DIDs, metaverses & interoperability
Interoperability is one of the most important topics in the crypto industry and by many thought to be the key to mass adoption. Account creations have been made redundant by Web3. When interacting with DeFi protocols, NFT marketplaces or the like, you only need to sign in with your wallet. With a Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), you’re always in control of the information you provide to prove who you are. If you decide to place an order, you decide what you want to reveal, and for most types of e-commerce, your name and delivery address would be enough. And more and more businesses are integrating Web3.
But what about metaverses? There is a wide range in what metaverses offer — and what even qualifies as one — but the battle for users has already started. Within the crypto community, users are deciding what metaverses they will believe in, invest in, and spend their time in, not just now but over the long term. Reflecting the overall divide between DeFi and Web2, great projects will struggle against larger companies with larger budgets, which want to maintain control of user information.
But what if you didn’t need to create a separate account with your email on different sites? What if you could maintain your sovereignty while being able to jump between different metaverses and blockchains, bringing your character with all of their items and experience?
Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) can be resolved by any ledger (blockchain) as long as the DID-controller (user) accepts the request. DIDs are the ultimate tool for interoperability in a decentralized Web3 environment.
“An audience or viewer is necessary to create a Mandala. Where there is no YOU, there is no Mandala.”- Padmasambhava
IAMX is partnered with the Mandala Metaverse. Mandala is an upcoming cross-chain, cross-media franchise, combining NFTs with a AAA Unreal Engine MMO RPG + location-based AR mobile game, TV series (Kevin Foxe, Executive Producer of The Blair Witch Project), and graphic novels (Dark Horse Comics). These all combine in the world’s first Enlightenment Simulator powered by SingularityNet’s decentralized AI.
Building on several blockchains, Mandala is focused on interoperability and mass adoption. Mandala has partnered with IAMX to provide DIDs to users on Cardano, Ethereum, and Polkadot, allowing players with NFTs on multiple chains to come together in a gathering of the chains to build the critical mass of Sovereigns in their metaverse. If you mint an NFT on Cardano now, your DID will be created on the Cardano blockchain. The IAMX DID method (did:iamx) is currently interoperable on 42 different blockchains and approved as a W3C standard (World Wide Web Consortium). Mandala’s upcoming NFT releases on Ethereum and Polkadot will be equipped with DIDs on those chains as well. Additionally, DIDs provide a secure solution and valuable utility for the members-only privileges of the NFTs.
There is a common misconception that DIDs are digital identities. DIDs are Decentralized IDentifiers (verifiers) that enable a person, organization, or any entity to prove their identity without having to rely on third-parties or external authorities.
It is up to the sole controller (user) of a DID to decide what their DID should identify. With Mandala, you are given the chance to identify as a sovereign being, your character in the metaverse. After verifying the NFT in your wallet, the DID keeps track of your character’s progress. A user will be able to create their online alter ego and grow their character’s items, experience points, lore, etc. over time. For now, the only data that players are sharing is their wallet address — the same one they purchase their NFTs with — and (optionally) their Discord handle. This allows players a safe and educational experience to learn about DIDs and how to create their new identity in the metaverse. You choose if, when, and how you tie your character to your real-world identity. You control your data — and your destiny. In the Mandala Metaverse, YOU are the hero of the story!
Since DIDs are resolvable on any chain, another metaverse can read the character’s DID document (character) upon entry, based on the user’s approval. This means you can theoretically bring your character, with their existing items and experience, to any metaverse — regardless of chain. When the user leaves that metaverse, they sign their DID document, which has been automatically prepared by Mandala. The user experience would be like saving the game up to that point. Like every self-sovereign solution, it is up to the user to decide when and where to go back in — or, as our friends at Mandala would say, “Exit the Matrix. Enter the Mandala.” In the Matrix (and the current matrix we find ourselves in) you are not in control of your data, in the Mandala, you are.
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