If there is a large blind spot in the 2019 AR Room, this is the effect blockchain technology will have on the software distributed in AR Clouds.
For the uninitiated, blockchain technology is the fastest way to describe a way to assign unique attributes to digital assets using cryptography, and these assets are stored on a (usually) decentralized (usually) public ledger (database) called blockchain , distributed.
The most popular application of this technology has been the digital currency sector, most prominently in the form of bitcoin. However, the promise of blockchain technology goes far beyond its use as a cryptocurrency.
In today's web-based digital life, copying photos is trivial, for example. Determining whether a digital photo is an original photograph or just a copy of that digital photo can be difficult. Blockchain addresses this issue by enabling developers to create unique digital assets that users and other developers can not duplicate. One recent example of this dynamic was CryptoKitties, a popular game that Ethereum Blockchain's network used to enable users to generate and sell unique CryptoKitties, sometimes for thousands of dollars.
Of course, many in the AR and VR arenas are looking for ways to use Blockchain technology to give unique properties and values to virtual objects and assets. Some, such as Verses, SuperWorld and Arcona are experimenting with the fusion of AR and Blockchain technology to sell virtual real estate. Others, such as Lampix, are working to use Computer Vision and AR along with Blockchain technology to track virtual data between users and businesses such as cafes, bars and restaurants.
One reason that there is so much chatter in the AR area Blockchain itself is a relatively new and somewhat complicated technology. Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, released his open source software in 2009, but it took years for the cryptocurrency to really gain in importance. As a result, most activities around the blockchain area focused on cryptocurrency coins and speculation on the fluctuating values of these coins. But in recent years, a long list of companies, including heavyweights like Microsoft, IBM and FedEx, has made every effort to develop blockchain projects with a view to future uses beyond the mere currency.
As for the companies in the AR industry, we are now aware that Facebook is working on its own blockchain project, and Amazon is already helping many others in supporting blockchain companies. Solutions are far ahead. And last month, Magic Leap posted a job offer for a senior Blockchain architect, a Blockchain Oracle engineer, and a Blockchain engineer.
"As the lead Blockchain architect for Magic Leap's Lifestream team, you have overall planning and execution responsibility" A portfolio of blockchain, smart contract and Ricardian contract technologies to support the implementation of our Lifestream business function and their integration into our product portfolio, "writes the company's job listing." Design end-to-end solutions for our customers using blockchain technology from AWS, GCP
Last year, long before this job, I asked Magic Leap's Chief Content Officer, Rio Caraeff, about the blockchain's potential efforts in the company, and it was the only time during our meeting that I felt that I had asked him a spawn question, I had already guessed that Magic Leap was working on a blockchain solution, and now h we have evidence.
To put the potential connection between Blockchain and AR in a better perspective for those unfamiliar with the technology, imagine a world where the Pokémon stands are characters that you collect in AR "truly" unique – like the CryptoKitties mentioned above – each with their own unique characteristics and abilities.
Suddenly, you have an AR game that becomes an exercise where fans can trade "actually rare" Pokémon creatures that could eventually be sold or traded for large sums of money. This is just a very simple example of how the blockchain technology applied to AR can gradually influence how AR apps evolve beyond tape measure and furniture demos and become profitable ventures.
"Within the explosion of dApps on Ethereum [decentralized applications on a blockchain] Dozens of projects are under development at the interface of Blockchain and Immersive," says Gordon Meyer, co-chair of the Blockchain Committee for the VR / AR Association .
"Considering how fast the blockchain is growing and first-hand Art of  being in development, the world, I think, is the prospect of plunging into an expanded world and a global economy of While we're wearing Warby Parker-style glasses, we'll see them in the next two to four years. "
Of course, there are critics of mainstream for-profit companies who are the blockchain Turn to technology. Many new private blockchains are centralized so that the company or organization that created it has the ability to control who is involved in administrative changes to the network. This single factor claims a significant part of the promise of immutability, security, and transparency of blockchain, and to some extent, it compromises a company's privacy and control.
Despite this still contentious dispute between public and private blockchains, more and more companies are entering the space with private blockchain projects. And as AR companies start using their AR Clouds, in the coming months and years you can integrate blockchain technology into many of them, and you can even make a few bucks.
[19459020Perception: Blockchain is speculative Internet money voodoo, the technology itself is a solution that seeks a problem.
Next Reality: Blockchain is the missing link that will make AR safer and more profitable The next few years.
This post was created as part of our Future of AR series. Take a look at the whole series.