We propose a new standard for time. We call it »AlphaTime« or »αt« for short. Now it is x13652a2.
Time is a beast. Countless approaches have emerged on PlanetEarth to tame it. Accurate time is essential to coordinate activities of humans, machines and organisations. The physical SiUnit of a "second" is well backed by a sophisticated SyStem of AtomicClock's, UnixTime, EpochTime EtCetera. NetworkTimeProtocol (NtpTla) can be used to distribute AtomicTime to billions (and soon trillions?) of connected devices. However, using time on a planetary or even galactic scale is a mess. TimeZone DateFormat LeapSecond DaylightSavingTime LeapYear turn the beauty of 9192631770 cycles of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom out of hindsight of the majority of people. The BitCoin PeerToPeer-NetWork as of αt1200000 exceeds the computational power of an ExaHash PerSecond. By appending a number of digits from the hash of latest BitCoin block we get additional ConFidence. ProofOfTime 'event x at t'. With AlphaTime we achieve at least: 'event x at t, and I can proof that I saw at least a hash of height h.