Decentralized Storage is the Cornerstone to Support the Continuation of Human Civilization

Memo Labs
6 min readFeb 16


The development of human-being is driven by creativity, but the power of human destruction is equally strong.

People have recorded and passed on the accumulation of wisdom, knowledge, and experience through books for thousands of years. However, the activities of destroying civilization represented by burning books have never stopped. The Alexandria Library in ancient Egypt was destroyed several times and finally burned down. In ancient China, Qinshihuang (emperor of the Qin dynasty) and Qianlong (emperor of the Qing dynasty) both practiced large-scale book burning. In medieval Europe, the pope ordered the burning of Jewish books, and the Spaniards burned documents such as history, philosophy, mathematics, and astronomy that recorded Mayan culture, making it a mystery to this day.

In fact, books were burned far more than these, and countless cultural classics were forced to disappear into history. UNESCO has issued a research report listing billions of books that have been destroyed throughout human history. This kind of destruction of books hasn't only happened in ancient times, but also in modern times. More books and libraries were destroyed during World War II than at any other time in human history.

While human beings struggled to create civilizations, they burned many accumulated civilizations for a long time. Destroying books have become a shortcut to prevent the spread of dissident ideas and resist the development of the enemy due to the division of developmental goals between local groups. The development of civilization is a long process of gestation and inheritance from generation to generation, and the classics handed down are the tools and keys for future generations to explore the historical truth and unlock wisdom. Just imagine, would human beings look different today without these acts of destruction and accidents?

In addition to war, non-human destruction is also very powerful. “In 1764, a spark that accidentally jumped from a fireplace to the floor destroyed the Harvard Library. In 1972, an electric spark from a short-circuited pedestal fan destroyed the entire collection of the Temple University Law School library.”

For these man-made and non-man-made destructive factors, there is no good way to eliminate them before the emergence of digital solutions. The United Nations once issued a code of conduct to prevent the destruction of books, ancient books, and other civilization protection, but it’s unattainable.

Therefore, saving civilization requires creating another way of storing knowledge and information. Is there anything that humans cannot destroy? The blockchain-based decentralized technology already has a prototype that is not afraid of destruction in today’s digital age. Without a unified control center, you can never destroy a mature blockchain system; its nodes are scattered worldwide with violence.

Indestructible MEMO decentralized storage

The emergence of blockchain technology has injected new vitality into digital storage. This vitality has brought support and hopes to the continuation of civilization for storage based on the blockchain can enable books to strongly resist the destruction of war and naturalness. MEMO decentralized storage has improved and upgraded traditional blockchain storage. The characteristics of deep decentralization endow it with the characteristics of indestructibility and strong protection. The “light” system design makes the system more scalable and easy to use.

1. Deep dispersion

The most notable feature of decentralized storage is decentralization. In the layered system of MEMO decentralized storage, the blockchain layer, management layer, and edge storage layer were all realized in complete decentralization. Smart contracts are stored on the chain in a completely decentralized manner. The management layer is composed of the Keeper and the edge storage layer nodes composed of Provider is scattered all over the world. The large-scale edge storage layer is open to all ordinary users, whether it is a professional server, or idle storage devices, and is free to join.

This deeply decentralized state makes MEMO resistant to brute force attacks. Human wars and their damage in history are both localized and such local damage can not destroy the decentralized system. The network will be permanent, undisturbed, and indestructible only if the existence of the node and the three roles.

2. Strong protection

The road to the continuation of civilization is not smooth. Personal data is still at risk of loss, even if the infrastructure is intact in cloud storage and local storage. This is because there is an invisible enemy-cyber hacker in this Internet age. They do not destroy infrastructure, but use network technology to steal or destroy data and carry out damage invisibly. Traditional cloud storage is often hacked for their data is stored in a centralized manner.

In order to protect the data, MEMO decentralized storage achieves double dispersal of data. In addition to the node dispersal of the first article, it also adopts erasure code redundancy technology to store data in a segmented state. Erasure coding technology slices data and each node only store part of the data fragments, not the complete data. Even if a hacker cracks these data fragments, it is useless unless he cracks all the nodes that store the data.

In such a decentralized system, a hacker needs to know which nodes the data are stored in, then know the specific locations of these nodes, and attack them one by one if he wants to destroy all the nodes that store a piece of data. Similar to hacker attacks, sporadic local accidents such as fires, floods, earthquakes, and downtime will only damage a few of the nodes, and the failure of the data of a few nodes will not affect the integrity of the overall data, because MEMO’s original data recovery technology allows the data to be restored at the fastest speed when a few nodes fail. In addition, the public verification mechanism developed by the system and the checks and balances in the economic system can effectively prevent a small number of malicious nodes from doing evil. These technologies and measures have played a strong role in data protection so that individual users are not afraid of hacker attacks and accidental accidents.

3. Easy to expand

Everything in the future will be digitized, and many historical and contemporary classics will also be stored digitally. Cultural classics users have wide coverage and a high frequency of visits. Therefore, how to carry a vast amount of information while maintaining ease of use is a problem that needs to be solved in decentralized storage. Although the security of the original on-chain storage is high enough, the scalability and ease of use are also quite low, and some project systems are even “overwhelmed” due to overload.

In addition to the characteristics of deep decentralization, MEMO decentralized cloud storage is characterized by large-scale carrying capacity endowed by scalability and expansibility. The MEMO development team has adopted a “light” strategy for architecture design, and verification mechanism development to storage technology selection, in order to achieve low redundancy and low communication operation under the premise of ensuring safety overhead. Specifically, MEMO separates the storage layer from the traditional blockchain storage layer and sets up a relatively independent edge storage layer, which gets rid of the characteristics of high redundancy, high load, and low performance of the blockchain layer. The data does not need to be stored in each node, and the erasure code redundancy mode can greatly reduce storage space utilization. In terms of the verification mechanism, MEMO adopts the principle of probability spot check to minimize the communication overhead between nodes.

The design goal of MEMO decentralized cloud storage is to carry a 175ZB level of data. The “light” design strategy keeps the system convenient and allows more nodes to join and run easily. More and more new nodes joining will further deepen the degree of decentralization, because the more dispersed the nodes, the stronger the protection formed by the system. We call for most ordinary users to join the MEMO decentralized storage system and work together to make this data protection network more powerful and tight.

MEMO will become a large-scale, convenient information protection network, which supports the continuation of human civilization with this powerful network protection barrier.



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