An Era of Stacked Technologies: Blockchain x AI

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you and your friends are debating the events of a particularly entertaining evening from the night before? Every person has a different piece of the story, yet when these narratives are combined, the full picture comes to life. 

For those of us who have been into crypto for years, this is a very familiar feeling. A classic for economists, as Paul Samuelson said, “Economists have correctly predicted nine of the last five recessions.” Yes, we are very bad at predicting the future, but sometimes, if we can piece together enough information, we might be able to understand what has happened. 

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This is not dissimilar to what is happening right now in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and it has profound implications for blockchain technology.

For years, people have been thinking about AI models as monolithic structures, much like GPT-3, a single unit comprised of 175 billion parameters (or pieces of training data). GPT-4, its successor, has sparked an intriguing revelation that is shifting our perception. As it turns out (not officially confirmed), GPT-4 may not be one colossal model with 1 trillion parameters, but a symbiosis of eight smaller, specialized models working together. It’s a paradigm shift, and much like our brain operates not as a single entity, but as a constellation of parts working together, so does this technology.

So, how does this connect to blockchain?

Well, similar to this Lego-tower-like architecture of AI, blockchain technology has the potential to operate synergistically with other technologies. It’s about the fusion of blockchain and AI, each offering their unique attributes to form a composite entity that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Blockchain, with its decentralized structure, is the paradigm of innovation accumulated in layers of ecosystems that are combined and promoted.

Blockchain, as a decentralized ledger technology, brings transparency, security, and immutability. On the other hand, AI, with its ability to analyze large volumes of data, make predictions, and learn from its experiences, can significantly augment the capabilities of blockchain. When integrated, they can provide a seamless, secure, intelligent system that can revolutionize industries, from finance to supply chain management and beyond.

Moreover, as AI becomes more sophisticated, blockchain can provide the essential infrastructure to handle the increased data volume and complexity. The decentralized nature of blockchain ensures data privacy while enabling efficient data sharing, essential for training AI models.

Indeed, we’re entering an era where not just blockchain and AI, but a multitude of technologies will merge to create more sophisticated, efficient, and secure systems. It’s not about one technology superseding another; it’s about how they can work together, much like the small models within GPT-4 or the varied narratives of a memorable night out, to provide a more complete, more powerful solution.

This could explain why Openai jumped so fast into the Plugins Store strategy, where anyone (yes absolutely anyone) can create a new plug in to combine their own technologies and database with GPT4.

Let’s embrace this new era of technology fusion, where the combination of blockchain and AI isn’t a mere buzzword, but an integral part of the future we’re building together.

Let’s keep the discussion going, challenging our assumptions and seeking synergies in our digital world. Because in this interconnected environment, the whole is truly more than the sum of its parts. We actively practice this mantra in Belobaba.

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Yours in crypto and AI