Matt Liston, ex-founder of blockchain predictive analytics platform Augur, has gone from litigating with peers to promoting a new cult. He named his brainchild "0xΩ" (Zero X Omega) and described it as a universal religious system based on blockchain principles. He modestly calls himself the Crypto-Messiah and hopes that the archaic world religions will accept his faith with benefit and pleasure.
The main feature of the new religion: like the blockchain, it is universal, all-encompassing, practically invulnerable and provides almost equal rights to all believers. What compares favorably with all other religions, with their division into priests-leaders and obedient flock, complex and often corrupt hierarchy, taboos and dogmas. Here, the voice of each parishioner is important and can be heard, used to express one's opinion, without the risk of getting lost in the crowd.
This is the beauty of the blockchain religion - it develops dynamically and provides the collection of information about its own problems with the subsequent search for solutions and easy transformation of itself. In theory, of course, because the Liston organization still has nothing but the first version of Fiery Paper, an analogue of holy scripture with the basic principles of religion. And a few enthusiastic supporters who are wondering what will come of it.
Zero X Omega will not compete with existing religions, but they could work together to improve the effectiveness of their work with their believers, Liston said. A simple example: people are more willing to donate not to abstract good deeds, but to concrete, detailed projects. And with the help of blockchain technology, it would be possible to more effectively disseminate and collect information about church programs, providing convenient feedback to parishioners.