The idea of using the Bitcoin blockchain to represent and track the ownership of off-chain assets is almost as old as Bitcoin itself. One of the startups that is pursuing this vision is Berlin-based Ascribe, which allows creators to register ('ascribe'), transfer and archive digital art.
Ascribe CTO Trent McConaghy joined us for a fascinating discussion of their ambitious goals to enable a so-far elusive secondary market for digital art, help creators monetize their work and ultimately retrofit an entire ownership layer to the internet.
Topics covered included:
- Why ownership in the internet is broken
- How Ascribe wants to realize the vision of Project Xanadu of an internet with bi-directional links and baked-in copyrights
- How the SPOOL (Secure Public Online Ownership Ledger) protocol works
- The components of the Ascribe tech stack
- How Ascribe will crawl and similarity-match the entire internet to retrofit an internet of ownership
- Why Ascribe focuses first on the digital art market
Links mentioned in this episode:
- SPOOL Protocol
- Project Xanadu Wikipedia
- Rewiring the Internet for Ownership with Big Data and Blockchains
- Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly at http://ShapeShift.io
Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sébastien Couture.