In the humanities and social sciences, trust is viewed as a natural disposition in humans, traceable to the neurobiological activity and structure of our brains. Trust plays a significant role in human society; for example, trust through commerce, or trust in our institutions. Indeed, there is even an esoteric philosophy on trust, as recorded here in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Through ingenious computer programming, trust also underpins the technological revolution underlying the Bitcoin blockchain. For many, Bitcoin technology is not easy to grasp, and to the extent that transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain are trust-minimizing, there is a substantive learning curve required to use the technology.

At its protocol layer (layer 1), Bitcoin has trust programmed into it that cannot be easily changed. The software is open source and viewable by all; however if you are not a computer scientist it still requires that you trust in the code. Further trust is then required to understand and learn how to use Bitcoin, requiring reliance on the product/service ecosystem (layers 2, 3, etc.) built around Bitcoin. It is in these ways that this upstart technology really begins to invite trust issues. This is particularly evident when viewing the thousands of other tokens (altcoins) on offer in the DLT ecosystem.

The purpose of Cryptohumanities is to highlight and educate on the various trust issues which we have come across over the course of our involvement in crypto. We strongly believe that it is only through knowledge and education that we can alleviate the trust issues of this trust-minimizing technology.