The Real Value Of Hive And Why It Has A Future
Many want to cast stones at Hive. There are an assortment of people who feel Hive has no future and will never go anywhere.
This simply is not the case. In fact, as we will see, this network is actually more powerful than many out there. Yes, it is true, the best technology does not always win. However, when it is radically different from all else that is taking place, we can see a major opportunity
Stripping Hive down to its bare essence reveals why it is at the core of Web 3.0.
So let us get started.
This is something we covered quite often so no need to go into all the details.
In Hive's case, it is more than 100.
Unlike Bitcoin, the base layer allows for more than the writing of financial transactions. Instead, people can store extended text in the different blocks. The best way to think about this is the Bitcoin ledger resembles a bank whereas Hive is more in line with most Web 2.0 applications. We can see data like social media giants Facebook, Medium, and Wikipedia.
Another key feature is the permissionless nature. Anyone can write to Hive as long as enough Resource Credits are available. Setting up databases on other blockchains means the incursion of transaction fees. This might not be a major issue for the establishment of the database but all ongoing activity will be affected.
"Free" To Utilize
Obviously we know nothing is free. There is a cost somewhere.
That said, Hive is free in the sense a library is free to utilize. There is no cost to the users.
An example of this is Podping. While there are likely some expenses associated with the operations, there is no cost for the database it is using on Hive.
If, for example, this was built on AWS, there would be a monthly expense for the servers. Instead, there is no fee since writing to Hive, once again, is dependent upon the Resource Credits.
Couple that with no transaction fees and we see how a service like Podping might not be feasible any other way. Even if it was, the cost would be greatly increased.
Ultimately, what we are dealing with are projects that provide utility yet are unowned. The data is meant to be used, freely, by others. In this sense it is a service for others. Podping provides updates of podcasting, without charge nor control, to applications that offer that broadcasts to their users.
Hive is open infrastructure that allows this to take place.
Who Controls The Data
A lot of the negatives we see regarding the Internet and digitization comes down to controlling of data. We know how the Mega-Tech compiles users data and monetizes it for their own gain. It is also understood how we are at the mercy of these entities when on their platform.
All of this stems, it appears, from the database. When we look at the power of Facebook, Google, and some of the others, they control the years of information garnered through the use of the applications. We also see how they also control the accounts.
Anyone that writes to Hive is not in control of the data. In fact, it is open for any other developer to tap into. Going back to the library, the books are free to anyone who wants to check them out. With Hive, the data is there for anyone to use.
Try that with Facebook.
People Don't Care...But They Do
Many like to say that people do not care. They will keep doing the same thing regardless of the negative consequences.
This is true to a point. However, history is littered with examples where we did not care, but then we did.
There was a time we did not mind manually rolling down the windows. Or standing in line at the bank to deposit our paycheck. Not too long ago, people were perfectly content to drive to the video store to rent a movie.
As we know, all of this is obsolete.
It might not be a case where people do not care. Instead, we might be facing a situation where they lack a viable alternative.
That does not mean, of course, that things will change overnight. It took a couple decades for electric windows to become the norm. Automatic deposits of checks was another area where embracing was slow. The same is true of video conferencing.
Yet, in spite of the time, we can see how the transition took place.
Incentivized "Free" Infrastructure
With Hive, each block producer is spending money on node to run the software. The reason one is willing to do this is the block rewards that are paid. As long as the incentive is in place, people will keep things running.
Naturally, there might be other motives in place. For many, running a node for the network isn't a major profit generator. In fact, many operate at a loss or just barely break even. Nevertheless, since those people have stake in the system, they do it. The payout comes from elsewhere.
From this foundation, we see the ability to develop Layer 2 games and applications. This can go in any direction. Hive provides a fast, feeless experience at the base layer. One only needs to acquire some stake to operate.
With smart contract capability starting to emerge, we can see how projects will be able to generate tokens, integrate DeFi features, and create ways to use the data that is being applied to Hive on a daily basis.
A lot of attention is still being paid to infrastructure. This is taking place at both the base and secondary layers. One of the keys is that Hive keeps scaling. We know this is something a lot of chains are having issues with.
The only barometer in this equation in my mind is growth. If Hive can continue to build out, we will see a growth rate that exceeds the costs being paid for all this infrastructure.
Once that happens, there is absolutely no reason to stop running things.
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