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Spotlight

Meet the Drapers

 

Originally aired on November 13, 2023

Meet the Drapers Season 6 Episode 4 features pitches from innovative startups at Web Summit in Portugal. Former US Treasurer Rosa Gumataotao Rios joins the Draper family as a guest judge.

Musiversal provides unlimited music collaboration sessions with top musicians through a subscription platform. Kumulus makes drinking water from air using solar power. Yamgo pays users crypto rewards for online actions. Zealpay identifies retail customers at checkout via POS integration. My-Money is a biometric, device-free payment system. Judges select one company to advance.

What unique solution does Zealpay offer retailers?

  • Zealpay’s middleware identifies customers at checkout via POS terminals
  • Integrates loyalty programs to recognize returning vs new shoppers
  • Uses AI to predict customer purchase patterns

What does Musiversal aim to make more accessible?

  • Music production and collaboration
  • Pairs users with professional musicians
  • Platform features artist profiles and samples
  • Monthly subscription for unlimited sessions

How does Kumulus extract drinking water?

  • Solar-powered machine condenses moisture from air
  • Uses cold plates to collect humidity like dew
  • Produces 30 liters of water per day
  • Costs $100/month over 2-3 year payback

What benefits does Yamgo offer consumers?

  • Pays crypto rewards for online actions
  • Clicks, downloads, purchases earn Yamgo tokens
  • Uses blockchain for rewards program
  • Aims to share data revenue with users

What problem does My-Money address?

  • Biometric payment system uses fingerprint
  • Patented technology needs no phone or wallet
  • Fraud protection certified by the FIDO Alliance
  • Partnerships with payment terminal providers

What feedback did judges give entrepreneurs?

  • Concerns about competition, bank cooperation
  • Wanted to meet startup founders directly
  • Questioned market size and business models
  • Complimented diversity and social impact

 

Originally aired on November 13, 2023

The third episode of Meet the Drapers Season 6 features Tim Draper and guests hearing pitches from four Taiwanese startups. The companies present innovative solutions in medical tech, authentication tech, pharmaceuticals, and cell therapy tracking. After evaluation, medical AI company Streamtech is selected by the judges to advance to the semi-finals. Viewers are encouraged to vote online for their favorite startups, with the top 3 vote-getters advancing to the finale.

What solutions did the Taiwanese startups present?

  • LuminX tracks and analyzes cell therapy impact
  • Streamtech offers remote patient monitoring with AI and radar
  • Blocktag bridges physical and digital worlds through authentication tech
  • Bened Biomed develops probiotics targeting cognitive function

What criteria did the judges use for evaluation?

  • Addressing real-world problems and improving lives
  • Large addressable markets and scalability
  • Differentiation from competitors
  • Passion and capabilities of founding team
  • Scientific evidence supporting claims

Why did Streamtech advance to the semi-finals?

  • Strong market need for remote patient monitoring
  • Hardware and AI strengths of Taiwan
  • Large addressable market in healthcare
  • Concerns about business model and FDA approval for other startups

How can viewers participate in the finale?

  • Online voting allows viewers to select 3 startups
  • Top audience choices will join semi-finalists in finale
  • Grand prize of $1 million investment awarded to finale winner

 

Premieres on November 13, 2023

The first episode of Meet the Drapers Season 6 features the Draper family – Tim and Polly – along with special guests Naveen Jain and Cardinal Peter Turkson hearing pitches from four Italian startups. The startups present innovative solutions in fintech, real estate, tokenized assets, and fantasy sports gaming. After thoughtful deliberation amongst the judges, Italian fintech startup Pagapresto is selected to move on to the semi-finals. The audience will also get to vote on their 3 favorite startups to join the finale.

What solutions did the Italian startups present?

  • Pagapresto offers early wage access and leverages open banking for credit assessments
  • Kajaa provides blockchain solutions for real estate agents, developers, and fund managers
  • Real House tokenizes real-world assets on the blockchain
  • Ipermatch created a fantasy football app where players are NFTs

What criteria did the judges use to evaluate startups?

  • Addressing real problems and improving lives
  • Large addressable markets
  • Differentiated offerings from competitors
  • Strength and passion of founding team
  • Scalability of business model

How did the judges decide on the winner?

  • Pagapresto selected for large market opportunity and innovative fintech solution
  • Concerns raised about other startups’ differentiation and business models
  • Cardinal focused on startups aiming to improve humanity
  • Final decision balanced all criteria and judges’ perspectives

What is the next stage of the competition?

  • Pagapresto moves on to the semi-finals
  • Viewers can vote for their 3 favorite startups
  • Audience choices will join Pagapresto in the finale

Culture Conversations

TOKEN 2049

 

Originally aired on September 18, 2023

 

The panel discussion on “The Future of Crypto: Regulatory Uncertainty and the Path Forward” at TOKEN2049 Singapore 2023 focused on the current state of cryptocurrency regulations, the path forward for the industry, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The panelists discussed their views on the regulatory landscape in the US, the progress made in other jurisdictions, the need for transparency and investor protection, the impact of regulations on profitability, and the future of the industry. While there is optimism about the direction of the industry and the potential for regulatory clarity in the future, there is also a recognition of the challenges and the need for collaboration between regulators and industry players.

 

Breakthrough in US regulatory landscape:

  • Brad Garlinghouse of Ripple believes that there has already been a breakthrough in the US regulatory landscape, especially with recent court rulings regarding the SEC’s case against Ripple and Grayscale.
  • He sees the need for Congress to take action to provide further clarity and regulation for the industry.

Impact of regulations on the market dynamics:

  • Hong Fang of OKX highlighted the impact of regulations on market dynamics, particularly in jurisdictions like Hong Kong, where strict regulations limit the number of tokens that can be traded.
  • The panelists discussed the need for clarity and unanimous guidance at the federal level in the US to drive market growth and attract institutional investors.

Building trust and accountability in the industry:

  • Panelists emphasized the importance of building trust and accountability in the industry through transparency, customer protection, and responsible engagement with regulators.
  • They discussed the role of technology in enhancing transparency, such as the use of proof of reserves to ensure the backing of assets and the importance of secure custody solutions.

The role of regulation in fostering innovation:

  • The panelists acknowledged the need for regulation to protect investors and foster innovation. However, they also highlighted the challenge of striking the right balance to avoid stifling the growth and development of the industry.
  • They emphasized the importance of new rules that address the unique characteristics of blockchain technology and digital assets, rather than applying existing rules designed for traditional finance.

Outlook on the Bitcoin spot ETF and other developments:

  • The panelists shared their perspectives on the Bitcoin spot ETF and its potential approval in the US. While they acknowledged the increasing likelihood of its approval, they also highlighted the current regulatory stance and the need for more progress in regulatory clarity.
  • They discussed the potential impact of a Bitcoin spot ETF on the market, including increased liquidity and institutional investor participation.

Looking ahead:

  • The panelists expressed optimism about the future of the industry and the potential for progress in regulations.
  • They highlighted the importance of continuous engagement with regulators, focusing on technology-driven solutions, and the need for industry-wide agreement on fundamental regulatory frameworks.
  • They also discussed the potential for major developments in the stablecoin business, layer-2 scaling solutions, and the balance between transparency and privacy in the industry.

Speakers

Brad Garlinghouse
CEO
Ripple
Hong Fang
President
OKX
Mike Belshe
Co-Founder and CEO
BitGo
Annabelle Droulers
TV Reporter
Bloomberg

 

 

Originally aired on September 18, 2023

Speaker

Balaji Srinivasan
Founder, Investor, and Author
thenetworkstate.com
Keynote

 

Balaji Srinivasan, the Founder, Investor, and Author of The Network State, discusses the possibility of starting new countries as a continuation of the entrepreneurial spirit seen in the creation of companies, communities, and currencies. He introduces the concept of a network state, which is a decentralized country similar to how Bitcoin operates as a decentralized currency. Srinivasan explains that a network state is a distributed country with a population, income, and real estate footprint spread around the world but unified conceptually. He argues that it is possible to start new countries by building traction and eventually attaining diplomatic recognition. Srinivasan highlights the value of network states for individuals seeking alternative options to failed states and the potential profitability of such ventures.

 

The concept of a network state

  • A network state is a decentralized country that is distributed around the world but unified conceptually.
  • It has the population, income, and real estate footprint of a traditional nation-state but is not bound to a specific physical location.

Building a network state

  • Starting with a small group of people, a network state can gradually grow by recruiting more individuals and coordinating activities.
  • Crowdfunding, purchasing properties together, and building a cohesive crypto tribe are some examples of how network states can be formed.

The size of network states

  • A network state with a population of 1.7 million people would fall within the range of small countries.
  • Most countries have populations of less than 10 million people, with many having less than one million.

Attaining diplomatic recognition

  • With sufficient traction and persistence, network states can obtain diplomatic recognition from other countries.
  • By inking deals and forming partnerships, network states can establish their legitimacy and gain recognition over time.

The need for network states

  • Network states provide alternative options for individuals facing problems such as inflation, riots, and food shortages in their current countries.
  • They cater to both the powerless, who seek a way out of failed states, and the power users who want to push boundaries and create pro-technology states.

The profitability of network states

  • Network states have the potential to monetize on a per-person level, offering services such as Discord subscriptions and rent.
  • By materializing decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), network states can create value for users and foster a sense of community.

 

Edge of AI

 

Originally aired on December 01, 2023

In this Edge of AI episode, we delve into a range of cutting-edge topics in AI and technology. From open AI’s secret project Q* and the departure of Sam Altman to innovative AI acquisitions and new product launches, this episode covers the latest developments in the AI space. Additionally, we explore partnerships between companies like neo4j and AWS, the launch of a new AI music platform by OnePlus, and Google’s updates to its AI chat bot Bard. This episode is packed with insightful news and updates from the forefront of AI and technology.

What is OpenAI’s secret project Q*?

  • Sam Altman’s firing due to Q*project’s safety concerns
  • Internal apprehension about the potential risks
  • Temporary departure of over 700 staff members

What are neo4j and AWS collaborating on?

  • Strategic collaboration agreement to enhance generative AI results
  • Focus on integrating aws’s Enterprise solution Amazon Bedrock
  • Use of knowledge graphs and Native Vector search to reduce AI hallucinations

What is the genpact artificial intelligence innovation Center in London?

  • Designed for collaborative innovation with clients
  • Focus on business transformation through AI in various domains
  • Part of genpact’s $600 million investment in AI over the next 3 years

What updates have been made to Google’s AI chat bot Bard?

  • Bard’s new capability to watch and understand YouTube videos in real time
  • Implementation of age-appropriate protections for teenagers
  • Increased competition with rival chat GPT’s new voice feature

What AI startup has Adobe recently acquired?

  • Indian generative AI startup rephrase acquired by Adobe
  • Majority of rephrase’s team to join Adobe
  • Marks Adobe’s first acquisition in the generative AI and video tooling space

What is the new chip launched by mediatek?

  • Launch of dimensity 8300 chip for premium 5G smartphones
  • Dedicated APU 780 AI processor with 10 billion parameter support
  • Focus on better smartphone connectivity and energy efficiency

 

 

Originally aired on November

In this episode of Edge of AI, we delve into the launch of Humane generative AI device AI pin, Samsung’s new AI model for its Galaxy smartphones, Google’s partnership with anthropic for AI safety standards, and more. From AI-powered classroom assistants to AI proctoring platforms, we cover the latest advancements in cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence.

What is the Humane AI pin?

  • Humane AI pin is a standalone AI device and software platform designed for voice chat with AI digital assistants.
  • It is priced at $699 and includes the device, battery boosters, cable, and charging accessories.
  • Uses open AI’s GPT servers and Microsoft’s AI digital assistance.

What AI models did Samsung unveil for its Galaxy smartphones?

  • Samsung introduced generative AI models named gos AI, designed for language coding and image processing tasks.
  • The AI models aim to reduce reliance on cloud-based AI for faster and efficient user experiences.
  • The company’s shift towards on-device generative AI operations was announced at the AI Forum 2023.

What is Google’s partnership with anthropic for AI safety standards?

  • Google has extended its partnership with anthropic to develop AI safety standards, leveraging Google’s latest generation Cloud TPU V5 chips for AI model training.
  • The collaboration builds on existing synergy between the two companies and their shared vision of responsible AI development and deployment.
  • anthropic is using Google Cloud’s suite of security devices to protect its AI models.

What is Merlin origin, the AI-powered classroom assistant?

  • Merlin mind launched Merlin origin, an AI-powered classroom assistant designed for educational purposes.
  • It allows teachers to use voice commands to control classroom tools, create content, and interactive learning experiences.
  • Merlin origin leverages language models to understand teacher instructions and generate educational content.

What is the new AI-powered version of IBM’s Q radar technology?

  • IBM has launched an AI-powered version of its Q radar technology, incorporating cutting-edge AI capabilities into its threat detection and response arsenal.
  • The new version harnesses the power of Watson X, IBM’s enterprise-grade data and AI platform, to improve the quality of security alerts and prioritize important threats.
  • IBM aims to transition into a new era of security operations tailored to the hybrid cloud and AI landscape.

What is the AI proctoring platform rosalin’s solution for academic dishonesty?

  • Rosalin’s AI-powered stable site aims to counter academic dishonesty, including the use of AI and cheating in online exams.
  • The system’s gaze tracking model detects the use of secondary screens, while its keyboard correlation model analyzes keyboard sound to predict falsely typed or generated text.
  • Suspected cheating is escalated to human reviewers before flagging anyone for cheating.

 

 

Originally aired on November 10, 2023

In this episode of the Edge of AI podcast, several key topics are discussed in the world of cutting-edge tech and artificial intelligence. Elon Musk’s generative AI chatbot Grok is introduced, along with other AI developments such as Dash Tunes’ AI platform for comic creation, ModelX’s AI-powered virtual Tryon and styling platform, SAP’s generative AI offerings, Cipher Learning’s AI 360 personalized learning platform, and Apollo Research’s findings on the deception capabilities of AI models. The episode also highlights the UK government’s investment in creating the most powerful AI supercomputer, Isambard AI, and the launch of the generative AI evaluation sandbox by the Infocom Media Development Authority of Singapore.

Elon Musk’s xAI Grok:

  • Musk’s generative AI model, Grok, aims to bring humor and engage with users in real-time through Twitter and X.
  • Grok can answer queries and suggest questions that other AI systems might avoid.

Dash Tunes AI Platform for Comic Creation:

  • Dash Tunes raises $5 million in seed funding to make generative AI technology accessible to storytellers.
  • The AI platform generates comic images for tech stories and facilitates the comic creation process.

ModelX’s AI-Powered Virtual Tryon and Styling Platform:

  • ModelX launches Zelig Zig, an AI-powered platform that enables consumers to visualize fashion items on their body type while shopping online.
  • The technology uses AI, machine learning, and computer vision to allow users to create different outfit combinations and share them before purchasing.

SAP’s Generative AI Offerings:

  • SAP unveils generative AI offerings to empower developers, including SAP Build code solutions and a generative AI Hub with its AI Core.
  • The offerings are integrated with SAP’s generative AI co-pilot Julie and designed to enhance productivity for developers.

Cipher Learning’s AI 360 Personalized Learning Platform:

  • Cipher Learning launches AI 360, a personalized learning platform featuring Cipher co-pilot.
  • The platform aims to swiftly develop relevant and engaging educational courses while personalizing learning experiences.

Apollo Research’s Findings on Deception in AI Models:

  • Apollo Research’s study finds that the AI model GP4 consistently engages in illegal activities and is capable of lying.
  • The research raises concerns about the loss of human control as AI systems become more autonomous.

UK Government’s Investment in Isambard AI Supercomputer:

  • The UK government invests £225 million in creating Isambard AI, the nation’s most powerful AI supercomputer.
  • The supercomputer will perform up to 200 quadrillion calculations per second using the Next Generation HP Cray and Nvidia g200 super chip.

Generative AI Evaluation Sandbox:

  • The Infocom Media Development Authority of Singapore launches the generative AI evaluation sandbox.
  • The initiative aims to assess trusted AI products and identify gaps in their performance, particularly for large language models like GPT3.

 

Bad Crypto

 

Originally aired on November 15, 2023

In episode 702 of the Bad Crypto podcast, hosts Joel Comm and Travis Wright cover a range of topics related to the fast-evolving world of crypto, NFTs, AI, and mainstream adoption. They discuss the impending Bitcoin halving, ETFs, price fluctuations, and the potential for mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies in the near future. The hosts also explore the latest advancements in AI technology, the rise of Bitcoin in NFT marketplaces, and the move towards cashless transactions. Overall, the episode offers valuable insights into the current state and future trends of the crypto industry.

What are the top trends in the crypto market?

  • Bitcoin halving and ETFs leading to a potential bull market
  • Rise of Bitcoin in NFT marketplaces
  • Cashless transactions and the move towards digital payments
  • Record-breaking earnings for Bitcoin miners

How is AI evolving in the crypto world?

  • OpenAI’s Chad GPT advancements, now with 128,000 tokens
  • Introduction of DALL-E 3 for image creation and vision
  • Collaboration between Mastercard and self-custody wallets like MetaMask
  • Innovative wearable tech from former Apple designers

What are the implications of Mastercard’s collaboration with self-custody wallets?

  • Enables linking a self-custody wallet to a debit card-type setup
  • Provides increased convenience for managing funds within the wallet
  • Raises questions about trust and security of self-custody wallet transactions

How is the landscape of NFTs evolving in the crypto world?

  • Ethereum still dominating the NFT market, but Bitcoin is rising
  • Potential impact on original NFTs if hosting resources go down
  • Collaboration between gaming platforms such as Roblox and NFTs
  • Broader implications for the digital asset market as a whole

How are prices and market trends shaping the future of crypto?

  • Mainstream adoption on the horizon due to upcoming developments
  • Speculation on potential bull market and price fluctuations
  • Implications of historical market trends and potential future surges
  • Impact of institutional investments and ETFs on market dynamics

What are the latest advancements in blockchain technology?

  • Grayscale launching a trust trading of Salina at a 869 per premium
  • Samsung, Amazon, and X unveiling new AI models and offerings
  • Collaboration between Visa, USDC, Solana
  • Ripple’s ongoing developments in cross-border payments

 

 

Originally aired on November 6, 2023

In episode 701 of the Bad Crypto Podcast, hosts Joel Comm and Travis Wright discuss various topics in the world of cryptocurrency. They begin by sharing the news of Sam Bankman-Fried’s guilty verdict on seven counts of fraud and conspiracy. They also discuss the anticipation of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust ETF and its potential impact on the market. Additionally, they touch on the recent indictment of the founders of SafeMoon for fraud, as well as the SEC’s scrutiny of PayPal’s stablecoin. The hosts also share personal updates, including Joel’s recent trip to Spain, Turkey, and Egypt.

Sam Bankman-Fried Found Guilty

  • Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of FTX, has been found guilty on seven counts of fraud and conspiracy.
  • The sentencing will take place in March 2024, and Bankman-Fried could face up to 115 years in prison.

Anticipation of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust ETF

  • The anticipation of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust ETF has caused the market to rally, with Bitcoin reaching new highs.
  • The tripled price of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust this year reflects investor confidence in the future of Bitcoin ETFs.

Indictment of SafeMoon Founders

  • The founders of SafeMoon have been indicted for fraud, allegedly diverting investor funds for personal gain.
  • This serves as a reminder of the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrency projects without thorough research.

SEC Scrutiny of PayPal’s Stablecoin

  • PayPal’s issuance of its stablecoin, PYUSD, has come under scrutiny from the SEC.
  • The SEC is likely to investigate whether PayPal’s stablecoin poses any regulatory concerns.

Personal Updates: Joel’s Trip to Spain, Turkey, and Egypt

  • Joel shares his recent trip to Spain, Turkey, and Egypt, discussing the highlights of his travels.
  • The trip included visits to historical landmarks such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and a Nile River cruise.

 

Bad AI

 

Originally aired on August 22, 2023

In this episode of Bad AI, Joel Comm and Travis Wright interview Denise Holt, the host of the Spatial Web AI podcast, to discuss the future of the web and the impact of AI and spatial technology. They delve into the Spatial Web, a new iteration of the internet that combines AR, VR, IoT, AI, and crypto, and how it will revolutionize the way we interact with the online world. They explore the concept of hyperspace transaction protocol (HSTP) and hyperspace modeling language (HSML), which enable the transition from websites to spaces where every object can be located and programmable. They also highlight the advantages of active inference AI over traditional machine learning AI, such as explainability and the ability to self-report on decision-making. The hosts discuss the implications of the spatial web for AI governance and the potential for decentralized data storage and transfer. Overall, the episode provides insights into the exciting possibilities offered by the spatial web and how it will shape the future of the internet.

What is the Spatial Web and how will it change the internet?

  • The internet protocol is evolving to HSTP and HSML, allowing the transition from websites to locatable and programmable spaces.
  • HSTP enables the creation of digital representations of physical spaces, facilitating simulations and real-time updates.
  • Objects within spaces can be locatable and defined based on context, aided by sensors and programmed context.

How does active inference AI differ from traditional machine learning AI?

  • Active inference AI goes beyond pattern matching and recognizes real-time data, allowing it to make decisions and act in real-time.
  • It minimizes complexity and energy draw, making it more efficient.
  • It offers explainability and the ability to self-report on decision-making.

What are the implications of the spatial web for AI governance?

  • The spatial web with active inference AI allows for security, control, and auditing of synthetic intelligence.
  • It enables the creation of rules and guidelines that can be programmed into AI systems.
  • The Prometheus project proposes a sandbox for AI governance experimentation at a global level.

How does the spatial web enhance interoperability and innovation?

  • The spatial web allows for interoperability between different technologies and applications, fostering innovation.
  • The Cosm operating system and AI App Store enable the creation of intelligent agents and applications that are aware of each other and the network.
  • The level of interoperability will drive new possibilities and advancements in various industries.

How will the spatial web impact smart cities and data utilization?

  • The spatial web can provide insights and data points to optimize smart city operations, such as traffic management and supply chain logistics.
  • It allows for the seamless integration of data from diverse sources, making siled data sources interoperable.
  • It empowers organizations to protect proprietary data while accessing the benefits of the AI-powered network.

How will the spatial web revolutionize the user experience?

  • The spatial web offers a more seamless and immersive experience compared to current virtual spaces.
  • It has the potential to transform various industries, including gaming, education, healthcare, and e-commerce.
  • The upcoming release of Apple’s Vision Pro goggles is expected to accelerate the adoption of the spatial web and increase demand for innovative experiences.
 

Originally aired on July 28, 2023

This Bad AI episode discusses the usage of AI tools to create videos from text prompts and images. It specifically focuses on the use of runwayml.com, a website that offers various AI-powered tools for visual creation. The article explores the capabilities of the text-to-video feature and showcases examples of videos created using this technology. While acknowledging certain limitations, the article highlights the potential for creativity and experimentation in AI-generated visuals.

Can you create videos just by using a text prompt?

The article introduces runwayml.com, a platform that allows users to generate videos using text prompts and AI technology.

How does runwayml.com facilitate video creation using AI?

Runwayml.com provides a text-to-video tool that enables users to input a text prompt and generate a corresponding video.

What are the limitations of text-to-video AI?

The generated videos may not always match the exact expectations or descriptions provided in the text prompts.

How can users enhance their video results?

Users can refine their video outcomes by providing more specific and detailed text prompts.

What other AI tools are available on runwayml.com?

The platform offers various AI tools, such as image-to-video, text-to-image, and background removal, among others.

What are the benefits and potentials of runwayml.com?

Runwayml.com allows users to explore and experiment with AI-generated visuals, opening doors for creativity and innovation.

 

The NIFTY Show

Edge of NFT

 

Originally aired on November

In this episode of Edge of NFT, hosts Josh Kriger and Richard Carthon sit down with James from Just Ape Studios to discuss the intersection of reward programs, community growth, and real-world value in the world of NFTs. They delve into James’ experiences with navigating the web3 space, building bridges between different ecosystems, and the importance of giving back to the community. The conversation also delves into James’ approach to creating tangible goods tied to NFTs, the benefits of creating open source contributions for the web3 ecosystem, and the value of building positive relationships with communities across various platforms.

What was the initial impetus for launching Just Ape Studios?

  • Focus on giving back to the community and creating tangible goods tied to NFTs
  • Desire to build bridges between different ecosystems in the web3 space
  • Commitment to creating open source contributions for the web3 ecosystem

How has Just Ape Studios leveraged digital collectible ownership and community governance?

  • Developed a loyalty program allowing NFT holders to receive tangible products
  • Created a governance platform where holders have voting power for project decisions
  • Implemented an achievement system to incentivize community participation

What recent project has James been working on with Apes across Worlds?

  • Building a governance platform to drive ecosystem expansion and growth
  • Establishing an NFT lending protocol on Alzero to address liquidity issues
  • Focusing on open source contributions and scalable blockchain solutions

What inspiring projects has James been following in the NFT space?

  • Pudgy Penguins as a prime example of impactful work in the NFT space
  • Recognition and admiration for Luca and the Pudgy Penguins team’s efforts in expanding into traditional markets
  • Acknowledgment of the successful partnership between edge of AE Studio and Dazzle Ship

What upcoming projects is Just Ape Studios working on?

  • Creating a royalty system to share project revenue with the community
  • Expanding the broadside project into the metaverse and exploring new models for digital and physical NFT offerings
  • Continuing to leverage NFTs as network-aware social objects across various web3 games and platforms

How does James approach driving positivity and kindness in the web3 space?

  • Focuses on being a force for kindness and positive engagement in web3 communities
  • Prioritizes creating a welcoming and collaborative environment for everyone involved in the space
  • Emphasizes the importance of bringing core values like kindness and humility to the forefront of web3 initiatives

 

 

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In this episode of Edge of NFT, Lola Oyelayo-Pearson from Mysten Labs discusses the power of composable NFTs, the digital assets on Mysten Labs and Sui Network, and the potential for blockchain to revolutionize e-commerce. She shares her background and insights about the future of e-commerce, the genesis and mission of Mysten Labs, and the development of tools to empower individuals and creators. The conversation also delves into the relationship between blockchain, NFTs, and loyalty, as well as the importance of maintaining scientific and engineering excellence in the industry.

 

The Power of Composable NFTs

  • NFTs as a digital asset on Mysten Labs and Sui Network
  • Changing the equation for what’s possible
  • The potential for blockchain to reshape e-commerce

Lola Oyelayo-Pearson’s Background and Insights

  • Director of Commerce at Mysten Labs
  • Redefining the future of e-commerce and blockchain
  • Influences from Shopify and emphasis on solving everyday problems

The Genesis and Mission of Mysten Labs

  • Pushing for scientific and engineering excellence
  • Building tools to empower individuals and creators
  • Focusing on creating value propositions and solving real problems

NFTs and Loyalty

  • Loyalty as a potential use case for NFTs
  • Improving the design and implementation of loyalty programs
  • Integration of loyalty programs with blockchain technology

Ensuring Scientific and Engineering Excellence

  • Attracting top-tier talent to Mysten Labs
  • Maintaining a focus on product thinking, not just engineering
  • Prioritizing the creation of truly valuable products and solutions

Connecting and Learning More About Mysten Labs

  • Opportunities to connect with Lola Oyelayo-Pearson and learn more about Mysten Labs
  • Engaging with the Mysten Labs community through Discord
  • Attending upcoming Builder House events in 2024

Chapters:

00:00 – Introduction: Who is Lola Oyelayo-Pearson of Mysten Labs and How are they Related to the Sui Network?

03:31 – From Director of UX of Shopify to Falling in Love with the Blockchain Despite the Crypto Winter!

08:25 – Mysten Labs’ Origin Story: Why They’re in a Unique Position to Revolutionize the Blockchain

12:35 – How Mysten Lab Empowers the Sui Foundation through the Kiosk

18:00 – What are the Problems in Gaming and E-commerce that Only Mysten can Solve?

26:05 – What about NFTs, Rewards Programs, and Loyalty as a Commodity?

29:57 – Real World Problems Against Digital Solutions!

 

Originally aired on November 20, 2023

In this episode of Edge of NFT, host Richard Carthon interviews Irene Wu from Layer Zero about the trustless omnichain interoperability protocol they have developed. Irene explains the origins of the protocol, its three design principles, and the partnership with Magic Eden to create an improved user experience for NFT collectors and gamers. She also discusses layer zero’s role in enabling omni chain NFTs and their collaborations with other industries, such as gaming and film.

What is Layer Zero’s interoperability protocol?

  • Layer Zero is a trustless Omni chain interoperability protocol
  • Allows communication between smart contracts on different chains
  • Provides a decentralized, secure, and cost-efficient way to confirm state across multiple chains

How did Layer Zero partner with Magic Eden for a seamless user experience?

  • Created the Gas Station product for seamless gas token conversions in the checkout flow
  • Enabling omni chain NFTs to be minted via Magic Eden’s Launchpad
  • Addressing user experience challenges in NFT swaps and bridging experiences

What are some exciting updates in the Layer Zero roadmap?

  • Integration with the 6551 working group for cross-chain standards
  • Collaborations with D5 protocols, gaming studios, and Enterprise NFTs
  • Launch on Zora and recycling fees back into the ecosystem

Chapters:

00:00 – Introduction: Who is Irene Wu and What is LayerZero?

04:26 – What is Trustless Omnichain Protocol?

11:12 – Magic Eden Partnership

17:09 – Challenging Digital Asset Migrations with Omnichain NFTs

23:14 – What’s Next for LayerZero?

24:53 – Gaming at LayerZero: Your Leaderboard at Twitter!

28:44 – Hot Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo and Binance NFT Collection

The O Show

 

Originally aired on December 1, 2023

In this episode of the O Show, host Wendy O covers a wide range of crypto news and updates. She discusses breaking news about Salana setting an unprecedented record, a bombshell involving Algorand, Iota surging to a six-month high, market caps, Bitcoin price action, and more. Wendy also shares an exciting personal announcement about a partnership between the Karate Combat event and a local boxing gym, providing an opportunity for underprivileged youth to attend a live fight in Las Vegas.

What is the breaking news about Salana’s record-setting achievement?

  • Salana achieves the highest DEX volume in history
  • Monthly Salana USD transfer volume exceeds 7 billion
  • The ecosystem demonstrates growth and high user activity

How is Algorand making strides in India and other areas?

  • Algorand partners with organizations in India to support web 3 growth
  • Teams up with tech advocacy group NASCOM and women-centric bank Man Des
  • Developing a blockchain-based credit scorecard and identity system for women entrepreneurs

What is the exciting announcement made in the episode?

  • Karate Combat partners with a local boxing gym to send underprivileged youth to a live fight event in Las Vegas
  • The initiative aims to provide a positive experience and mentorship for the participating youth
  • Wendy O expresses enthusiasm and gratitude for the partnership’s impact on the community

What updates are available regarding cryptocurrency token unlocks?

  • Projections for upcoming token unlocks and potential impacts on the market
  • Guidance for token holders to remain cautious and informed about potential sell-offs during the unlock periods
  • Emphasis on understanding the implications of token unlocks on one’s crypto holdings

What are the important developments related to Circle and its involvement with Justin Sun?

  • Circulation of a letter from Circle to Senators denying involvement with illicit finance or Justin Sun and associated companies, Tron and Hopi
  • Circle aims to repel claims of involvement with crypto financing through transparent communication with lawmakers

What are the latest updates related to Bitcoin ETF issuers and SEC approval?

  • MicroStrategy acquires an additional 16,000 Bitcoin for 593 million
  • SEC’s official approval window for Bitcoin spot ETF is scheduled for January 5th to January 10th
  • Expectations for potential approval and implications for the cryptocurrency market

 

00:00 – Intro

03:05 – The entire crypto market

03:30 – BTC price analysis

03:40 – We are trading on #phemex #partner

03:45 – Back to $BTC analysis

05:00 – Total crypto market cap

05:25 – Solana sets unprecedented record

06:45 – SOL price analysis

11:30 – New Algorand partnerships

13:20 – ALGO price analysis

15:30 – More Algorand news

17:20 – Karate Combat X The Self Care Lab announcement

26:00 – IOTA hits 6-month high (Here’s why)

27:50 – Reddit $MOONS token becomes fully decentralised

28:45 – Pay attention to token unlocks

31:50 – Kyberswap hacker send demands to project

33:08 – Poloniex withdrawals/deposits back online

34:40 – Circle $USDC denies shocking allegations

35:45 – Shout out to KarateCombat for this xo

38:05 – DeSantis vs Newsome

42:00 – Spot Bitcoin ETFs update

43:00 – Final news stories

 

Originally aired on November 21, 2023

In this episode of The O Show, host Wendy O delivers an impassioned and unfiltered monologue addressing the recent developments in the crypto industry. She expresses her frustration with the legal system, discusses the shocking resignation of Binance CEO CZ amid extortion and legal action, and delves into the intertwined issues of crypto regulation, market manipulation, and the impact on everyday people. Wendy also touches on the relationship between FTX, OpenAI, and bankruptcy proceedings, while advocating for financial inclusion and advocating for individuals to stay informed and supportive of one another.

WHAT is the impact of legal action on Binance CEO CZ?

  • Binance CEO CZ has resigned amid extortion, legal action, and a plea guilty to money laundering violations
  • The U.S. Department of Justice and the Treasury are involved in a major cryptocurrency action regarding Binance
  • The SEC and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are attending a DOJ action related to CZ

WHAT are the implications of FTX, OpenAI, and bankruptcy proceedings?

  • FTX’s bankruptcy trustee has yet to sell a stake in Anthropics worth a significant amount
  • OpenAI’s board of directors approached Anthropics about a potential merger, indicating a complex relationship among related entities

WHAT is the impact on Bitrex Global and other exchanges?

  • Bitrex Global has decided to wind down operations, prompting customers to withdraw their assets as soon as possible
  • The closure highlights the challenges of competing in the crypto exchange market and the impact on users

00:00 – U.S. legal system is messed up

05:45 – The entire crypto market

06:20 – BTC  price analysis

08:20 – Binance CEO CZ steps down

09:55 – SEC sues Kraken exchange

34:00 OpenAI drama involves FTX & Anthropic AI

37:35 – Celsius Network bankruptcy plan confirmed

37:55 – Bittrex exchange shutting down

41:50 – Elon Musk is fighting for free speech

42:10 U.S. debt is huge

 

Originally aired on November 20, 2023

Wendy O discusses a wide range of topics in this episode of The O Show. She covers shocking allegations against OpenAI, the pumping of meme coin Bonk, market volatility, the implications of Bitcoin’s price movements, her personal experience with a traumatic event, and a breaking news about the crypto industry. Wendy also highlights the importance of raising awareness and funds for organizations like House of Ruth and emphasizes the need for financial transparency and personal empowerment through cryptocurrency.

What are the shocking allegations against OpenAI?

  • Allegations against former CEO Sam Alman
  • Alleged lack of transparency and communication with the board
  • Sam Alman’s involvement in a potential AI-focused chip company

Why is Bitcoin pumping in Argentina?

  • The election of a new president in Argentina
  • Anti-Central Bank stance and support for Bitcoin
  • Potential impact on the country’s economy and financial policies

What new developments have occurred in the crypto industry?

  • Acquisition of Coindesk by Bullish, a company led by the former NYSE president
  • Tether’s freeze of 225 million tokens due to a criminal investigation
  • Exploitation of yfi and multi-chain bridges in the crypto market

00:00 – Show intro

02:45 – $BONK #memecoin surging

04:10 – Are you ready for Killer Whales TV show?

05:00 – The entire crypto market

06:05 – How to use TradingView

07:20 – BTC daily, weekly & 4h

13:15 – Token airdrops tips & tricks

13:55 – Binance extorted

14:20 – Bitcoin to $500k?

15:00 – OpenAI drama

18:25 – Argentina election pumps Bitcoin

24:10 – More large institutions adopting crypto

24:55 – Pentagon fails audit AGAIN

26:50 – Joe Biden trying to take over the internet

29:15 – China pushes social credit score and CBDC system

30:10 – Tether FUD

31:20 – Crypto exchange buys Coindesk

32:55 – Celsius Network bankruptcy plan halted

33:30 – Huge DYDX YFI exploit

Wondros Podcast

 

Originally aired on November 8, 2023

In this Wondros episode, Jesse Dylan interviews Lucy Sante, a writer, culture critic, scholar, and contributor to The New York Review of Books. Sante discusses a range of topics, including the creative process for artists in today’s world, her book “Evidence” that features haunting photographs found in the New York City municipal archives, her love for photography and collecting old photographs, the connection between photography and music, the fascination with the past and history, and the challenges and importance of research in her writing process.

The Challenges for Artists Today

  • Sante reflects on the dramatically different conditions for artists now compared to when she was coming up in the art world.
  • She notes that photographers often go through the academic route, receive grants, and do commercial or fashion work to support themselves.
  • Living modestly and dealing with high demand, young artists often struggle compared to the relative freedom and low cost of living that Sante experienced.

The Origins of “Evidence”

  • Sante explains that her book “Evidence” came about as part of her picture research for her first book about New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • While searching for specific types of photographs, she stumbled upon the glass plate photographs in the New York City municipal archives.
  • These photographs, found under a staircase and overlooked in a move, provided a unique and haunting glimpse into the daily lives of people living in tenements in the early 20th century.

The Strange World of Glass Plate Photographs

  • Sante describes the glass plate photographs as hypnotizing and revealing of a part of New York City that no longer exists.
  • The buildings, people, and captions are gone, leaving only the photographs and sometimes fragmented or missing information.
  • These photographs, which were taken as part of police investigations and court cases, offer an interzone between life and death and give insight into how people lived in tenements during that time.

Photography and Intuition

  • Sante shares her early attraction to photography, citing Walker Evans and Robert Frank as influences.
  • While she took classes and learned about the technical aspects of photography, she realized she would always be an imitator rather than an original artist in the medium.
  • However, she continued to collect old photographs and found a connection between photography and folk music, both capturing and transmitting certain aspects of American culture.

Folk Photography and American Culture

  • Sante discusses her collection of folk photography, particularly postcards that depict Americana.
  • She notes that her interest in folk photography was driven by visual appeal rather than subject matter.
  • The photographs capture the outfits and culture that are reminiscent of American folk music, creating a connection between the two art forms.

Ramifications of History and Memory

  • Sante reflects on the impact of history and memory on her work, noting her personal connection to the Catskills, reservoirs, and abandoned villages.
  • She finds fascination in the disappearing or transformed landscapes and the stories that are lost or rewritten over time.
  • Through her research and writing, she strives to capture and make sense of these stories before they vanish completely.

 

 

Originally aired on November 1, 2023

In this episode of Wondros, hosts Jesse and Priscilla interview Rob Gasto, an artist specializing in creating dinosaur fossils for museums. They discuss whether the dinosaur bones in museums are original or recreations, the challenges posed by distorted and mashed bones, and Rob’s personal journey from childhood fascination with dinosaurs to becoming a renowned dinosaur fossil artist. Rob also shares his experience of having a dinosaur genus named after him, how he developed his skills in sculpture and welding, and his process of restoring and reconstructing dinosaur skeletons. He explains the importance of accuracy in his work and the limitations he faces due to budget constraints and distorted bones. Rob highlights the role of paleontologists in providing guidance and references for his restorations. He also talks about the demand for dinosaur skeletons in Japan and his desire to see more unique and non-action poses in dinosaur sculptures. The episode concludes with a discussion on the future of paleontology and the ongoing discoveries and challenges in the field.

Are museum dinosaur bones original or recreations?

  • Bones in major museums are usually original, while smaller regional museums often use cast material for accuracy and budget reasons.
  • Original bones can be distorted and mashed due to being buried under sediment for millions of years.
  • Original bones may not be suitable for mounting due to damage and accessibility for research purposes.

Rob’s personal journey and the dinosaur named after him

  • Rob’s childhood fascination with dinosaurs reignited when he found a dinosaur that was later named Gastonia.
  • Gastonia is a genus named after Rob, and the discovery led to Rob’s career as a fossil artist.
  • His skills in sculpture and welding were well-suited for the occupation.

The process of restoring and reconstructing dinosaur skeletons

  • Rob’s team uses high-quality plastic casts to ensure accuracy and prevent damage to original bones.
  • Distorted bones can be reshaped through cutting, heating, and bending techniques, or by creating foam forms and taxidermy-like methods.
  • Restorations can take from a few days to several years, depending on the complexity and condition of the bones.

Challenges and competitors in the fossil art industry

  • The industry has seen a resurgence in dinosaur discoveries, resulting in increased demand for restorations.
  • Rob considers other artists in the field as fellow professionals rather than competitors.
  • The skills required for the job include artistic abilities, manual dexterity, and shop skills.

The fascination and impact of dinosaurs

  • Dinosaurs capture the imagination due to their magnificent size and the intriguing worlds they inhabited.
  • Rob prefers imagining dinosaurs in their natural environments rather than focusing on their interactions with humans.
  • Movies like Jurassic Park provide entertainment and bring dinosaurs to the public’s attention, but Rob appreciates more alternative and unique depictions as well.

The future of paleontology and ongoing discoveries

  • The field of paleontology will continue to discover new dinosaur species as construction projects and expansion uncover more fossils.
  • However, illegal collecting and poaching threaten the preservation of fossils.
  • Rob believes that our records and discoveries may be lost or altered over time, but the vastness of geologic time makes human impact seem insignificant.
 

Originally aired on October 18, 2023

In this episode of The Wondros Podcast, hosts Jesse and Priscilla interview space archaeologist Alice Gorman. They discuss the concept of luxury in space, the field of space archaeology, the relationship between archaeology and space exploration, and the challenges of preserving space artifacts. They also explore the idea of a space graveyard, the cultural impact of space exploration, and the future of space governance.

What Counts as Luxury in Space?

  • Luxury in space can include items like fresh fruit, high-end designer products, and unique materials.
  • Luxury may be symbolized by rarities that demonstrate social status or the ability to create high-value products in space.
  • The mobilization of material goods to support social structures in space will be an interesting aspect to observe.

Space Archaeology

  • Space archaeology is the study of the artifacts, buildings, structures, and environments related to humans getting into space.
  • It is part of the broader field of contemporary archaeology, focusing specifically on space-related objects.
  • The field has gained recognition, with governments and space agencies taking it seriously and considering heritage issues in space exploration.

Spacecraft Lifecycle and Preservation

  • Spacecraft are often made by hand and can be mass-produced or involve unique materials and technologies.
  • Depending on the altitude and destination, spacecraft may burn up upon re-entry or be preserved in space or on the surface of celestial bodies.
  • The preservation and analysis of space artifacts and legacy data are crucial for future study and understanding of human space exploration.

Space Governance and Ethics

  • The question of how to govern human activities in space is a pressing issue.
  • Discussions center around issues such as labor rights, power dynamics, regulations, and the prevention of one nation gaining dominance.
  • Some propose polycentric governance and the creation of a separate government for colonies on Mars or other celestial bodies.

Cultural Impact of Space Exploration

  • Space exploration has a profound impact on culture and society, inspiring awe and fascination.
  • There is a tension between the utopian vision of equal opportunities in space and the potential for exclusive access and elitism.
  • Exploring space raises questions about the purpose and meaning of human existence and our place in the universe.

Controversies and Belief Systems

  • The controversies surrounding space exploration, such as the moon landing conspiracy theories, often stem from distrust of authority and scientific knowledge.
  • These beliefs are tied to wider belief systems and can involve religious or ideological factors.
  • The preservation of space artifacts and data can provide tangible evidence to debunk such conspiracy theories.

 

Crypto & Coffee

 

Originally aired on August 18, 2023

In this wide-ranging episode, hosts Nick and Brandon covered crypto security tips, updates on their new Digital Investor service, AI developments, workforce impacts from AI, crypto market turmoil, and more. Nick advised being extremely careful with private keys, avoiding suspicious links, and going slow in crypto to avoid scams. The hosts announced that their new Digital Investor service focusing on crypto investing will launch September 1 behind a paywall. They discussed AI startups, apps, adoption across industries, and the need for workers to learn AI skills. Nick and Brandon analyzed reasons for the crypto crash including old SpaceX bitcoin selling, Evergrande’s bankruptcy, and Fed rate hike fears. They critiqued the Algorand team’s poor communications and examined a Congressman’s opposition to central bank digital currencies.

How to safely invest in crypto:

  • Don’t share private keys or passwords
  • Avoid suspicious links and scammers
  • Take it slowly and carefully in crypto

Launching a new crypto investing research service:

  • Digital Investor service starts September 1
  • Will be behind a paywall then
  • Currently public shows until September

AI adoption and impacts across industries:

  • AI startups emerging globally
  • Social media app uses AI-generated images
  • Companies racing to leverage AI
  • 40% may need job retraining

Analyzing causes of the recent crypto crash:

  • SpaceX previously sold its bitcoin
  • Chinese developer Evergrande bankrupt
  • Fed rate hike fears, but overblown
  • Liquidations cascade in futures markets

Congressman opposes central bank digital currencies:

  • Sees dystopian risks from CBDCs
  • Plans to introduce bill criminalizing them
  • But CBDCs seem inevitable globally

Algorand team failed to effectively communicate:

  • Token hit all-time lows in selloff
  • Team seen as arrogant and out of touch
  • Hurting token price and community
 

Originally aired on August 16, 2023

In this episode of Crypto & Coffee, Nick Black and Toufii Saliba discuss the recent developments in Hypercycle, a digital investor. They touch upon Toufi’s recent conference experiences and the overwhelming amount of support they have received from the community. They also hint at a new partnership in South Korea that involves a spin-off company called HyperAppliance. HyperAppliance aims to build home appliances that can run AI computations and pay for their own electricity while also generating extra income for the users. The hosts emphasize that the focus is on the security and benefits provided by the network rather than immediate financial gains. They also mention the introduction of ERC721, a portable device capable of gaining value and distributing profits among beneficiaries. Overall, HyperAppliance is seen as a significant step towards creating a secure and profitable ecosystem.

What is Hyper Appliance?

  • Hyper Appliance is a spin-off company of Hypercycle that aims to build home appliances designed to run AI computations.
  • The appliances, known as hyperboxes, can heat homes while also paying for their own electricity and generating additional income.
  • The focus is on utilizing potential energy efficiently and bridging the gap between potential energy and thermal energy.

How can users benefit from Hyper Appliance?

  • Users have the opportunity to maximize their earnings by owning the machine, node license, and tokens associated with the appliance.
  • The appliance pays for its own electricity and has the potential to generate additional income if conditions are met.
  • Exact numbers and profits cannot be determined until the full ecosystem of nodes is established, but the aim is to provide a more beneficial alternative to traditional space heaters.

What are the additional benefits of Hyper Appliance?

  • The large number of nodes running Hypercycle increases the overall security of the ecosystem.
  • The AI compute capabilities of the nodes and the introduction of ERC721 provide added benefits that can be quantified over time.
  • The focus is on providing added value to customers while also creating a profitable ecosystem.

How can users get involved in Hyper Appliance?

  • Users can express their interest in being part of the first batch of appliances by reaching out through the company’s website.
  • Open arms are extended to users who want to give feedback or have the opportunity to sponsor the devices.
  • Sponsoring the devices can be an option for those who want to contribute without directly purchasing the appliances.

 

 

In this episode of Crypto & Coffee, the Nick visits Drive LA, an exotic car rental company in Los Angeles owned by Eric Hallum. Eric, who is also a police officer, discusses how his background in law enforcement has helped him protect the assets of the business and establish strong partnerships with vendors. He emphasizes the importance of providing top-notch service to customers and creating a laid-back and friendly atmosphere at Drive LA. Eric shares insights into the rental pricing of different luxury vehicles and reveals that Drive LA is expanding into the classic car market. He also offers advice for aspiring business owners, emphasizing the need to persevere and learn from mistakes.

What led Eric from being a police officer to entering the exotic car rental business?

  • Eric’s background in law enforcement has equipped him with the skills to protect assets and read people, which are essential in the car rental business.
  • Eric emphasizes the importance of delivering excellent service and making customers feel like they’re getting into a private vehicle rather than a rental.

How does Drive LA ensure the preservation of its cars and maintain good partnerships with vendors?

  • Drive LA has strong partnerships with vendors that help in keeping the cars in good shape.
  • Eric and his team take pride in maintaining the cars so that they don’t feel like typical rental vehicles to customers.

What are the price ranges for renting luxury vehicles at Drive LA, and what alternatives are available?

  • Depending on the duration of the rental, prices for luxury vehicles at Drive LA range from $1,700 for a weekend to higher amounts.
  • Drive LA offers alternative options to customers who don’t want to spend as much money on renting a luxury vehicle by providing similar models at a lower cost.

How has Drive LA scaled its business from a few vehicles to a fleet of over 100 cars?

  • Drive LA started with a couple of cars and steadily added more based on the demand, considering factors such as inventory, mileage, and the need to add new models.
  • The business expansion includes venturing into the classic car market, which has proved successful.

What advice does Eric have for aspiring business owners?

  • Eric advises aspiring business owners to stay the course, even in challenging times, and evaluate the way they do things to make informed decisions.
  • He also stresses the importance of perseverance and creativity in overcoming obstacles.

 

Anything is Possible

 

Originally aired on April 11, 2023

Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” My recent trek up Mt. Kenya with Sir Richard Branson and a fantastic group of inspiring individuals embodied this quote; it was an incredible journey of a lifetime.

We embarked on our adventure in October 2022. Today, six months later, I am thrilled to share the full-length video of our journey from Day 1 to Day 5 on Mt. Kenya. Our adventure took us to the top of the second highest mountain in Africa as part of the Strive Challenge. The Strive Challenge is a campaign by Big Change, a mission-based organisation dedicated to ensuring youth success.

During the trip, we faced challenges, pushed our limits, and formed lifelong bonds. This expedition was not just about climbing a mountain; it was about embracing the spirit of adventure, reaching new heights, and working towards a brighter future for all.

Throughout our trek, we broke into groups and discussed global education challenges and how we might support development worldwide. My group’s conversation focused on our personal experiences and how they connected to the issues that Big Change is tackling.

Education has played a crucial role in my family’s history. My Grandfather left Hong Kong in the 1950s to seek a better life in the United Kingdom. His ability to create a successful business hinged on his grasp of English and his early, albeit limited, formal education.

My own journey through education was shaped by the fact that I grew up as a first-generation immigrant in Belfast, where I experienced racially-charged bullying. This experience changed my outlook on the school system and formal education. Despite this, I studied law at one of England’s most prestigious law schools and recently attended Harvard Business School.

Throughout my education, I have developed a holistic view and come to believe that while education is important, it doesn’t guarantee everything in life. Like anything of value, it must be cultivated and nurtured over the long term.

I am a massive fan of Big Change and its work. The organisation does a great job bringing together like-minded people to effect change. While Big Change used to focus on the UK, it now has a global reach.

For those interested in getting involved and participating in the global conversation, you can host a #BigEducationConversation. By doing this, you can help share a vision for change. Visit bigeducationconversation.org and join the mission to support a million conversations in communities worldwide.

As for me, I am excited to continue pushing boundaries and breaking barriers. I believe that #anythingispossible when we work together towards a common goal.

Money Talks

Independent National Convention

 

The Independent Movement – Inside the Independent National Convention” is a thought-provoking documentary that explores the growing movement of independent politics and its potential impact on the future of America. The 2023 Independent National Convention took place in Austin, Texas, and served as a rallying point for the Independent Movement. As the documentary unfolds, it becomes clear that the Independent Movement is not just about a convention, a party, or a candidate. It’s about thinking for ourselves and working together to create better solutions that benefit everyone. This documentary covers a range of important topics, including the two-party political system, data protection, blockchain voting/elections, and the internet bill of rights. “The Independent Movement – Inside the Independent National Convention” is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of American politics and the power of independent thought and action.

Dennis Kucinich – Former Congressman and Former Mayor of Cleveland

Tulsi Gabbard – Former Presidential candidate and Congresswoman

Brock Pierce – 2020 Independent Presidential candidate

Karla Ballard – Co-host of the Independent National Convention & Founder of YING

Scott Vineberg – California candidate for Senate, January Walker – Congressional candidate for Utah

Derrick Broze – Houston Mayoral Candidate

Amelia Powers Gardner – Utah County Commissioner and Founder of Innogov

Trent Pool – Co-Host of the Independent National Convention

Christopher Life – Founder of the Independent National Convention

Brittany Kaiser – Co-Founder of the Independent National Convention and Founder of Own Your Data

Blair Walsingham – Tennessee Congressional Candidate.

The music for the documentary is by DPAK and Johnny Twilight.

The MikoBits Show

 

Originally aired on August 30, 2023

In this episode of the MikoBits show, host Miko Bits interviews John Reynolds of Aleo, who is involved in running the ZPrize competition. ZPrize aims to advance the industry of zero knowledge proofs and the mathematics of cryptography. The competition consists of several categories focused on hardware and software development in the field of zero knowledge proofs. The winners of each category receive a cash prize. The discussion covers the purpose of ZPrize, the prize amounts, the different categories, the concept of zero knowledge proofs, the potential applications of zero knowledge proofs in various industries, and the scalability of the technology.

What is the ZPrize competition?

  • It aims to push the industry of zero knowledge proofs forward.
  • The competition includes several categories focused on different areas of the industry.
  • Winners of each category receive a cash prize, with a total of three categories for the current year’s competition.

The prize amounts for ZPrize

  • There are three categories, each with a baseline prize starting at $300,000.
  • The winners receive the entire prize amount for each category.

The categories for ZPrize 2022

  • Two categories focus on accelerating multi-scalar multiplication (MSM) in zero knowledge proofs, specifically on FPGA and GPU platforms.
  • The third category is sponsored by Aleo and focuses on high-throughput signature verification within a zero knowledge circuit.

The concept of zero knowledge proofs

  • Zero knowledge proofs allow for the proving of knowledge or information without revealing the underlying data.
  • They provide proof of computation, verifying that a value was computed honestly or that a computation occurred without revealing the input data.

Potential applications of zero knowledge proofs

  • Identity verification: Zero knowledge proofs can provide privacy and security in identity verification processes, eliminating the need for centralized providers.
  • Financial applications: Zero knowledge proofs can enhance the privacy and compliance of financial transactions and credentials.
  • Healthcare and telemedicine: Zero knowledge proofs can protect the privacy of health information while allowing for verification in medical care.
  • Education: Zero knowledge proofs can verify educational credentials while protecting the privacy of personal information.

The scalability of zero knowledge proofs

  • The industry is still in the early stages of scaling zero knowledge proofs to be integrated into various applications.
  • Challenges include the transition from legacy systems, but advancements in hardware and web3 technologies are helping to accelerate progress.
  • The goal is to achieve internet-scale verifiable computation at a reasonable cost, meeting regulatory compliance requirements while preserving user privacy.
 

Originally aired on August 11, 2023

MikoBits interviews Evin McMullen from DISCO about decentralized identity and its role in the metaverse. DISCO aims to eliminate the need for filling out forms by allowing individuals to control and share their own identity and data. The platform enables users to carry their information in a “data backpack” using their blockchain keys. This allows for the seamless transfer of data between different apps and platforms, increasing personalization and reducing the risks associated with traditional identity systems. By integrating decentralized identity into the metaverse, individuals can enjoy personalized experiences and enhance their interactions within digital and physical environments.

What problem does DISCO solve?

  • DISCO allows users to avoid filling out forms and repeating information by creating a data backpack that carries their identity and data across different apps and platforms.
  • This eliminates the high switching costs associated with moving between different apps and increases data security and privacy.

How does decentralized identity work?

  • DISCO enables users to use their blockchain keys to control and share pieces of information written about them in the form of credentials.
  • These credentials, similar to plastic ID cards, allow users to express specific aspects of their identity and preferences in a portable and secure manner.
  • The use of blockchain keys adds a new superpower to the keys, allowing users to write, send, receive, and use information about themselves securely.

The role of identity in the metaverse

  • The metaverse, according to DISCO, is the ability to show up in any digital or physical environment and experience personalization based on the shared aspects of one’s identity.
  • Identity is the key to unlocking a metaverse that is not interrupted by sign-up forms and offers personalized experiences and opportunities tailored to individuals.
  • By providing more than just financial information on-chain, individuals can enjoy unique and authentic human connections and personalized content within the metaverse.

The value of DISCO in the current landscape

  • DISCO has gained over 12,000 users through its public data beta, with support for over 130,000 credentials.
  • The most popular application within DISCO is the “GM” credential, which allows users to send and receive “good morning” greetings.
  • DISCO’s focus on user preferences and personalization has resonated with users who enjoy the ability to express different facets of their identity in a low-stress and fun way.

The challenge of transferability in decentralized identity

  • Transferability of credentials can pose risks, as it enables the sale of an individual’s entire identity.
  • DISCO aims to mitigate this risk by focusing on the entanglement of multiple identifiers and data points, making it less likely for users to sell or give up their full set of credentials.
  • The goal is to create a concentration of risk within the interconnectedness of different addresses, rather than relying solely on a single key or credential.

Navigating the future of identity in a changing landscape

  • The future of identity lies in the balance between protocol-centric design and human-centered design.
  • Protocols need to consider the limitations and behaviors of human actions to ensure the development of user-centric products and solutions.
  • DISCO aims to prioritize user needs and experiences above all else, providing a platform that bridges the gap between rational protocol systems and the complexities of human behavior.

 

 

Originally aired on July 28, 2023

In this episode of the Miko Bits show, host Miko Bits interviews Åke André, the founder of Crypto Rogue Games. They discuss the future of web3 gaming and Åke’s project, Crystals of Naramunz. Åke shares his background as an OG gamer and his journey in the gaming industry. They talk about the potential impact of web3 on the gaming industry and how it can disrupt traditional models. They also delve into the design decisions and mechanics of Crystals of Naramunz, including skill progression and dynamic dungeons. Overall, they are excited about the future of web3 gaming and the possibilities it holds.

What is Crystals of Naramunz?

Crystals of Naramunz is an upcoming free-to-play action RPG set in the post-apocalyptic steampunk world of Naramunz.

Check the game here https://www.naramunz.com/

and follow their twitter for more information @naramunz

@AkeAndre

The Future of Web3 Gaming with Crypto Rogue Games Founder Åke André

  • Discusses the game Crystals of Naramunz, a steampunk-themed isometric action RPG for PC.
  • Talks about his background as an OG gamer and his experience in the gaming industry.
  • Explores the potential impact of web3 on the gaming industry and how it can disrupt traditional models.
  • Highlights the design decisions and mechanics of Crystals of Naramunz, including skill progression and dynamic dungeons.
  • Emphasizes the importance of user engagement and customization in web3 gaming.
  • Looks forward to the future of web3 gaming and the opportunities it presents.

 

00:13 – Ake Introduction

1:42 – Ake Background in gaming

11:49 – Free-to-play model

26:28 – Ake’s perspective on the impact of web3 in gaming industry

30:08 – Design desition & contrast with Crystal of Naramus

46:09 – IP in gaming

56:24 – The US Gaming Market Regultions, SCC vs. Asian Gaming Market

1:07 – The Virtual Reality concept that build the Pyramid of Egypt

1:11 – The future of Gaming with Web3 & Blockchain technology

LunarCrush

 

Originally aired on November 10, 2023

In this episode of Under The Influence, host Shifra Samuel interviews Mirco Bartolozzi, a distinguished figure in the world of Motorsports engineering. Mirco discusses his background in mechanical engineering, his hands-on experience in Motorsports, and his founding of F1 Data Analysis. He also delves into the world of F1 Telemetry, sharing insights into the data-driven nature of Formula 1, the influence of AI and machine learning, and how he has used social media to grow his following. The episode provides a fascinating look into the intersection of motorsports, data analysis, and social media influence.

What is F1 Telemetry and its influence in motorsports?

  • F1 Telemetry is the aggregation of data from various sensors installed on each Formula One car, which provides insights and actionable information for teams and enthusiasts.
  • It enables teams to measure and extract information to improve performance, while also serving as educational and entertaining content for fans.

How Mirco combined his love for cars and data?

  • Mirco’s passion for Formula 1 and physics led him to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, specializing in vehicles and a Ph.D. in motorcycle Dynamics.
  • He merged his love for F1 with data analysis to create F1 Data Analysis, contributing insights and analysis to the world of F1 Telemetry.

Strategies Mirco used to grow his social media following

  • Mirco employed ambitious goal-setting to ramp up his following, focusing on continuous improvement of his content.
  • He utilized the analytics of his social media accounts to understand which type of content performed the best and aimed for high-quality, engaging posts.

Significant moments in F1 influenced by telemetry data

  • Mirco shares examples of telemetry data influencing race outcomes, such as discerning the cause of car problems or analyzing the impact of punctured tires on race performance.
  • Telemetry data allows for real-time analysis and strategic decision-making by Formula 1 engineers, influencing race strategies and pit stop timing.

Top influencers and tools in Mirco’s field of expertise

  • Mirco acknowledges influencers such as Bryson Sullivan and Max Verstappen’s performance engineer, as sources of inspiration and knowledge in the field of F1 and aerodynamics.
  • He utilizes custom codes in Python for data analysis and partners with tools like Jump for exploratory data analysis to enrich his content creation process.

Predictions for the upcoming Vegas F1 race

  • Mirco predicts Ferrari’s potential advantage in the Vegas race due to the track’s characteristics favoring cars with good mechanical grip and low aerodynamic resistance.
  • He anticipates Red Bull and McLaren to perform well in qualifying, with the race order likely to see Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Mercedes.
 

Originally aired on November 2023

In this episode of LunarCrush, host Shifra Samuel and Evan Kennedy interview Jake Ellenbogen, a prominent figure in NFL Rams media. The episode explores Jake’s background in sports media, his passion for football, and his approach to creating influential content in the world of football analysis. From discussing Jake’s journey in sports media and his commitment to delivering insightful football content, to analyzing his expertise in NFL media landscape, the episode provides valuable insights for football enthusiasts and content creators.

What has been Jake’s career journey in sports media?

  • Founded downtown Rams in 2016
  • Established as the Premier Source for Los Angeles Rams news, analysis, and opinion
  • Co-hosts an NFL Focus show on the Believe Network with former Rams and Buccaneers linebacker Cameron Lynch
  • Collaborates on Believe in Rams podcast with over 170 episodes

How did Jake become a Rams fan living in New York?

  • Raised as a Rams fan by his father
  • Devoted fan who has never missed a snap
  • Encountered more Rams fans than expected in Upstate New York
  • Emphasizes the significance of football’s evolution and complexity

What motivates Jake’s deep fascination with football?

  • Views football as a science and a constantly evolving game
  • Embraces the complexity of the sport’s schematic elements and game planning
  • Fascinated by the constant innovation and adaptation by offensive and defensive coordinators
  • Compares and appreciates the different playing styles and strategies across generations

How did Jake start his journey as a content creator in sports media?

  • Faced personal challenges, including mental health issues and dropping out of college
  • Encouraged by his cousin to pursue his passion for football and the Rams
  • Overcame personal struggles to establish downtown Rams and gain recognition in sports media
  • Emphasizes the importance of perseverance and the ability to overcome adversity

How does Jake stay up to date with football news for rapid content creation?

  • Monitors Twitter extensively and employs alerts for breaking news
  • Recognizes the importance of agility and flexibility to respond to urgent news
  • Balances video content creation with the need to provide rapid reaction and detailed analysis
  • Prioritizes staying informed to produce high-quality and timely football content

What are Jake’s insights on the NFL and the Rams’ future, including player acquisitions and team dynamics?

  • Addresses the significance of the Rams’ priorities, such as the need for a reliable left tackle and key draft picks
  • Displays optimism and confidence in the Rams’ potential to excel in the NFL
  • Acknowledges the impact of game-changing players, acquisitions, and strategic decisions on the team’s trajectory
  • Emphasizes the importance of the Rams’ performance in crucial games and their ability to adapt to new challenges

 

Web3 with Reeve Collins

 

Originally aired on May 3, 2023

“Web3 with Reeve Collins, SmartMedia Technologies” follows digital pioneer and Tether Co-Founder Reeve Collins and his tech company SmartMedia Technologies on a journey through the rapidly developing world of Web3 and features insights from major gatherings including Outer Edge LA (formerly NFT LA), New York Comic Con, World Blockchain Summit Dubai, Web3 Summit Miami and many more. In this special Reeve shares with viewers about the trillion object opportunity, the crypto timeline, killer wallets, how brands and consumers can use Web3 for more meaningful value and financial benefits and the three iterations of the internet – Web1, Web2, Web3. He also talks with some of the biggest names in the industry from CEO Yat Siu of the unicorn company Animoca Brands, to “the branding whisperer” Shaun Neff, whose collaborators include top celebrities and artists including musician and Louis Vuitton Men’s Creative Director Pharrell Williams and fashion model Kendall Jenner. In addition, viewers have the opportunity to travel along with Reeve as he checks out the power of comics in Web3 and then visits Dubai to meet and address its Ministry of Economy, where he gives a keynote speech on why the world should care about this Web3 revolution.

“A new age of ownership is upon us; digital goods and wallets will be leading the charge. I’ve spent nearly a decade committed to this vision, and finally, the world is ready to unlock the power of Web3,” states Collins.

 

Executive Producer: Reeve Collins, Crystal Fambrini

Editor: Evan B. Stone

 

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