Why digital twins are going to change the rules of ownership

Unikbase
5 min readJan 16, 2023

Today, you can own a digital twin of anything. You can have a digital twin of your car, your house, or even your dog. The possibilities are endless and the applications go beyond just owning “pets” in a video game-like environment. In fact, one company is using this technology to create digital passports for collectibles like art and sports memorabilia. This innovation could lead to new ways of trading ownership that will change how people interact with their property forever.

Digital twins are a way for people to own digital passports of real-life items.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object or person. It’s essentially an avatar for any kind of item, whether it’s physical or digital. Digital twins can be used to store data about the real world and the digital one, so they’re great ways to represent your items in both worlds.

Digital twins are not just for cars; they can be used as passports for anything from horses to houses. They could even be used as passports for humans in the future!

Digital passports encapsulate the full life record of collectibles

Digital passports encapsulate the full life record of collectibles.

What if you didn’t need to search for an item’s original owner to find out how many owners it has had or when it was first sold? What if every time any user interacted with your product, every piece of data about every interaction was stored in an immutable blockchain ledger? The data would be impossible to destroy or manipulate, and could be used as a permanent record of all activity around your object. Digital passports can be used to record the history of an item’s ownership and maintenance.

Ownership of digital twins is complicated because there’s no easy way to transfer ownership.

Ownership of digital twins is complicated because there’s no easy way to transfer ownership.

Digital twins are a way for people to own digital passports of real-life items, like collectibles. Digital passports encapsulate the full life record of collectibles, so they’re very valuable assets that can be sold on secondary markets (like eBay or Amazon). But in order to sell your digital passport and receive payment, you need to have access to the original data source (that is, your physical item). This means that if you want to sell something like an antique car or a $10 million painting using your digital twin as proof of authenticity and provenance, you need both: The physical object itself as well as its digital twin stored in some database somewhere around the world.

Blockchain can help solve this problem by allowing people to transfer their ownership of digital twins through transactions.

Digital twins are a new concept that’s gaining popularity in the world of technology. A digital twin is a copy of a physical item that exists virtually, and it can be used to simulate how the real thing works. The idea is that by creating a digital twin, you can make better decisions about your product or property. Digital twins also have applications in fields like healthcare, where they can help doctors improve patient care by providing them with more detailed information on individual patients’ specific health history and symptoms.

Unfortunately for those who want to use these systems but don’t own any property yet (or don’t know how), there are some complications associated with transferring ownership over digital twins when someone else needs access: people often don’t know who owns what exactly since no one has taken responsibility for maintaining an accurate record of everything that’s being done with all this data from multiple sources — and there aren’t enough rules established yet so no one knows if they should even try!

Blockchain technology could solve this problem by allowing people who want control over their data but don’t technically “own” anything yet — like someone looking at their own medical records before deciding whether or not they would prefer getting treatment elsewhere — have access without having any legal claim on anyone else’s intellectual property rights or assets themselves.”

Eventually, blockchain could facilitate the creation and trading of digital collectibles that have value of their own.

You may have heard of cryptocurrency, but blockchain is the technology that makes it possible. What is blockchain? Blockchain is a form of public recordkeeping that uses a distributed database to create an indestructible record of transactions. It’s what allows people to make digital transactions without needing a central authority to verify them.

Blockchain could also allow for digital collectibles (like CryptoKitties) that are unique and have value in their own right — not just as items used in games or other digital environments. These assets could then be collected and traded by their owners outside of any particular game or virtual world, creating new opportunities for investors and collectors alike.

Digital twins will change ownership rules because they give us the ability to tokenize anything we want — from artworks and classic cars all the way up through precious metals like gold bars (assuming we can agree on what “precious” means).

Digital twin technology could have huge implications for the future of ownership.

You can now own a digital twin of your favorite sports car, or even have one created for you. But how do you own one? Blockchain could be the answer.

The rules of ownership are complicated when it comes to digital twins. If you buy a car, it’s yours and only yours: no one else can drive it around town or modify its appearance without your permission. But what if I wanted to buy my digital twin from someone who made it themselves? How do we know that person hasn’t modified the vehicle’s appearance or equipped it with special features that could make me go faster than allowed in some cities?

Blockchain is an incorruptible database that allows parties with no trust between them (and often none at all) to come together and exchange information about assets — for example, transferring ownership rights from one party to another — without going through any central authority like eBay or PayPal. In theory then, blockchain could facilitate the creation and trading of digital collectibles that have value of their own.

Get ready for ownership 3.0

It’s clear that digital twins will have a huge impact on the way we think about ownership. We’re already seeing the benefits of this technology in the business world, where it’s being used to improve supply chain management and customer service. But as more people start using digital twins for personal reasons, it could change how we think about traditional items like cars or houses. In addition, blockchain could allow us to create and trade collectibles that have value in themselves — and that means we might even see some of these changes happening sooner than expected!

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