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Re: Is Decentralized Identity/Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) the killer application for blockchain/DLT?

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:49:59 -0800
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <baa9e1b6-14cf-956a-bf59-191a405b19b9@sunshine.net>
On 2018-11-16 9:49 PM, Manu Sporny wrote:
> ... sometimes it's easier to just keep plodding along and
> let your solution compete in the marketplace with all of the other ideas
> of solving the problem. Sometimes, you have no idea if what you are
> doing is the "Right thing to do"(tm).
>...snip...
> 
> I don't know how to speed that sort of thing along. It seems to be human
> nature, to cling to old technologies until they're obsolescence is vivid.

This reminds me of the even more stark stating of this idea in the 
famous quote by Max Planck:

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents 
and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents 
eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

And perhaps this does apply here, with the shift to DIDs, in the sense 
that what we're dealing with is a huge, even core, paradigm shift.

And so convincing full-time users of the old paradigm, in advance, may 
never work. It may only work to produce functional DID systems that 
provide people with things that they can use, that supplant the old 
system over time (while, in this case, hopefully being able to work 
alongside the old paradigm, which is probably a good thing).


Steven Rowat
Received on Saturday, 17 November 2018 17:50:17 UTC

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