering how life was before what they currently know and live in. Ancestors may have played a role in passing stories to generations one after another, but just like any other method of storytelling details are prone to change and be forgotten. Understanding the past will always be critical to understanding our future, but how did the old generations preserve their history and how did it reach us after a long period?

How humans have preserved their history in the past

Preserving history in the past was not an easy task to discover and wonder upon. For us to be able to study history we need recorded documents with the events that did happen or through studying the artifacts that were found. The Roman Empire was an ancient civilization with a high literacy rate. Livy who’s a Roan historian wrote the history of Rome in 144 volumes, however, only 35 volumes exist today. One of the oldest written records as well have been discovered in Egypt from 5,000 years ago. However, those records don’t always tell the exact story as every person might have a different perspective or it might be in a language that doesn’t exist anymore. What about prehistoric times? Archaeologists developed tools that can excavate ancient structures and burial sites and try to understand more about their civilizations and culture through them. Nevertheless, accuracy will always be an issue that we face in today’s time.

Why the history of civilization is being lost or changed?

As mentioned earlier due to the lack of literacy during those times we can hardly be accurate about what has happened in the past. The ancient civilizations might have tried to preserve their history during different methods like the pyramids in Egypt or the sculptures in Greece, or through documents, we fail to understand today. Times are always bound to change, whatever we exist today, might not exist in 100 years from now. Preserving history will always be a challenge as data can get lost, perspectives can be challenged, stories from culture and generation can always be different.

How GDCSS believes this issue can be solved with blockchain technology?

Blockchain has so many beneficial uses and one of them is saving cultural heritage but how? The power of blockchain lies in the fact that it can’t be altered or hacked and is accessible to all. Therefore, cultural organizations such as museums can use blockchain technology to track antiquities and document historic locations and since it can be accessed by all, organizations from all over the world will be able to input their data and preserve blockchain human history. Such a thing is not very far from reality as it has been applied already in different fields. For example, when it comes to art history, governments are using blockchain technology to help in tracking Indigenous art and prevent selling inauthentic cultural products. Also, a research team from Tsinghua University in China is right now developing a process to use blockchain as a utility to store and share digital versions of cultural items. Besides that, a nonprofit organization called For All Moonkind aims to map lunar heritage sites through this technology which other organizations can use to assist in sharing information about cultural sites.

Preserving the past with a futuristic technology

The bottom line is that blockchain will keep opening new doors for different fields and opportunities whether it was business, healthcare, education or even history and arts. Such a tool shall be used to its maximum potential to benefit us and future generations. With blockchain technology, history may not be lost or forgotten again.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_history https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/world-history-beginnings/origin-humans-early-societies/a/learning-about-prehistory-article https://globalheritagefund.org/2018/10/02/can-blockchain-save-cultural-heritage/

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