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Jan 15, 2022

Leverage AI to Identify Valuable NFTs

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We’re in the midst of an NFT boom, but that won’t always be the case. Today, NFTs are being flipped quickly — much like house flipping in the lead up to the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Obviously, that doesn’t mean that NFTs are all driven by speculation, just that we need to be cautious and prudent when evaluating their value. Artificial intelligence (AI) is one tool for helping identify and produce valuable art NFTs. Let’s dive into that more here (but see Christian Jensen’s recent article for a broader background on the investment lingo in NFT land).

Jan 13, 2022

China Reportedly Wants to Separate NFTs from Crypto With State-Backed Blockchain

Posted by in categories: blockchains, business, cryptocurrencies, government

Allowing users to buy NFTs with fiat money.

Cryptocurrency might be illegal in China, but that doesn’t mean non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have to be.

China is planning to separate the infrastructure used for crypto from the one used to create NFTs so that its crackdown on cryptocurrencies doesn’t harm the country’s NFT industry, a report from South China Morning Post reveals.

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Jan 11, 2022

Prager Metis sets up first CPA firm in metaverse

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, blockchains, business, space, virtual reality

Prager Metis has become the first CPA firm to open up a metaverse headquarters. The firm, which in real life is based in New York, is setting up shop in Decentraland, a 3D virtual world, as part of a joint venture with Banquet LLC, a metaverse studio.

The firm purchased the piece of virtual real estate on Dec. 28, a three-story digital structure. On the first floor is an open floor plan that doubles as a gallery space for nonfungible tokens from Prager Metis clients along with a large entertainment area. The second floor will provide more of a working space with meeting rooms and conference capabilities. The third floor will serve as a rooftop space where Prager Metis intends to host events and even live entertainment.

The metaverse has been attracting attention ever since Facebook’s parent company announced a name change last October to Meta to highlight its interest in developing technology for virtual reality and augmented reality. More businesses have followed suit in setting up shop in the metaverse. Prager Metis isn’t the first firm to dip its toes in the waters: PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Hong Kong firm announced last month that it had bought virtual land on another metaverse platform, the Sandbox, but Prager Metis is going further by setting up an actual headquarters in Decentraland. It plans to focus on advisory services for clients and potentially for other accounting firms as well. The firm already has clients who have entered the rapidly growing market for nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which use blockchain technology to create collectibles and artwork that people bid on to buy and trade.

Jan 8, 2022

‘We don’t need to work anymore’: Local artists crack the code of NFTs

Posted by in categories: blockchains, cybercrime/malcode, employment, finance

Such is the promise and peril of NFTs.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, offer many potential benefits to creators. They apply the mechanisms of scarcity to digital assets by allowing artists to render them as one-of-a-kind collectibles, like a painting or a baseball card. This means artists — especially digital artists — who have struggled to make their streamable, screenshot-able or reprintable work hold value — can price their items at rates appropriate for something in short supply.

However, the digital trading mechanism is still in nascent stages, and rife with scams, hacks and copyright issues. Beeple was hit by an organized hack, for example. While artists can sometimes find financial solvency with NFTs, other times, they lose millions.

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Jan 3, 2022

Blockchain Technologies on Mars — Building a cryptocurrencies economy on another planet

Posted by in categories: blockchains, cryptocurrencies, economics, finance, law, space

Blockchain Technology on Mars.

Can a Mars economy be established on top of Blockchain Technologies?

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Jan 1, 2022

2022: The Gateway Year to Transcension

Posted by in categories: blockchains, computing, singularity

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

| My holiday message to you, guys!

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Dec 30, 2021

Introducing the Trivergence: Transformation driven by blockchain, AI and the IoT

Posted by in categories: blockchains, business, climatology, economics, finance, government, internet, robotics/AI, sustainability

Trivergence is starting to affect every industry. In financial services, the wallet has become a smart app that can collect data and learn. On a blockchain, users can exchange, save, borrow, invest and protect this digital money peer-to-peer without the intermediation of banks. In manufacturing, 3D printers are manufacturing aircraft parts in a Boeing facility with a blockchain network facilitating all the patented files, contracting and payments peer-to-peer. Telecommunications companies are no longer negotiating complex, costly and ever-changing roaming agreements, but using blockchain-based smart contracts among providers to automate the web of payments and settlement globally.

Over time, the Trivergence will usher in a next-generation internet where nearly every animate and inanimate object on Earth generates data, a distributed ledger records and secures this data and AI analyzes the data, communicates with the objects, alerts their owners and continuously adjusts and improves the efficiency of the economy and the sustainability of its effects on the environment.

New business models enabled by this Trivergence are beginning to disrupt many industries and provide platforms for innovation in the economy for decades ahead. This second era has weighty implications for every business, government and individual, as well as technology strategy, architecture and leadership. If we can overcome the dark side — and that’s a big “if” — this Trivergence helps us reclaim our digital identities, effectively fight climate change and help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

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Dec 27, 2021

How AI, VR, AR, 5G, and blockchain may converge to power the metaverse

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, internet, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Emerging technologies including AI, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), 5G, and blockchain (and related digital currencies) have all progressed on their own merits and timeline. Each has found a degree of application, though clearly AI has progressed the furthest. Each technology is maturing while overcoming challenges ranging from blockchain’s energy consumption to VR’s propensity for inducing nausea. They will likely converge in readiness over the next several years, underpinned by the now ubiquitous cloud computing for elasticity and scale. And in that convergence, the sum will be far greater than the parts. The catalyst for this convergence will be the metaverse — a connected network of always-on 3D virtual worlds.

The metaverse concept has wide-sweeping potential. On one level, it could be a 3D social media channel with messaging targeted perfectly to every user by AI. That’s the Meta (previously Facebook) vision. It also has the potential to be an all-encompassing platform for information, entertainment, and work.

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Dec 26, 2021

Metaverse: The Most Evil Business in the World

Posted by in categories: blockchains, business

Facebook’s metaverse is far worse than you thought…

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Dec 25, 2021

The metaverse is a $1 trillion opportunity, crypto giant Grayscale says as virtual land sales boom

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Web3 and NFT investment has ‘recently started to accelerate,’ Greyscale said in a report, as pieces of virtual land sell for upwards of $2 million.