Remember those romantic ‘land titles to Moon plots’? No they are available on blockchain! Diana.Io offers decentralized registration of plots on the Moon. What makes this project unique is its most beautiful ideology. Digital Asset Live Editor-in-Chief talks with Jason Goo, Diana.Io Founder:
Q1: Let’s talk first about the ideology behind your project. In one sentence, what are you trying to achieve? What is you aim?
A1: The aim of the Diana project is to keep all citizens of the world from being marginalized in the space exploration and development roadmap, thus opening up equal opportunities for peace and wealth in space.
After it was confirmed that the Moon is the closest and most practically available place for mankind to make up for its scarce resources, concerns became high that certain countries or interest groups would claim preoccupation and monopolize the Moon’s resources.
The current civil lunar exploration competition is reminiscent of the past exploration of the New World in Western Europe.
Western Europe’s exploration of the New World, which began in earnest after the late 15th century, also found a new source of wealth: gold, silver, and spices.
The competition surrounding it sparked massacres and wars at a global level. Will mankind, standing before the starting line of civilian lunar exploration, learn a lesson from history or retrace its steps?
Diana seeks to break the cycle of history and lay the groundwork for all of mankind to jointly develop and use the resources of the Moon fairly as the main players.
Q2: You are presented as an anarchist at diana.io. To me, the whole project demonstrates a direct link from the cryptopunks of the 90s and early 00s to modern token anarchists. Would you agree?
A2: There are many different views of Anarchism, my anarchism starts with the original meaning of ‘without a ruler.’
So far, there has been no ruler for the universe. But in the future, there will be attempts to dominate space assets. Ahead of this, Diana intends to practice anarchism with regard to space assets.
In space, I dream of the creation of a society in which participants own space assets, not a particular country or institution. Therefore, all the participants become rulers.
Q3: You are also presented as an architect at diana.io. I presume this refers to being a system architect for the project. What exactly are you trying to build?
A3: There is a certain work that inspired Diana’s birth.
Robert Sheriff’s is a story surrounding the Moon’s fall to Earth. At first, it was a physical disaster, with earthquakes and massive tidal waves hitting land, but when it was confirmed that vast resources were buried in the crashed Moon, countries around the world began heading toward a massive global war in order to incorporate the Moon into their territory.
It harshly criticizes the selfish and cruel nature of man in the face of wealth and power, a group with endless greed attempting to take more limited resources, and the collective madness of giving legitimacy to one’s own interests and committing murder or partaking in war. It also clearly points out the fact that this type of human nature repeats itself throughout history.
This story was published 80 years ago, but it still predicts what will happen to the modern human race in the near future and calls for wise preparation. Historically, human collective struggles over shared resources have always been repeated, each time the bias of wealth has intensified and inequality has become serious.
I wanted to design a system to return the Moon, a common heritage of mankind, to mankind.
In designing Diana, I took a ‘Moon Shot Thinking’ approach. Currently the Moon is an object that no one can claim ownership of. It’s a common heritage for mankind. That is to say, it’s mine and yours together.
Diana aims to revolutionize the trust of collective ownership through the collective registration of the Moon. Thus, Diana defined the main problem of mankind as “returning the Moon, a common heritage of mankind, to mankind,” and created a “blockchain lunar registration system” as a way to address it.
Diana’s Moon registration system (currently at version 1.0)
- Partitioning the Moon into equal-area cells
- Creating unique blockchain-based addresses for each cell
- Constructing an intuitive, simple user interface for the general public to register where they want to be
- Blockchaining of the first extraterrestrial registry system
Q4: There are quite a few attempts to build blockchain based land cadastres, but the Moon cadaster… How will token holders claim their ownership?
A4: First, let me clarify the mission of the Diana project. Currently the Moon is an object that no one can claim ownership of. Diana doesn’t own the Moon, Diana doesn’t sell the Moon, Diana is offering registration services.
What Diana does is to create the necessary conditions that enable collective ownership according to the future acquisition of the register by recording citizens’ collective registrations in a Distributed Ledger.
In short, the Diana project is humanity’s first space asset civil movement. It is an event in human history that peacefully distributes the common assets of mankind without conflict.
Q5: How many tokens holders are there now? What countries are they from? What do you know about them?
A5: Diana was launched on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon (July 20, 2019). Although it has only been a few days since its launch, various countries have responded beyond our expectations.
The proportion of DIA holders by country is as follows:
- United States: 27%
- Germany: 19%
- South Korea: 15%
- United Kingdom: 9%
- Canada: 8%
- China: 8%
- India: 6%
- South Africa: 3%
- Denmark: 2%
- Japan: 1%
- Russia: 1%
- Hungary: 1%
- Italy: 1%
- Malta: 1%
Q6: Why do you use “noun.verb.noun” addresses (“diana.love.BTS, i.am.yourfather, and amstrong.land.Moon”) ?
A6: Since the Moon has no roads or buildings, the Moon registry uses a 3-word address algorithm. I have organized it into sentences (e.g., i.love.you) so that people can feel a friendliness about the address system and express their own feelings using the addresses.
Q7: Long before the advent of blockchain, US based Lunar Land Company was quite popular for selling plots on the Moon.
People would give away these title deeds as romantic presents, and I know that some Russian oligarchs purchased significant chunks of “Moon surface” through those certificates, in the hope that one day they may be converted real lunar mineral rights.
What is your attitude regarding other, non blockchain based celestial real estate agencies?
A7: Unfortunately, Moon-related ownership projects before Diana are not valid.
The stark difference between previous events and Diana’s campaign are as follows:
- Construction of a perfect and flawless lunar cadastral map (3,874,204,892 hexagonal cells, 3-word-address)
- Blockchaining of Moon registration
- Decentralization of Moon registration
Diana is mankind’s first space blockchain registration system based on blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
Blockchain technology is favored because of its secure, efficient handling of data, coupled with the ability to scale up to the performance requirements of the Moon registry as it grows in size.
It is a completely different starting point for registrants to be granted rights from the participating network, not from someone, by building a distributed registration network through collective partitioning. This is why Bitcoin is different from ordinary money, which led to the trust revolution. Diana is the pinnacle of trust revolution.