If you're a fan of Ethereum, then you might have had a visceral reaction when you read the title of this post. Maybe that's why you clicked on it in the first place. On its face, "Ethereum Stops Working" is a statement that seems to imply a cataclysmic failure that would wipe out a multi-billion dollar market and an entire industry. It's a statement we'd hope to never read in a news headline. But, it's a technically true statement about the transition away from using Proof-of-Work.
After approximately midnight tonight (if all goes according to plan) Ethereum will stop working. And yet we know that in another sense, it will continue to work... hopefully better than ever before. It will begin working in a new way that is more sustainable and less energy intensive, thereby setting itself (and the environment) up for a healthier future.
If you've been paying attention, you'll notice that this shift mirrors the world around us in many ways. The nature of our work life is in flux. Jobs don't last as long as they once did, and they aren't conducted in the same ways that they used to be. Additionally, costs of living are increasing, inflation is on the rise, and wages aren't keeping up.
The Great Resignation, Quiet Qutting, and Lying Flat are all happening because the way we work is (ironically) not working and people are tired. Things have to change. Like the Ethereum blockchain, we need a more sustainable way to work.
$SELF has been completed and each unique NFT is being distributed to the correct participant. If you missed out on the original project, or if you'd like an extra collectible, I've made an image that features all of the pieces in sequential order. You can mint one of these collectibles here on this post.
$SELF was an experiment and a participatory art project. I wanted to see what would happen when relationships, self identity, and blockchain collided. Anyone could join for a minimum of 0.01 ETH. At the beginning, I had no idea what this project would blossom into.
In the end, I created 72 unique abstract pieces. Each one has different traits, qualities, and complexities. In some ways, they are reminiscent of the generative NFT projects that are popular in the space right now. The difference though is that each $SELF is human-generated. I made each one by hand.
This essay was written in collaboration with GPT-3. I provided the initial paragraph and served as the editor, GPT-3 did most of the thinking. Many people are writing about DAOs, but I wanted to read what a non-person had to say about them.
Using hexadecimal and MyEtherWallet, you can encode permanent messages onto the Ethereum blockchain. People will then be able read these messages on Etherscan if they know where and how to look.
Go to a text to hexadecimal conversion tool and convert the message you would like to send. Make sure to swap the two fields so that you're converting text to hex. When you swap the fields, a selector will appear below that you can use to ensure no spaces are included in the final hex output:
The following is a participatory NFT experiment and art project. By joining, you will receive at least 1 unique NFT that will be created by me, Dame.eth, and then airdropped to you. Anyone can participate by chipping in a minimum of 0.01 ETH to cover gas costs. To get started, continue reading.
I will never forget March 12, 2021. It was the day that I fell in love with Crypto. Up until then, I was just casually interested. This is the story of how it happened...
To start, I live in the southern united states. According to Google Search data, my area is one of the places in the united states with the least amount of interest in crypto.
No one I know in my physical proximity uses crypto.
“There is a part in each of us which holds fast to the old truth: either you are the hunter or you are the prey. Learn which you are. Act accordingly. Your life depends upon it.” ― from The Power by Naomi Alderman
I've worked at companies over the years that claimed to have flat structures. They would proudly declare, "we're not into hierarchy here!"
It sounded nice in theory, but it was never true. There was always a hierarchy that remained hidden. The opaque nature of power in these environments made them difficult to work in and proved to be fertile soil for bad things to grow.
A similar dynamic can be seen outside of the workplace. In American society, there is a false sense of equality and equal opportunity. We choose to ignore the heavy layers of class and social status blanketing our lives because acknowledging them can be uncomfortable.