EOS' Dan Larimer Says All Businesses Will Use Blockchain in the Future

Block.one Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Daniel Larimer made an interesting observation about the blockchain industry in a recent interview with CNR, pointing out that the technology will “break through” to the mainstream once it becomes so ubiquitous that it is hardly even mentioned.

After his keynote speech at the recent Blockchain Live event in London, Larimer shared his thoughts on what he expects from the industry in the future. Larimer predicted that in the not so distant future, all businesses will be using blockchain.

Next, Larimer explained that most businesses will jump on board as a simple upgrade because the software will make their lives easier. Larimer stated:

To get from where we are today to there is a matter of getting the existing businesses and existing proven business models to upgrade their software to use blockchain give users greater security....Banks lose hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fraud, either from inside or outside. The biggest use cases are actually coming from the businesses which have these huge liabilities adopting the blockchain… Then their customers are going to benefit from it automatically and transparently.

Dan Larimer

Larimer also recognized that the industry has a lot of work to do in terms of making the software user friendly for the average user.

The other big use case is eliminating the need for constantly changing your password – or complex passwords – because that actually makes things harder for users. When people start making things easier, when blockchain actually makes people’s lives easier and more secure, that’s when it’ll get widespread adoption.

The technical barrier to entry has already been a problem for EOS, as CryptoGlobe reported, some users interested in EOS applications have had a difficult time learning to use them.

Larimer suggested that the early adopters of any new technology are going to be driven by a strong philosophical belief in the capabilities of that technology. However, a technology does not become a part of everyday life for most people until it is proven to make their lives easier with minimal risk and cost. Larimer concluded:

So far, the early adoption of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is very philosophical. It’s inherently limited to people who actually believe in the cause. That’s true with all early adoption. It’s true with electric cars. It’s true with blockchain.

Block.one Conceptualizes Passwordless Authentication & Authorization System

Block.one, a Cayman Islands-registered firm that publishes open-source software and protocols for EOS, one of the largest platforms for deploying enterprise-grade decentralized applications (dApps), has argued that “current methods of authentication suffer” from the “Hearsay Problem.”

Explaining what Hearsay means, in general, Block.one noted in its blog post, published on April 17th, 2019, that Hearsay is “any information received from one party about the statements or actions of a second party that cannot be adequately substantiated.”

Current “State-Of-The-Art Methods” Of Authentication May Not Be Reliable

Block.one also noted in its official blog that its stance on this matter is that “all information sourced from systems which rely on current state-of-the-art methods of authenticating users would qualify as mere hearsay if any of the involved parties were to call the validity of the information into question.”

Going on to mention that this “characteristic is referred to as repudiability,” which is a property whereby a statement’s claim or validity can be rejected, Block.one’s post explained that “two primary factors” could potentially “lead to this characteristic of repudiability.” According to Block.one, the “first factor is an authentication scheme that requires disclosure of a secret in order to validate the possession of that secret.”

For instance, “security schemes” such as “passwords” which are “subject to this factor,” make it “impossible to create logs of user activity that are verifiable by anyone other than the party and the counterparty,” Block.one’s blog stated. Moreover, the software publisher’s post noted that the “second factor is the lack of means to prove that the data within a system that actually represents the intent of the user,” which results in another issue, referred to as “The Blank Check”.

“The Blank Check” Problem

As mentioned in Block.one’s blog, the “Blank Check problem is present in any system that can take action on behalf of the user without needing the user’s explicit consent on that specific action.”

This same problem “is also present if the means of capturing the user’s consent is anything short of a log of proof that the user was informed of the implications of every individual action and explicitly consented to each action,” the software development firm wrote.

“Nothing Preventing Banks From Liquidating Or Locking User Funds”

From strictly a technical perspective, Block.one believes “there is nothing to prevent your bank from liquidating or locking your funds, and there would be no means of proving any wrongdoing, as the Bank could fabricate records of seemingly legitimate transactions. This would no doubt pose grave consequences that affect many stakeholders in a material way.”

These issues can be attributed to “the lack of provable auditable logs,” Block.one claims. It adds that technologies which “address this fundamental shortcoming” on existing platforms are not designed to be user-friendly.

According to Block.one, systems that “rely on passwords” for authentication and authorization are “subject to the Hearsay Problem and the Blank Check problem.” In order to provide robust security, while accurately determining whether a user should be allowed to access a system, Block.one proposes creating what they refer to as the “Pass Manager.”

Pass Manager: Ultimate Authentication And Authorization System?

As described in its blog post, Block.one noted that a Pass Manager could be implemented using “a blend of technologies [that could] work in tandem to produce superior security and usability for users, including cryptographic signing, hardware keys, and biometrics for credential security, as well as a transport-agnostic protocol for portability.”

Creating Non-Repudiable Logs

Going on to describe how an actual Pass Manager-enabled system would work, Block.one stated that “anytime a user’s consent is sought by a Pass Manager, human-friendly descriptions of the action should be shown to the user, and that description (or a cryptographically verifiable derivative of it) should be included in the signed response from the Pass Manager.”

The software publisher further noted that the “use of keys means that logs are non-repudiable and can be verified by third parties, and the inclusion of the human-friendly description in the signed response can serve as proof of the user’s intent. These characteristics solve both the Hearsay and Blank Check problems,” Block.one’s developers claim.

As explained, a Pass Manager-powered verification system would not require users to input passwords - which would arguably make the authentication and authorization process more secure.