Disclaimer: I am not sure if this is possible, but I would like to get the concept out there.
Most scientific research is currently funded, by government and private industries, some data is reliable, while some data we can not trust, and some data can go either way based on your personal views of who created the data. A research project’s results are only as good as the data that is collected during the experiment. What I am proposing is to create a new environment for true data that can be traced, while eliminating the financial and political burden on researchers.
If we can integrate ELK boards into scientific instruments, this will allow results to be published to the block chain directly. We will be able to determine who published the data first and we can guarantee those are the actual results the instrument created. The lab or researcher that produced the data can be paid through Ethereum and continue providing true data. This will allow researchers to concentrate on their task of producing results instead of “who will pay me for this work and my interpretation of the results a researcher entered themselves.” A community of scientist can then purchase the data to interpret the results knowing the who what when where and how of the data, and that it has not been skewed. It can also make the results more widely available for researchers across the world to interpret.
The idea is that we will get better data-sets, faster (since they are published as soon as the reading is taken), and remove political motivation from the equation (the entity funding the research can not choose the data the lab releases).
A great example would be climate change data we can remove the political and financial motivations of providing data that benefits the entity funding the experiment and get true data.
Another use case would be patient data, a lab can send the results to the patient and then the patient can send that data to any doctor they choose. The patient would also get the benefit of holding their own data (encrypted on the chain) instead of leaving it in the hands of Doctors and labs. The doctors and labs also benefit from not having to manage/store patient data and can concentrate on the patients health or the lab work requested. Lots of Doctors have retired or closed practices cause they do not want to handle IT.
This concept can create a shift in how we fund and process research. We can leave the job of obtaining the results to lab technicians, who will only want to produce more reliable data, while allowing the interpretation to a community that can specialize interpreting the data.
One major issue is tampering of the ELK/instrument, so the results published are skewed. Maybe some kind of checksum and sensor test can be added to the process and reported to the chain with the results.
This can also prevent researchers from publishing fake data, and save investors a lot of money.
The process will allow interpreters to break down exactly how the data was created and fine tune experiments and tests, since they have the machine data also. They maybe able to find a bug in a particular experiment/test and try a new approach since the data is coming from a standardized system that is fully traceable.
Please anyone feel free to offer ideas and possibilities.
Ideas on what instrument would be best to start with?
Experiments and industries that can benefit the most?
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