Here is the text from our original hash it post preserved for posterity and for those who appreciate a more extended introduction. Click here for the new and improved Fast Track page
Why will I want to use the hash it method?
- With hash it you can instantly connect any two things in the public domain – maybe you want to connect two related video interview segments, 1 from Vimeo, 1 from Youtube, for example.
- You can Interlink a physical location to something digital – connect your land holding claims to mapping coordinates or a what3words.com location see if your neighbours agree!
- You can connect anything, even if you are not the owner – ask a question in public and connect it to a product, an account, a corporation, a persons name, or the name of a country!
- Others can connect something digital to a physical location – a website, photo or video can be connected to a restaurant table, a road junction, a tree, a wind turbine or anything at any location in the world
- Anything in the public domain can be connected to anything else – if a page is login protected you can still connect it to any other page, even if you do not own either of them!
- One thing can have unlimited connections – the hash of a country can be connected to the hash of the word ‘countries’ AND the hashes 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 of. The method creates a 100% predictable result which means anyone who hashes the same word or web page, or name, will always end up at the same hash page, no matter if they hash something today, next week, or next year. Any of us can hash anything we like, into the public domain and create a single common root point in the whole world for that specific thing. We can hash words, sentences, web page addresses, or anything that can be publicly referenced somehow. It can be based on a serial number, a bar code, a corporation name, a political party name, a football team name, or something very specific like a video link at a certain timestamp, there really isn’t anything that cannot be hashed and linked to the public domain by more or less any modern day person with internet access. It doesn’t need a programmer and it is already live so you can start using it right away yourself right now.
How do I hash something?
Hashing requires simply following some instructions and using some free and open source software and online converters in a specific way. See the Fast Track section above if you want to dive straight in, else let me try and set the scene first. What is hashing, what is a hash? Hashing something is when you convert some information from a single character to a whole book, into a unique 54 character code. This is done using the bitcoin encryption method known as SHA 256, but that is not really important, that is just what its called, there are others with different names, but we only need this one. Here are some hashes by way of examples. We have a hash of a word, a name, a phrase, a video segment, a location and a bar code.
- The word “cat” 77AF778B51ABD4A3C51C5DDD97204A9C3AE614EBCCB75A606C3B6865AED6744E
- The name “Satoshi Nakamoto” 80F189984E5CA70287D13342F6DAA0DB45CBA3C131C4E46DC81360F3A4C4F690
- 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” 28537859CA8D16FA300731312A0F94ADA93879CDF9F1D52C4D0313885BA00E24
- A video segment about trees from DaveErasmus.com, where Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot explain the importance of trees (full video) “https://youtu.be/9Pd3mLxYbCc?list=PLB_oqvS-aZOwYMwocIFB82RRlK-OXDVPP&t=1524” 907963B7E694096A43A6C5718ABD217BE82626427296B56AE9B6233342E987D3
- A link to a physical location using the revolutionary What 3 Words system that has helped save many lives “https://what3words.com/shift.goad.drill” 55F600D3EBF366B5F5CF4987E54F9A55C614082924658C0A85058BEB6D638DD8
- The barcode on my favourite coffee “050122311881” 648A486722709E8760A989A246A29D4D01B96400FB63C84D088EC057CFFD5F3F
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, all of us can group related information together in a way that makes it accessible to the entire global audience! Anyone can determine the same hash reference of something, using only its name or address. Submitting the hash and any linked information to this new ‘global index of everything‘ is simply a case of making a record of it in a micro transaction on a public blockchain, like the amazing Telos Network! The power of hashing is because if you and I both hash the exact same thing (like the same word, name, web page address, location or bar code) we will get exactly the same hash. By using this same hash we have both determined separately, as a common reference in the public domain, everyone can view the connected information with a simple web report, web app or mobile app. Even if the information is on totally different platforms and mediums, physical or digital, the hash connects them all together in a single logical place. If you have read this far and are still understanding then very well done to you! Have you thought about what happens when two accounts submit the same hash? When two accounts submit the same hash, the first submission will cause the creation of the hash in the public domain (the account name of the creating account will be associated with that hash until the end of time!). Subsequent submissions simply add to the list of entries under the same hash. So there is a terrific land grab opportunity here too, if you submit hashes for words and names you might want to be connected to in the future. 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 do that before I get round 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 the first time?
Hash it is a powerful system a lot of people wont be able to accept because of 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 responsible for a corporation, or for spending public money, or have the responsibility of impacting other people’s lives then you need to know that enquiries and comments, and evidence, and global sentiment can now be placed in the public domain and linked to you, for your review and by your peers. Nothing is really private anymore, if just ONE person on the planet can see it or hear it or touch it then every other single person on the planet can too. What’s more that can all be done via a single, unique, reference which can never be deleted. Being able to respond in the public domain is going to be an essential strategy for everyone. Some people might choose to ignore the public domain at their peril, some might not even know it is there.The genie is out of the bottle now though and I apologise in advance for that. A lot of people are going to be affected by the transparency and absolute accountability it brings, please use it responsibly and never hash in anger. Let’s make sure the benefit of hash it is employed for the greater good of everyone. A simple demonstration of the power of hash it should be enough to scare most people into instant absolute responsibility. Just imagine the worst thing you have ever done and imagine that its record is the first thing anyone sees as being linked to the hash of your actual name in the public domain, until the end of time. Like I said, I am sorry. 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 the root point of anything, this is because the word is the thing you are looking for, or where you put things for other people to find them! I love the way this feels, it connects everything to its physical root in reality. It’s not ‘a place’ to put something, it is ‘the place’ to put something. Secondly, this is exciting because it would seem to be the natural place to start developing market places. If there was a single most logical place in the whole world to connect buyers and sellers then where is a more applicable place than on the actual 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 of which you might never have seen before! https://www.publicdomain.live/hash/B370DE14E94142D4A108A79DF6D0E265A0BA3FA2E10F57C4B3A892B74C9F84AA
The Aha! Moment with Telos BP Minimum Requirements Document Paragraph 5B Sorry this is boring, but it is where it all began because I needed to link questions, conversation channels, medium posts and screenshots to a read only PDF 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. I wanted to be able to get back to this same place, and share it with the other BPs, regarding the current position of paragraph 5B, about BP identities. 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 short and boring video shows how I made that actually work, so you will have to watch it if you don’t understand yet and still want to learn hash it (tip run video at 2xspeed to Fast Track)
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 hashed the word ‘cat’ (Yaya another first for me!) and put it in a transaction to the publicdomain account, followed by the word cat, and then the link to my cat report. Now my cat report is forever linked as an item from the word cat in the public domain! I am not sure if this next bit is confusing or explains the power of this further, but through the power of hashing to the public domain I could also direct you to some information verbally, in a way that is not currently possible. I could tell you that my old cat “Smudge is cat 1 and cat 2 in the cat pictures report linked from the word cat in the publicdomain”. You could upload your cat now, and it would be no.3 or 47 or 596 but you would still be able to direct me to it verbally right now, and anytime in the future no matter how many more cats come after your cat. You can’t do this in Google. You are able to scroll through the submitted cat pictures in time and date sequence at any point in time, and they will always only ever be 1 click away from the word: cat. Let’s find Smudge now (note this ugly proof of concept site has evolved slightly since this was recorded, you can at least click on hashes now!)
Giraffes Perhaps you prefer giraffes over cats, so by way of my next example I could again direct you to something I wanted to share with you simply by speaking a short sentence like “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, as well as the word giraffe. Just remember to always hash the thing first, and then you can 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.
What will you hash today? Watch the project evolve in real time at https://www.publicdomain.live
**STOP PRESS: Soft Launch Competition – Win 100TLOS if you are the first person to hash something **
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. I can’t help feeling this is like the legendary 10,000BTC pizza transaction, we should be hashing injustice, environmental issues and making global decisions on issues and the future direction of our planets governance system being one we can all work with. Let’s get started, get organised, get out there, get connecting and start healing our world and lives. We can achieve great things when we all pull together. Hash it brings us together because we can all see the same things in the same place. Useful hash generator tool here https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha256-hash-generator/ Originally published 19th December 2019 | Last Updated date as published