I don’t know how possible this is but I just wanted to share this before it goes down into the void of lost thoughts.
Say we want to categorise human advancement as a project how feasible will it be to track this- the progress made by Scientists, Artists, etc. using SourceCred.
I watched a series Genius Season 1 which captures the life of Einstein and his work however one thing that stood out to me was one of his theories where he challenged Newton and got ridiculed for it but as it turned out he was right and a thought came to mind - Newtons Cred scores will start decaying.
Until that time, Newtons laws had been the governing standard of our understanding of Nature but if we look further back we find that even Newton depended on someones [Johannes Kepler - Wikipedia](https://Johannes Kepler) work to arrive at his and as a result influencing the likes of Euler who in turn made his own contributions so on and so forth leading us to our current level of understanding.
What do all these people have in common ? They pushed Humanity one step further and have been recognised for doing so.
How does SourceCred fit into all of this???
Great discoveries aren’t pulled from thin air - at least most times. There have been individuals who have contributed things as little as an equation or a contrary observation that have changed the course of history that are unknown and if these can be tracked and given cred scores then IMO SourceCred can be as a determinant in choosing Nobel Prize candidacy and better yet be able to directly trace individual contributions made by less recognised people leading to the Prize using the Cred scores.
This is all fantasy to me as certain limitations come to mind even while typing this like:
- Where do we even begin
- How far back can/do we go down the historical rabbithole
- How is Cred going to be measured and assigned
- Is it even possible to track non digital contributions- so far SourceCred works wonderfully with OSS and Discourse/Discord but how do we extend this ?
- How do we apply this to non measurable contributions like Literature and the works of other people that have helped humanity out in some way or the other ?
Finally it brings me to the hope that SourceCred can further evolve into something that be able to capture this contributions somehow someday.
Thanks for reading!