Hash it is the free & open source solution for referencing and cataloging everything in our world, physical or digital!
OK but what does that actually mean?
- With hash it you can instantly connect any two things in the public domain – connect a tweet to a product page
- You can Interlink a physical location to something digital – connect mapping coordinates to a photograph, flyer or document
- Others can connect something digital to a physical location – a website can be connected to a tree or a wind turbine
- You can connect anything, even if you are not the owner – ask a question in public and connect it to a person, corporation or country!
- Anything in the public domain can be connected to anything else – Even if a page is login protected you could still connect a public question
- One thing can have unlimited connections to other things – The hash of a country can be connected to the hash of all its cities
- 100% free using only open source programs and a public blockchain – No coding is required, start now, click here to make your first hash then get the Sqrl wallet and see the barcode demo
- Uses only the Telos & EOS accounts called publicdomain – even the publicdomain account holders cannot edit the data on the blockchain
Hash it is the most logical method for creating a common point of reference for anything you can think. The result is 100% predictable which means anyone who hashes the word ‘cookies’ will always end up at the same place no matter if they hash the word ‘cookies’ today, or next week, or next year. As well as hashing words, we can hash web page addresses, or anything that is in the public domain, like a serial number, a bar code, a corporation name, an actors name, a politicians name or even a footballer or football team name.
How does that work then?
By creating a hash of something you can convert any amount of information from a single character to a whole book, into a unique 54 character code.
Here are hashes of a word, a name, a phrase, a location and a bar code.
- The word
- The name
- The most famous phrase in history from Neil Armstrong as he stepped on the moon
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind“
- A link to a physical location using the revolutionary What 3 Words system that has helped save many lives
- The barcode on my favourite coffee
A hash on a public blockchain gives us a root point in the public domain everyone and anyone can make use of, or find.
By ‘hashing‘ a word, name or address you create a string of letters and numbers called a ‘hash‘.
The generated hash will never be the same as any other hash for anything else, it is a ‘unique identifier‘.
By submitting the hash to the public domain it creates a ‘root‘ point of reference so we all can group together related information in a way that makes it accessible to the entire global audience!
Anyone can determine the same hash reference for something, using only its name or address. Submitting the hash so that it can become part of a new ‘global index of everything‘ is simply a case of making a record of it on a public blockchain, like the amazing Telos blockchain!
If we both hash the same thing (like the same word, name, web page address, location or bar code) we will get exactly the same hash. By using this hash as a common reference in the public domain everyone can view the connected information with a simple web report, web app or mobile, even if they are on totally different platforms and mediums, physical or digital! One day Google will search all the blockchains too.
If you have read this far and are understanding then you can probably see the landgrab opportunity here too. The first account to submit a hash will be recorded as its creator for all of time! Subsequent submissions simply add to the list of entries under the same hash. So start making a note of the words and names you want to be connected to. For example, I could hash the word blockchain or internet today and my account name will be on that transaction forever. I wonder if any of you will beat me to it?
Yesterday I was the first person to submit the hash of the word crypto. What word would you like to be credited for having hashed?
In the instance of companies and famous people with the same names globally, the first submission will come from those who are the most informed and up to date with the developments in the technology. How would you like to be able to demonstrate that kind of positioning and leadership in your industry in the future?
Right now it is easy because there are only a handful of people in the world that understand what this system is!
Hash it is a powerful system a lot of people will struggle with due to its completely irreversible nature and the absolute transparency it can bring. When someone’s name gets hashed for the first time, and all their public domain information is grouped together, as compiled by every other person in the world, it is really going to change everything! Anyone operating publicly on the global stage will have the potential to be connected to an unlimited number of things from anyone else in the world. All neatly time and date stamped and put into order of receipt, as per the blockchain.
If you are providing services to people, you better be able to respond to the enquiries placed in the public domain, or not. Some might choose to ignore them, some might not even know they are there…….
Once written to the blockchain your submitted hash becomes part of the public domain which is :-
- Censorship proof not owned or controlled by any one person, organisation or government.
- Already freely available for everyone to view, and contribute to right now
- Using only existing tools in a specific way to create an unbreakable method for referencing and linking our world
- Available to everyone with internet access to easily create or access a single ‘root‘ point for anything in the public domain, anywhere in the world
The use cases for this are staggering as we reindex the entire world into the public domain! We can connect ANY TWO THINGS with easily determined hashes, an UNLIMITED number of times. Anyone can submit the hash of anything to the public domain. The global index of everything just became open source, crowd-sourced, and decentralised!
Hashes can be generated from anything, but the hashes that are derived from the actual words themselves are where it gets really exciting!
Firstly it means you’ll always know how to access right to the root of anything, because the word of the thing you are looking for is where you look! I love the way this feels, it connects everything to its physical root in reality.
Secondly, this is exciting because it would seem to be the natural place to start developing market places. If there could be an agreed single place in the whole world that buyers and sellers might consider converging if they want to trade, then where is more appropriate than on the name of the item being traded?
That is a glimpse of one potential future, other futures may exist! Let’s start bringing in examples and see if we can get you to an Aha! moment like I had in the first example.
There are 3 examples below and I will post new ones moving forwards if I can contain my excitement to stop making hashes for long enough to write about it!
If you can’t make it past here then at least click on this link to see the lighthouse hash and the wonderful images the likes you might never have seen before!
The Aha! Moment with Telos BP Minimum Requirements Document Paragraph 5B
Linking questions, conversation channels, medium posts and screenshots to a read only PDF Governance document for Telos https://www.publicdomain.live/hash/2E13A29A5EFFD9FE7BFA7153F28CD950E810D8A8B6DE391AA5EA42B60642993A
I needed a way to connect my findings as I trawled through the various Telegram channels, Medium posts and GitHub docs, to find the current position regarding the implementation of paragraph 5B. As I was searching through the different channels where the conversations had taken place, it occurred to me that in our decentralised world we lack a SINGLE & LOGICAL place to start a conversation or look for something.
I had thought for a while that it would be great if we had a way to ‘hang’ a dedicated conversation channel on a specific document so we could more easily track conversations about it, or even parts of it, like in this case where it’s paragraph 5B! This document was a read-only PDF on GitHub.com so I hashed the URL of the document and had the idea to use its hash as a reference to tag and easily collate the other pieces of my research together.
I figured I could use the hash of the document URL as a filter in my reporting program I’ve already made, thereby grouping them all together with the same reference. So I linked a few other things in like a couple more screenshots and a link to a post in a public chat, using the document hash. When I ran my report on the publicdomain account using “AND memo field contains hash 2E13….” as a filter, everything I tagged was there! Here is the report (please note this is just a proof of concept, it’s not pretty!) https://blockchainreports.co.uk/view-reports-data/MTI4
I thought Aha! That’s useful!
This video shows how that works
The important point to note is the data in my report is from the public blockchain so anyone could make a reporting interface to show the exact same report entries from the blockchain, this is just my version.
In the same way different web browsers show the same web pages, or like how a block explorer shows the same account information, I could use a different interface to view the same data all linked together by hashes. I imagine a future where any programmer, developer or tech curious person creates their custom interface to the public domain information. It would be an entry level project for a new programmer to learn their skills on. Every company could sponsor the creation of their own branded version of an interface to the public domain information, they could even modify it so it is more useful to their users in their industry or niche, for example.
Soon, creating new categories and submitting hashes will simply be a case of “Login with Scatter or Sqrl” to sign your transaction, the same way you do on a decentralised exchange, such as newdex.io. Soon we can begin adding the Sentiment TRUST token reputation scores of users, offering further customisation options for an interface. There are some other neat features that will appear on our interface soon, but they’re secret for now. Even though the index is decentralised, how each interface designer chooses to display, filter or link the data, is up to them. It is a great opportunity to provide a useful service in order to attract users of similar interests.
Smudge the cat. Hashing is not just for web pages, you can hash anything, even cats!
Any sentence or even a single word can be hashed and become the anchor for its global community. As you can choose anything as the ‘root’ then what better than to use the actual word, or name, or address of the thing itself? I can demonstrate the power of this really simply using the word “cat”.
I have created a fun report that people can send their pictures of cats to, its another one of my ugly proofs of concepts https://www.blockchainreports.co.uk/view-reports-data/MTIy I made one for dogs too, and I thought about promoting it as a long standing contest between cat and dog owners to try and become the winning team but that is subject of another post.
However, I want my cat report to be linked from the word cat in the public domain so I created a hash of the word cat and put it in a transaction to the publicdomain account, followed by the word cat, and then the above link. Now my cat report (which uses the catcatcatcat account if you want to send a pic of your kitty) is forever linked as an item from the word cat in the public domain. I could also direct you to my old cat Smudge verbally if I were to say she is cat 1 and cat 2 in the catcatcatcat report linked from the word cat in the publicdomain.
Let’s find Smudge now
Perhaps you prefer giraffes over cats, so by way of my next example I could share with you that I saw a live stream of a giraffe enclosure I thought you might like, so I hung it off the word giraffe for you in the public domain on 30th November. In one sentence I can direct you to the exact information I want to share with you because I tagged it myself with the giraffe hash and you can easily find it because it is the hash of the actual word giraffe, so even I can remember that! “look at word giraffe in public domain for giraffe” easy.
Maybe you think we could do that with Google, but there is no way I could direct you to a submission at a specific moment in the public index timeline on Google because the raw data is not available, but with hashes in the public domain they can be accessed in a linear fashion, or in any way we decide is useful.
Using hashes of web pages, documents, locations, words and product bar codes we can tag anything in the world and connect it to any other thing in the world! When you have submitted the hash of something, you can connect it to anything else. So this livestream was submitted to the giraffe hash, but it could also be connected to hashes of zoo, web cams, nature or even camelopard as well as the word giraffe.
Just remember to always hash the thing first, and then connect it to as many other things as you want. No doubt it is going to become one big beautiful mess, but it will be our mess, it will belong to everyone and anyone can contribute to it using their blockchain account. After digital currency, this could just be the killer app blockchains bring us.
This is such an exciting project which ties in to many other initiatives we are designing here at Telos UK and in conjunction with other collaborators via Bitcoin Nottingham and the wider Telos community. If you are excited about the possibilities of hash it and want to explore other ways to hash our world into the public domain then let’s collaborate.
To get involved in this ground breaking work then join the Telos UK Telegram channel in the first instance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +441158224546 during UK business hours and we will discuss how to best hook you in to the project.
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**STOP PRESS: Soft Launch Competition – Win 100TLOS if you are the first person to hash something and then link your hash to my announcement in Telegram https://t.me/AcornTelosUBI/3683 **
We have a winner, congratulations to Telegram use Yellow for successfully creating the yellow hash and submitting it to the public domain! This is incredible! 100 TLOS to Yellow for being the first user in the world to hash a word on this system.
Now who is going to submit the correctly spelled version of colour?!
Useful hash generator tool here https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha256-hash-generator/