QitChain’s Ecosystem and Future Vision
Previously, we have completed a basic introduction to QitChain’s infrastructure, technical advantages and economic model, and made a relatively subjective judgment on its prospects. Although QitChain’s efforts in these aspects can be considered relatively successful, these points alone are still not sufficient to fully constitute a sufficient condition for an excellent distributed system project — that is, in the case of satisfying the above conditions Basically, the QitChain team has more things to do.
Now let’s take a look back at how the ecosystems of several successful players in the blockchain industry such as Ethereum, Polkadot, and Binance work. We can find that the reason why these projects shine in the blockchain industry is that in addition to the advantages mentioned in the above two articles, there is another important point that we have not talked about, and that is the entire ecosystem ‘s build.
Building a blockchain ecosystem is to some extent even more difficult than building its technical architecture from scratch. In the history of blockchain development, there are also many projects that are amazing at the technical level due to the unreasonable design of the ecosystem, and finally disappear from the negative cases of everyone (such as Burst, which was the first to adopt PoC consensus). Therefore, we will briefly describe the vision of QitChain’s entire ecosystem here, in order to give readers a relatively comprehensive understanding and understanding.
Three cores and two belts: QitChain’s business vision
Summarized in simple language, the business plan mentioned by QitChain in its white paper is the so-called “three cores and two belts”. The QitChain team believes that the ecosystem built through the above businesses can form a complete ecosystem service system based on the research and development of a complete distributed search engine, and ultimately build a complete Qit metaverse based on its three-core and two-band system.
The first thing to point out is that the “three cores” proposed by the QitChain team may be different from what we imagined — it is not a completed technical framework, but a framework that covers the entire QitChain’s current structure, medium-term goals and long-term goals. A gigantic project with a long-term vision. In the context of QitChain, the “three cores” refer to the core support, core construction and core world of the ecosystem (ie, the metaverse). When examining the entire QitChain project, having a panoramic understanding of the “three cores” can help us to have a glimpse of the technical strength and ambition of the QitChain team from the side to a considerable extent.
The core support of the ecosystem (QitChain Network)
QitChain Network provides the underlying technical support for the entire project. It provides distributed storage and service construction, discovery and other functions based on the consensus mechanism of CPoC. The QitChain team will be responsible for maintaining the entire underlying technical system, and upgrading the CPoC consensus when technological innovations emerge, in order to allow the blockchain to provide more complete and rich services, such as providing secure storage of documents, videos, codes and other files On-chain services.
In QitChain Network’s storage service vision, code on-chain may be one of the most valuable applications. As we all know, at present, most programmers are accustomed to using GitHub to host their code. However, under the circumstance of programmers’ careless operation, it often occurs that the company’s internal product code is uploaded to the personal GitHub, resulting in major security accidents of source code leakage. But in the context of the blockchain, such a problem can be easily solved — since the programmer can control the private key by himself, the attacker can gain access to the uploaded code without obtaining the private key.
Similarly, some companies use GitLab for secondary development as a tool for code hosting and collaboration in their daily work to reduce the risk of source code leakage. Although GitLab can avoid the above-mentioned misrepresentation of internal codes to the public domain because of the internal enterprise, whether the security of these codes can be guaranteed in the face of intentional attacks depends entirely on the defense technology of the internal network security team.
Undoubtedly, in this case, internal code on-chain is an effective solution for how to preserve core business secrets such as source code. Whether facing internal control risks or external attacks, QitChain Network can take advantage of the security nature of the blockchain itself for defense. It can be seen that QitChain Network can achieve full coverage of services and effective guarantee of security whether it is for the B-side or the C-side.
The core service of the ecosystem (QitChain Search)
We must always remember that QitChain is essentially a research and development project of a distributed search engine. Then its core service must only be a search engine. Its flagship product Qit Search allows users to use it to search the Internet and provide content services, but the content of its services does not belong to any platform — in the era of Web 3.0, content creators themselves enjoy the ownership of their creations. Therefore, we believe that Qit Search has essentially crossed the content platform as an intermediary, and has directly established a point-to-point connection between content creators and users.
Just providing a simple distributed search service is not the ultimate vision of QitChain in this direction. It hopes to serve as an ecological aggregator on QitChain and at the same time provide search-as-a-service capabilities that users are interested in. In other words, users only need to search for the services they need on Qit Search and use them immediately, without having to download complicated clients before use.
In addition, as we mentioned above, in the current Web 2.0 era, the search engine as an intermediary will use technologies such as cookies to record and track users’ browsing footprints when users use services, in order to create profit. The distributed architecture of Qit Search ensures that it basically does not record user footprints, so as to achieve the purpose of protecting user privacy.
But it is worth noting that we used the word “basic” in the previous paragraph because the QitChain team mentioned in the article on its official website that there will still be a small amount of information recorded by the QitChain team — such as Addresses, search times, language preferences, and more. While the team claims that the purpose of recording this information is to improve the user experience, we must remember that the philosophical basis for the existence of distributed architectures is the untrustworthiness of individual nodes. Therefore, how the collection of these small amounts of data by the QitChain team will affect the entire QitChain Search is an important question that needs to be answered with time.
The core world of the ecosystem (QitChain Metaverse)
The core world of the QitChain ecosystem is the recently popular technology concept “Metaverse”, but there is no doubt that this is the most long-term vision in QitChain’s future planning. It is also mentioned in QitChain’s white paper that the realization of the QitChain metaverse requires another “two cores and two belts” as infrastructure support to be feasible.
Since Elon Musk put forward the concept of “metaverse” in a high-profile manner, the term can be said to have become one of the most talked about tech terms in recent years. Many current technology companies have announced their entry into the field, and some of them have even begun initial attempts at the concept. For example, as early as 2020, NetEase announced that the 2nd International Conference on Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) will be held in its large-scale game “Reverse Water Cold”, which can be regarded as a prototype of the concept of “metaverse”. attempt.
Games and NFTs may be the forerunners of the metaverse concept. The hit movie “Ready Player One” a few years ago intuitively showed us a metaverse virtual world. And current games such as Decentraland and The Sandbox have begun to march into the metaverse. Although QitChain is still in the early stage of ecological construction, it still writes the layout of the Metaverse Track into its plan. According to the QitChain team’s vision in the white paper, they hope that users can conduct virtual meetings, negotiations and games in the metaverse they have created.
Considering that a distributed core world is not QitChain’s near-term goal, we probably don’t have to get our hopes up in this direction. After all, in the current time period, QitChain will still focus their attention on another “two cores and two belts”. If the current technical “two cores” are QitChain’s technological city walls, then the “two belts” can be compared to the jungle and moat outside the city walls. Just as only a fortress with a river as a city can be strong, only the combination of “two cores and two belts” can ensure the strong competitiveness and prosperous vitality of the entire project.
Like the “three-core”, the “two-belt” also has a relatively long-term planning and forward-looking, and even said that its degree of incompleteness is likely to be higher than that of the “three-core”, so we only discuss it here. Give a brief introduction without going into in-depth discussions.
Service Radiation Belt: Distributed Search and Application Services
In the development of blockchain and distributed application technology, the prosperity of DApp is undoubtedly a big step forward for distributed application technology. Since 2015, DApps have sprung up like mushrooms after a rain. By the end of 2021, there are more than 3,900 DApps in the market. From this point of view, the blockchain industry still attaches great importance to the application of distributed system architecture.
The QitChain team has keenly grasped the phenomenon that despite the large number of current DApps, they still perform their own duties. Logically speaking, this status quo is normal in the current Internet environment, but with the development of technology, in the After distributed applications become more prosperous, simple and decentralized DApps make the entire ecosystem look thin, and QitChain’s ambition is to use its search capabilities to integrate social, shopping, gaming and other needs on the social C-side; and data on the B-side Storage, traceability, certificate storage and other services. Coupled with its “search-as-a-service” feature, QitChain hopes that users in its service radiation belt can directly obtain direct one-stop services through search.
Technology Radiation Belts: Unifying new technologies to face more challenges
In recent years, in addition to blockchain technology, new technologies including artificial intelligence and deep learning, storage and governance of big data, and the Internet of Things have also achieved considerable development. Then, if these technologies are organically combined, what kind of unexpected applications can their products provide has become an exciting question. The QitChain team intends to organically combine distributed search with the above-mentioned new technologies in the future, so as to target the pain points of users who have been limited by technical bottlenecks for a long time, and explore new possibilities for various distributed services.
Solid Three Steps: QitChain’s Roadmap
In the future planning of the QitChain team, a relatively solid concept of “three steps” is proposed, that is, to complete the token incentive and economic system first; then to realize the preliminary retrieval and data storage functions in the distributed network; and finally to pass the Its ecosystem establishes a complete search and application service system, and on this basis builds the metaverse on QitChain.
From its released roadmap, we can see that QitChain is a cutting-edge project that is just getting started in its first goal. In a sense, cutting-edge means change, but also implies crises and challenges. Therefore, it is difficult for us to make any strong inclination evaluation on the future of QitChain based on these three essays. But in general, due to its relatively solid basic technical architecture and its current position in the distributed search engine segment, we remain cautiously optimistic about its future.
Conclusion: Is QitChain ready to face the world?
QitChain has complete technology and broad development space. But we must always notice that when distributed services begin to step out of the ivory tower of the laboratory and face the public, the requirements for their convenience and low-cost learning will immediately become prominent. Then, when QitChain Search really lifts the veil and goes to the public, although it can protect user privacy, cut off the collection of big data and push advertisements; but in terms of response speed and ease of use, can it be compared with Baidu, Google competes with the traditional mainstream search engines represented by Bing, and it will take several years to have an answer. Although we are constrained by the “impossible triangle” of the blockchain world, we cannot compete with mainstream non-distributed search engines (such as Baidu, Google and Bing mentioned above) that have already established usage habits among user groups. The results are cautiously pessimistic, but the project will perform in the future.