Blockchain creates a low entropy alcove: interpreting blockchain from the law of entropy increase

When information becomes disorganized and chaotic, blockchain may be a solution.

Blockchain creates a low entropy alcove: interpreting blockchain from the law of entropy increase

The first law of despair in the universe – the law of entropy increase
The development of information technology has made people’s access to information convenient and rapid, but it has also caused a certain amount of distress. Do you feel confused and anxious when the overwhelming news comes? This phenomenon can be explained by the first law of despair in the universe – the “law of entropy”.

Entropy, first proposed by German physicist Clausius in 1865, refers to the ineffective energy in a system and is used to measure the “intrinsic chaos” of a system.

Entropy increase, from a physical point of view, means that everything is moving towards irregularity, disorder and chaos.

The law of entropy increase means that in an isolated system, the energy of chaos (entropy), without external forces doing work, will lead to an increasing degree of chaos. Entropy can only increase or stay the same, it will not actively decrease and eventually reach the maximum entropy value, and this process is irreversible.

Increasing information entropy
Currently, human beings have moved from the era of GB, TB, PB, EB, to the era of ZB. The global data volume grows from 18ZB in 2016 to 47ZB in 2020, with a five-year growth of about 2.6 times.

Relevant information shows that as of 2012, the data volume of all printed materials produced by humans was about 200 petabytes, and the data volume in the year 2020 will be about 246,000 times higher. UNCTAD statistics show that global Internet Protocol (IP) traffic has skyrocketed from about 100GB/day in 1992 to 45,000GB/second in 2017, and is expected to reach 150,700GB/second in 2022, the era of data explosion has arrived.

With the data explosion comes the information explosion, and human attention is cut to pieces by endless information, facing the anxiety and distress brought by the information explosion.

In order to understand the process and consequences of accelerated accumulation of information and exponential growth of information, the concept of “information entropy” needs to be introduced.

Information entropy, proposed by Shannon in 1948, is also known as “Shannon entropy”. According to Shannon’s information theory, information entropy is the average amount of information contained in each piece of information received. The entropy here is a measure of uncertainty, so the more random the source, the greater the entropy. Along with the increasing entropy of information, the whole information age will only be in a more disorderly state.

Blockchain creates a low entropy positive model
With the deep penetration of the Internet, everyone is in the intertwining of traditional and digital economies, and many forms of the current traditional economy are being transformed into the digital economy. How to be able to make this transformation with a real and credible basis is the current problem faced.

In this context, blockchain was born. Blockchain is the only way out to reduce the cost of mutual trust and mutual proof after the expanding and scaling of human economic activities.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Center’s “2018 China Blockchain Industry White Paper” defines blockchain as “a distributed ledger with a chain data structure that is combined in a sequential manner by data blocks in chronological order and is cryptographically guaranteed to be tamper-proof and unforgeable”.

We can understand blockchain as a trusted information paradigm that can be proven to third parties, with the purpose of making the computing process real and trustworthy, supporting the upper layer applications to realize the self-evidence of business logic, and bringing trust in computing to the world. Trust, a scarce factor in current information delivery, is a necessary element for building a digital mirror world and a cornerstone for realizing authentic and trustworthy digital transformation.

Blockchain can realize collaborative computing and data privacy protection among multiple nodes. There are more than 7.9 billion people in the world, which can be understood as 7.9 billion nodes. Blockchain ensures that the data transmission in these nodes can be real and effective, and sets up privacy protection for different data to protect the privacy of data to the maximum extent.

Blockchain can guarantee the security of the whole life cycle of data. From the birth of data to the whole process of use, it can be recorded on the chain by means of blockchain distributed storage and backed up in each node to guarantee the security of data flow and protect the whole life cycle of data.

Blockchain can guarantee the traceability in the process of data usage. Especially in the fields of agriculture, medical care and ecology, blockchain technology can be used to trace the whole process of data, and the whole process of data application, authorization and calculation results can be recorded and stored on the chain, and based on the record and authentication of data on the chain, the data can be associated with the chain according to the unique identity through smart contracts, so as to build the traceability of data.

Blockchain information system, because it contains “consensus mechanism”, contains holographic records of time, subject and content, which reduces the cost of information transmission, sharing and transaction, and is conducive to the formation of a continuous “entropy reduction” mechanism, creating a low entropy positive model.

Blockchain can also play a role in institutionalizing consensus mechanism, promoting data governance, serving as an infrastructure linking material economic activities and information economic activities, and facilitating the rapid transition of human society to “algorithmic society”.

In conclusion
Although blockchain has an inherent technical advantage in creating a low-entropy positive model, along with the increasingly widespread application of blockchain, how to achieve a continuous state of “entropy reduction” and promote the orderly transition of human society to an “algorithmic society” is the challenge and opportunity that blockchain technology development must face the challenges and opportunities.

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