“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.„
Blockchain is a novel technology that first appeared in 1991 and introduced the concept of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to the world.
These DLTs have been largely known to the public since 2008 and are asociated with the launch of Bitcoin's whitepaper, which started an expansion of internet valuable developments mostly known as cryptocurrencies.
One decade later, DLTs are still evolving with multiple approaches. Diffrent usecases are being discovered and implemented with each iteration while also providing safe transactions and exchange of information through the immutable, indisputable aspect of these peer-2-peer DLTs.
Proof-of-Work (PoW) and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) are two of the most used consensus mechanisms based on mathematic formulas (algorithms) which is at the core of DLTs function. Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and the majority of other cryptocurrencies rely “on several algorithms to secure the coin„ or exchange of data between peers from unauthorized access. “Prominent among these algorithms is the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA).„
“The advent of quantum computing, however, suggests that this encryption safeguard may soon be broken„ by a sufficiently powerful quantum computer running Shors's / Grover's Algorithms.
Source: Breaking Bitcoin: ECDSA vs XMSS
“Those who dislike entertaining contradictory thoughts are unlikely to enrich their science with new ideas.„
QRL founder, Peter Waterland had a vision of a quantum resistant ledger which thru “tremendous amount of time and effort„ has transponded into reality on 26 June 2018.
“With the words, "The sleeper must awaken" and 34.679 KB of data, the first„ post-quantum (Genesis) “block was put into place„ and The Quantum Resistant Ledger was open to the public.
The QRL employs a NIST approved signature scheme called eXtended Merkle Signature Scheme (XMSS) which is hardened against a quantum computing attack making it superior to ECDSA.
Sources: From Scalpels to Qubits, The QRL blockchain: One year old!
“What seems today inconceivable will appear one day, from a higher stand point, quite simple and harmonious.„
The QRL project consists of a large and vibrant community and a dedicated team working hard to prepare for a post-quantum future.
Full Desktop (Windows, Mac, and Linux), Mobile (iOS, Android), and Hardware (Ledger Nano S/X) support
Weighted threshold multi-signature transactions
On-chain voting for governance
Full API and Documentation
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.„
The QRL Foundation is invested in research, development, education and partnerships which determined breakthrough discoveries for further enhancements to the QRL blockchain platform.
Geometry Labs in colaboration with QRL developers have released - lattice-algebra - “an elegant, high-performance post-quantum cryptography library„. The public open-source repository for python implementation is just another stone added to the foundation where “lattice-based proof-of-stake signatures, trustless cross-chain atomic swaps (QRL⇔BTC, QRL⇔ETH, etc), and 'lightning network' style payment channels„ are just a few possible implementations in the near future.
Source: Introducing lattice-algebra
“And as it is with all life so it is with science. We are always struggling from the relative to the absolute.„
Community developments for The Quantum Resistant Ledger
Little things we do, make us what we are..
“The best way to predict the future is to create it„
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant„
“The movement of technology is inexorable, and those who fail to heed the lessons of the past will be ground to dust by the oncoming future„
“Impossible problems require impossible solutions„
“Dum spiro spero„
“Stellar dust is all we are..„
“There's a certain gravity in the spaces we create„