One giant leap for blockchain – two organizations team up to document human artifacts on the moon

TORONTO – Humans haven’t mastered space travel, but 413,000 pounds of our stuff has managed to pile up on the moon. That’s why TODAQ Financial and For All Moonkind are partnering up to map the moon and register all human items and sites using blockchain.

Michelle Hanlon, co-founder of For All Moonkind, said the moon is quickly becoming a hub for technological innovation, and that this activity should be registered to protect and celebrate it.

“Unlike similar sites on Earth that are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, sites on the moon which bear witness to unparalleled technological accomplishments are not protected or even recognized by international law,” she explained at AiDecentralized,where more than 500 blockchain and AI experts came together to discuss the two technologies and their relationship with each other.  “Creating an accountable register of human cultural artifacts and sites on the moon, is a first step towards documenting, protecting and celebrating our history before it is erased.”

The project stems from a concept drafted January 2018. It was included in a draft resolution for consideration by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Science and Technology Subcommittee. The subcommittee never reached a resolution on the matter and until recently, the idea was shelved.

TODAQ says they will be the architect of the system and will use the its baseline blockchain protocol TODA to build the registry titled “For All Moonkind Moon Register Powered by the TODA Protocol.” TODA Protocol’s co-author Toufi Saliba said he was surprised to see this concept emerge in these early days of blockchain technology.

“Conquering space has always been on the mind of humankind, it’s nice to see crypto getting there first using Toda Protocol, never consciously thought it would also be used for space during the design stage,” said Saliba, who hosted the event’s introductory keynote.

The CEO and co-founder of TODAQ, Hassan Khan, said this project will also lay the foundation for future societal interactions in space.

“We’re proud to support this initiative,” he said.

The two organizations cited several items on the moon that need to be protected and accounted for, including Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base, where the first human set foot on the Moon, as well as the sites in Mare Imbrium, where Luna 2, the first human object to reach another celestial body, impacted and later humanity’s first extraterrestrial remote-controlled robot rover, Lunokhod 1, explored freely.

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