Scientists could leverage blockchain tools to democratize science. NFT, Web3 and the metaverse can foster a modern scientific revolution. These technologies could improve collaboration between different stakeholders of science projects.
A new so-called “decentralized” scientific movement: DeSci
Today we talk about decentralized scientific work or DeSci. Indeed, DeSci is the epitome of the so-called “decentralized” science movement. This combines blockchain and Web3 technologies with the aim of improving scientific research. Among the main objectives of DeSci is the expansion of participation and funding when it comes to addressing scientific challenges. The movement also aims to democratize the peer review process. This process is dominated by some newspapers where it can be expensive to appear.
DeSci also aims at fight against censorship and create standards for research archiving. Currently, on blockchains such as Bitcoin, transactions are verified by a network of miners. The research could also be verified by participants in a blockchain network of scientists, etc. That said, blockchain-based peer review ecosystems can be transparent. They can like that give credibility to the research provided by the participants even if they are anonymous.
Furthermore, scientists could, for example, receive a “reward” for their participation, which would encourage a larger community to contribute. In essence, decentralized science will make it possible to develop platforms that allow more people to work with what Dr. Benjamin Bratton it calls the “source code of matter” on a fundamental level.
Blockchain technology can have a positive impact on science
Blockchain technology (token, NFT, metaverse) has the potential to positively impact the platform economy in ways that democratize access to scientific collaborations. When we think of platforms, we usually think of Uber or Airbnb, which are projects that change the world, in and of themselves. But platform economics is a very recent field of research, advancing even game theory as an academic discipline.
This process started with Bitcoin (BTC) and has only grown with Ethereum (ETH) and the dozens, if not hundreds, of other blockchains since then. Historically, web platforms and applications have tended to do this promote the creation of value. In fact, the more they are used, the more the platform creator achieves value.
Blockchain makes a fairer deal possible where the more participants add value to a given platform, the more people benefit from the platform in return.
Decentralized science (DeSci) will allow value-generating people (researchers, scientists, citizen scientists, etc.) to gain value based on their contribution. This can have a major impact on basic research in science, mathematics, and other fields.
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Luc José Adjinacou
Far from dulling my enthusiasm, a fruitless investment in a cryptocurrency in 2017 only increased my enthusiasm. I therefore decided to study and understand the blockchain and its multiple uses and to transmit information relating to this ecosystem with my pen.