…the Nerdy Way to Say “I Love You”
Typically, the names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, sometimes also the date of creation. The keys are thrown away, for example into a river, to symbolize unbreakable love for eternity.
Hold on, for eternity? Not only might this idea sound scary – depending on who your partner is – but it’s also technically impossible for a love lock to last forever, no matter how unbreakable it is.
Eduard-Albert Prinz and Geronimo-Noah Hirschal, the founders of Bitfantastic, have come up with a solution for this heartbreaking dilemma: Blockchain-based encrypted love locks.
It was meant as a gift idea for Valentine’s Day. While physical love locks might be romantic they also create litter and are treated as vandalism by most municipal authorities. Their removal costs time and money, and most importantly: They don’t actually last forever.
This is how it works
Sending a love message to the blockchain is easy to do in just a few steps.
Step 1: Go to myLoveLock.io and click on “click here” in the middle of the page. Enter your name and the name of your sweetheart. The names are not sent to the blockchain and can be deleted at any time.
Step 2: Craft your personal love message. This message will be encrypted with a one-time password and stored on the blockchain.
Only the creator will receive the password to decrypt the message. Without this password, nobody can read the message in clear text.
The message is private and personal, but it will be checked by artificial intelligence before it is sent to the blockchain. If the content breaks the rules, for example, if it’s offensive or racist, it will be deleted.
Once successfully checked, the encrypted message cannot be deleted anymore. So you better think about what you write. And don’t forget to use a spellchecker. Nothing would be more embarrassing than a grammar mistake in your Valentine’s Day message.
Step 3: Type in your email address, which will be needed for receiving the password. The email will also include a button with which you can share your love message to social networks, so your circle can witness your unbreakable love. Just in case you need that sort of external validation…
Step 4: It gets real: Store your message to the blockchain. You will have to pay a processing fee of 1€ – if your sweetheart is worth that much to you – and MyLovelock.io will send the transaction to the Ethereum blockchain.
Step 5: You will receive an email with a password to decrypt the message.
Refer to these guidelines here for a more detailed explanation of how it works.
It’s a nice idea – or shall I say a “lovely” idea. It’s also a good way to explain to people how blockchain technology works and to showcase its potential in a playful way.
Will the blockchain love lock really last for eternity? Who knows… but chances are it will last a lot longer than a padlock on a bridge.