DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, is looking to to investigate technologies for distributed consensus during a workshop “tentatively scheduled for February 14 and 15, 2019, in Arlington, VA.”
As stated in the five-page RFI released by the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), “of particular interest to DARPA are so-called ‘permissionless’ distributed consensus protocols.” Permissionless systems are described in the paper as protocols “where any individual may join in the computation.”
The report further indicates that while there is a “substantial amount” of research in the field, the federal agency is interested in “several, less-explored avenues of permissionless distributed consensus protocols.”
I20’s request for information covers three different topics – each of which is set to constitute a session at the agency’s workshop –the first of which is incentivizing distributed consensus protocols without the use of money. The document explains that “permissionless distributed protocols must incentivize various aspects of participation in the protocol,” noting Bitcoin (BTC) mining as an example system.
The first topic thus focuses on creating large-scale permissionless distributed consensus protocols without paying participants.
Source: Coin Telegraph