I have a challenge.
Check out this message I just got from Google. 😱
I naively thought that storing photos on Google would be free forever, but of course, at some point, we got to pay up.
$1.99/month doesn’t seem bad at all. It’s only $24/year. But for how many years?
For the next 10 years? 20 years? I’m sure that in the next few decades I’ll need to upgrade my storage plan and prices will inevitably increase.
And that’s when I started thinking about the longevity of my memories.
Will my children pay for my Google Photos Storage? What about my grandchildren?
At some point in the future, it is inevitable that one of the following will happen:
- My family tree stops paying for my photo storage account
- Google Photos shuts down
Both scenarios lead to lost memories.
As I’m writing this, I’m home for the holidays at my mom’s place. In order to entertain my daughters, I brought out the old photo albums to tell them some stories.
They quickly got distracted, but I spent the next hour just looking at all of our memories.
The photo above really stood out to me. I can easily tell that it’s my younger brother’s 3rd birthday, but I want to know more. I want to know the story about that day. Look how happy my mom and dad are. I honestly don’t remember ever seeing them smile together like that.
As I flipped through the albums, three thoughts came to mind:
- I want to learn more about each memory.
- Holding these printed photos in my hand felt so much more meaningful than looking at photos on my phone.
- How do I pass on these memories to future generations?
Metablox — pass on memories to future generations
I believe Metablox is well positioned to pass on memories to future generations.
- Scarce and hand-selected: When you print photos, you hand select the best ones (it doesn’t make sense to print and store all of your photos). A printed photo album is a curated set of memories that allows other to experience them. Similarly, in Metablox, Neighbors must hand-select their best memories to add to the blockchain.
- Skin-in-the-game: It costs money to print photos, which further drives the motivation to only print the most important and meaningful memories. Likewise, in Metablox, adding memories to the blockchain requires at minimum to pay the gas fee.
- Ownership: Holding photos in your hand is a much more special experience than viewing photos on a phone. It’s the ownership; it’s the tactile feeling in your hands. Although in Metablox you don’t have the tactile experience, you do own your memories (own in your wallet) and in the future, can experience memories through augmented reality when you’re near the place where they happened.
- Storytelling: In Metablox, memories require two characteristics: a place to anchor the memory, and a written story to describe the memory. These two characteristics enrich the memory far more than a picture alone can do.
- Forever on the blockchain: Because your memories are on the blockchain, they’ll continue to exist there, forever. You don’t have to worry about your printed photos getting lost or destroyed; you don’t have to worry about maintaining them through a monthly payment; you don’t have to worry about the storage company ceasing to exist. You can be confident that your memories will always exist on the blockchain.
If Metablox is successful, then we will have accomplished the following:
- Created a utility that preserves humanity’s most important memories
- An asset that appreciates in value
- A strategy game for casual players