The Advantages of Digitizing Human Life Experiences
In the simplest terms, “digitization” means the conversion of analogue information into digital form. The history of digitization can be traced with the beginning of the age of computers. As computing capabilities increased, so did the speed and efficiency of digitization. The process got a boost with the coming of the age of the Internet.
Digitization finds use in every aspect of human endeavor. The final evolution of this exciting process is its culmination into the digitization of human lives. The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer science fiction. It is a very real and, may I add, scary reality where every facet of human life is being converted into 1s and 0s. Picture this. Technological advancements are happening at the speed of thought, quite literally. Processing power is increasing exponentially, micro-processing chips are getting smaller, and communication networks are breaking new barriers of speeds and bandwidths. Sensing technology is breaking new grounds and we are embedding sensors into everything from clothes (to regulate temperature) to running shoes (to assess an athlete’s performance) to home automation systems (to create a “smart home”). We are creating a smarter and more connected society. Its implications are both fascinating and fantastic.
The phenomenal rise of social media is testament to our espousal of living a digital life. The fact that we enjoy putting every small aspect of our lives on the digital platform is evident from the 2.5 billion social media users around the world. Pictures of places we visit, things we eat, people we hang out with and everything in between is recorded on social media platforms. Today, Facebook knows more about us than even our parents!
But is this digital data really ours? What if Facebook deleted your account tomorrow because of a violation of their rules and regulations? Is this scenario even thinkable? Your online reputation, your digital identity that you had nurtured through the years would be gone in a moment and all you could do is watch in utter horror. And what about all the other websites you logged into using your Facebook credentials? Don’t even get me started.
What I wish to point here is that although digitization of life experiences is very real and happening around the world, the process isn’t truly democratic. You are not in control of your data. You have to rely on some or the other platform to help create such a digital identity. What if there was a platform where you could record your life experiences, both old and new, and create a digital profile that could be incorruptible and permanent? What if this profile could act as a reference for your peers, potential employers, friends, acquaintances or even future generations to know who you truly are? What if this profile was your single point of contact in the digital world? Is that even possible? We’d like to think that it is.
Blockchain technology was introduced to the world by Satoshi Nakamoto when he/she/they shared with the world a revolutionary paper back in 2009 that also introduced Bitcoins to the world. Blockchain technology is the source code for Bitcoins and yet the technology in itself is so radical that it finds use in every aspect of human life. So it was only a matter of time when this technology was used to digitize human life experiences.
We all know that blockchain is a ledger that is, by its very nature, incorruptible and permanent. So if you were to create a profile on it, it follows that it would be incorruptible too. The marriage of social media and blockchain was inevitable. EXP.Life is the glorious child of this union.
EXP.Life is a platform for recording your life experiences on blockchain. The platform has integrated gamification as a means of attracting and motivating people to participate. As the “player” progresses through the “game,” the platform, using an intelligent system, will assess his or her strengths, weaknesses, desires and aspirations to create an accurate description of who the person really is. An aspect of trust is built within the platform so that a player can gain “trust” from other players, his or her peers. This is an important aspect so let me elaborate on it a bit. Stay with me.
You complete school, college and earn a degree. You gain other skills and you have certificates to show for these skills. How infallible are these “documents?” Can I not fake certificates? Can I not “steal” someone’s identity? Is only a piece of paper enough to tell someone that I possess the mentioned skills? So how do we go about authenticating a person’s real skills? By using a “trust system.”
If I am good at something, I should be able to prove it to my peers and not just hide behind a certificate. I should be able to complete a “challenge” that makes use of my skills. If my peers are satisfied, they will give me a digital “thumbs up.” Such an endorsement is far more important than any document that says I am adept at a certain skill.
Such a “reputation system” can paint a much clearer and truer picture of who I really am as a person and what skills do I possess. Do you think after this I’ll need a resume to show to my potential employers? I don’t think so. They could simply check out my profile and what people (ones I don’t know personally and vice versa) say about me. Such an identity cannot be stolen, cannot be faked and cannot be corrupted. I am what I truly am and it shows on the platform.
I think there can’t be a greater advantage of digitizing the life experiences of a human on the blockchain than this — creating an infallible, global, democratic and permanent identity that can be used on-demand and be accessed anywhere in the world, without having to carry it in a physical form. And EXP.Life provides a fun way of achieving this. It’s a fun way to experience life and yet is a serious attempt to digitize human life experiences for real world scenarios.