The ones who preceded us in our family did not leave behind any document which can at least resemble a record of family history. How about we begin this initiative, to secure the history we are living now?
Since we don’t have the Eye of Agomoto (yeah, the Time Stone!) yet, let Blockchain do the talking.
Remember, back in school, when the Social Science teacher had once assigned you a project to create your family tree? But, since your grandparents could not recall much about their grandparents, your school project would result in a family tree resembling a shrub instead — you, your sibling, your parents, your grandparents, your uncles and aunts and cousins. That’s it. End of story. But the human mind can never be quenched with knowledge so little and inadequate. When the mind cannot recall every detail, technology comes to the rescue. And what else can be reliant enough other than Blockchain?
Blockchain Technology has multiple layers of impregnable walls, assuring secured preservation and passage of crucial personal information. The kinds of such data range from health records to certificates pertaining to birth, marriage, and death, as well as photographs! To move all your information on a blockchain-based virtual platform would allow you to exercise complete control over your personal information and immortalizing it at the same time.
What is wrong with physical records?
Except the feel of pages that (apparently) provide bibliophiles with a sense of humaneness (duh!), everything is wrong with physical records. Physical documentation is vulnerable to
- Irretrievable loss
- Theft or robbery
- Destruction due to orchestrated attacks (hacking, or terrorism)
- Accidents, natural or man-made
- Anger issues of homo sapiens, the smartest living beings on earth
History textbooks themselves know how unreliable physical records can be, in the hands of man and time. Even nature does not spare film reels, which often fade away or get distorted with the passage of time.
What about digital and online documentation?
Digital records are often lost with the dynamic evolution of technology. Indeed, it is difficult and often irksome to retrieve data stored in floppy disks, or even microfiches. CDs too face the same issue.
Now, stop right there. You can’t defend this argument by saying that memory cards, pendrives, and hard drives can never lose information. Well, can a pen drive with storage capacity of 32 GB actually preserve data of 32 GB? Think again.
If you are nostalgic enough to store important data in an old IBM word processor, then you have to spend both time and effort (and money too, may be) to retrieve all that information. Good luck with the recovery, then.
Information stored online is the worst thing that can happen. Online data cannot be recovered at any cost if,
- A profile or account gets compromised
- A service ceases to function
- A website gets shut down (RIP Google+)
- Even by cyber attacks
Alternatives of data preservation, like a shared drive or cloud, pose serious security threats in the form of phishing. So, loss of information would lead to barren lands in Farmville, embarrassing journals in the Wayback Machine, and the many pages dedicated to making and remaking memes.
Enter Blockchain Technology.
Data Security with Blockchain
Blockchain Technology is immune to total mutability and corruption. And the best part? You control what belongs to you.
1) Transcending Time
A family blockchain is indeed an amazing idea. You and your family members get to access your family vacation photos, diaries and journals, without any risk of losing them. Recall that family tree project, and you’ll realise that you would be helping out your grandkids a great deal with theirs!
2) Proper Documentation, for social occurrences
Bangladesh’s declaration to adopt Blockchain for issuing birth certificates throws light on other similarly important documents that can be protected via Blockchain.
This would ease the hassle to inform religious institutions which demand marriage records or family lineages to approve marriages in the near future. After all, some do ask for age-old marriage records and ancient birth certificates too, in order to validate an individual as eligible for tribal membership, or even benefits provided by the government.
3) Medical and Genetic Records
The results of DNA tests, and records pertaining to adoption and immigration records, are deemed significant, as far as health or legal issues are concerned; this includes custody issues as well. Moreover, medical history of family members are a great source of information for doctors treating a certain kind of disease. Word of mouth can be deceptive misunderstood, and information stored in a blockchain will never leave a room for errors.
4) Limited Visibility of data
Data stored in Blockchain records can made visible to holders of certain personal keys or passwords, often requiring multi-factor authentication.
Smart contracts on blockchains are programmed to confirm the information about a person, without revealing his/her identity to the user requesting the same. Therefore, a smart contract can also confirm the kinds of vaccines you have had, without the need to share your medical records with the recipient entity.
After all, a fingerprint, or even a swab of your saliva, has the capacity to leak information on the wrong hands. The days of biometric security, too, are numbered.
While time can be frozen in photo frames, memories and information can be protected from oblivion with Blockchain Technology.