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Creating NFT artwork with my kids

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How we are exploring the technology with kids and having a lot of fun in the process

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One of the hottest trending topics which fascinated my kid is crypto. Quite honestly, he felt that Dogecoin is the coolest currency and he even asked me to help him purchase some of it with his savings.

We’ve all heard of the term “Digital Natives” and I’m sure some of us here are “Digital Natives”. This refers to the generation that grew up with technology. Technology is here to stay, and I don’t think it’s going to a standstill. As many of us are still grappling with how this whole crypto and blockchain technology works, fueled with the whole speculation in the cryptocurrency market, this is definitely an area of fascination and fear.

While this is not an article explaining the technology, I wanted to approach this from the angle of exposing kids to technology and the other applications of this technology. There’s been too much hype around the speculation of cryptocurrencies which is just one part of the story.

Blockchain technology is something that will be here to stay. The benefits that the technology brings, especially with the ability to create a unique identity for digital assets, opens up endless possibilities for creators such as artists to “mint” original pieces which cannot be replicated.

While I feel that this technology is in its early days and will evolve to something more efficient, there is already wide adoption of blockchain technology in our lives today.

It really started with my 11-year-old boy, Isaac taking an interest in Dogecoin. He’s been reading it on Reddit a lot and is fascinated with the whole Elon Musk sending Dogecoin to the moon. While I’m glad he’s fascinated with how these things work, there is a lot of fluff in this whole proposition which I don’t entirely agree with. The other worrying thing is that he is starting to develop his values around investments and the value of money. Having him exposed to just a single facet of the technology would set that foundation wrong.

Having an interest in any given topic is priceless, and I didn’t want to let this slip. I did let him invest a small part of his savings in Dogecoin. $15 of it to be exact. That story was a good one. He was making over a dollar at one time, before losing about 40% of it on paper. Throughout the whole episode, I checked in with him on how he felt, and he was able to make a decision to hold on to it believing that it was still a good decision to invest. It did recover, and he sold everything making a handsome profit of 40 cents. He later kicked himself when it sent up further and he could have made a lot more. He’s now staying on the sideline and refusing to put any money into it, but I know he’s researching the next thing he should be investing in.

The thing about Blockchain, and Cryptocurrencies, it can get very energy hungry. To put it in context, Bitcoin uses more energy than Argentina and that puts the technology in the top 30 energy users worldwide according to a report by BBC.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56012952

Using blockchain technology, unique identities for digital assets such as artwork can be created and stored on the blockchain. This is referred to as NFT. This allows content creators to create their masterpieces without the issue of them being replicated. A good recent example of such an artwork changing hands is that of Mr. Vignesh Sundaresan (Metakovanby) purchasing artwork by digital artist Beeple at a Christie’s auction on March 11. He paid US69 mil for it, which was unthinkable even today.

Riding on the interest of my younger 7-year-old daughter’s in art, I suggested to the kids that we should create our own NFT Artwork and sell it online. This is a perfect example for us in how we can explore the technology together, create an art piece, and put it up for sale.

I also wanted them to think about the good that we can do along with the power to create. So, I asked them if they would give some of the proceeds away to a charity, and they immediately said “YES!”.

Out came the iPad, and we started drawing. It’s a simple illustration of a cute little Mochi. Yes, it’s very elementary, but it was fun creating it!

Creating our artwork on the iPad

I did a quick search online, and realized that there aren’t any “NFT Mochi”, but I could be wrong. As far as research goes, this is actually the first NFT Mochi illustration that’s minted!

Together with the kids, we minted our first NFT and listed it for sale on Rarible (Click to view) and Opensea (Click to view).

Our artwork listed on Rarible

I also took the opportunity to show them the cost of minting which essentially is the “gas” money that goes to processing the transaction on the Ethereum blockchain network. This fluctuates a lot and depending on the load and if you’re going to pay more to expedite the processing, it can range from a couple of tens of dollars to over a hundred dollars just to mint this NFT artwork.

This allowed me to explain to the kids how the technology works in kids language, and also how the energy impact the technology has.

We had a lot of fun in this process of being an NFT Artist. It was super cool, and I think we might do this again.

Our artwork, “World’s First NFT Mochi” is on sale, do check it out and if you are feeling the “work” that we’ve put in, do put in a bid to buy it! (That would be another story for me and my kids!)

Hope you’ve found this sharing useful. Do share your thoughts and comments with me.

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Bitcoin Mining to Relocate from China to US Amid Crackdown

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Rate this post Following the nationwide crackdown on miners, Bitcoin mining operations in China are gearing up to relocate three tons of crypto mining equipment to the US. The new reports emerged just a few weeks after authorities in several provinces ordered power companies to discontinue supply to mining firms. Bitcoin Mining Operations Are Transitioning From China to The US In light of China’s hardening stance on crypto mining, Bitcoin moguls in the country have started to look elsewhere for lucrative opportunities.  The world’s most populous nation banned crypto-related services in May and decided to monitor mining activities more stringently. Critics in China argue that mining operations consume inordinate energy and jeopardize the country’s climate goals in the process.  To date, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Sichuan have openly prohibited power supply to mining companies. Not surprisingly, Bitcoin’s hash rate fell sharply in the aftermath of these decisions. The ban in Sichuan, in particular, took a toll on daily hash rates.  Some experts believe that China’s anti-mining climate could provide a breakthrough for the US. For years, crypto miners relied on China’s cheap electric supply to carry out their operations. In fact, in 2018, miners in China accounted for the world’s 74%  production of Bitcoin. Now, these ventures are eyeing Texas, South Dakota, or even Canada, triggering a mass transition. The recent relocation of a mining farm from Guangzhou to Maryland is the most visible instance of this mass transition. According to Eunice Yoon, a CNBC representative, the move will see nearly three tons of mining machinery being transported to the United States. Miami Opens Its Doors to Ousted Crypto Miners Meanwhile, Miami is welcoming ousted miners to establish operations in the city. Its current mayor, Francis Suarez, a vocal advocate for cryptocurrencies, has highlighted his support for digital assets on repeated occasions. Suarez has promised several incentives for miners, which include tax concessions, infrastructure incentives, and limited regulations to galvanize investments in the sector. Furthermore, he has guaranteed lower electricity bills for miners, with more than sufficient supply from Miami’s abundant nuclear power. As far as the BTC hash rate is concerned, the current gap between the US and China is significantly wide. However, this gap is expected to begin closing as more mining companies transition to the US.

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Following the nationwide crackdown on miners, Bitcoin mining operations in China are gearing up to relocate three tons of crypto mining equipment to the US. The new reports emerged just a few weeks after authorities in several provinces ordered power companies to discontinue supply to mining firms.

Bitcoin Mining Operations Are Transitioning From China to The US

In light of China’s hardening stance on crypto mining, Bitcoin moguls in the country have started to look elsewhere for lucrative opportunities. 

The world’s most populous nation banned crypto-related services in May and decided to monitor mining activities more stringently. Critics in China argue that mining operations consume inordinate energy and jeopardize the country’s climate goals in the process. 

To date, Xinjiang, Qinghai, and Sichuan have openly prohibited power supply to mining companies. Not surprisingly, Bitcoin’s hash rate fell sharply in the aftermath of these decisions. The ban in Sichuan, in particular, took a toll on daily hash rates. 

Some experts believe that China’s anti-mining climate could provide a breakthrough for the US. For years, crypto miners relied on China’s cheap electric supply to carry out their operations. In fact, in 2018, miners in China accounted for the world’s 74%  production of Bitcoin. Now, these ventures are eyeing Texas, South Dakota, or even Canada, triggering a mass transition.

The recent relocation of a mining farm from Guangzhou to Maryland is the most visible instance of this mass transition. According to Eunice Yoon, a CNBC representative, the move will see nearly three tons of mining machinery being transported to the United States.

Miami Opens Its Doors to Ousted Crypto Miners

Meanwhile, Miami is welcoming ousted miners to establish operations in the city. Its current mayor, Francis Suarez, a vocal advocate for cryptocurrencies, has highlighted his support for digital assets on repeated occasions.

Suarez has promised several incentives for miners, which include tax concessions, infrastructure incentives, and limited regulations to galvanize investments in the sector. Furthermore, he has guaranteed lower electricity bills for miners, with more than sufficient supply from Miami’s abundant nuclear power.

As far as the BTC hash rate is concerned, the current gap between the US and China is significantly wide. However, this gap is expected to begin closing as more mining companies transition to the US.

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#Bitcoin In China #China Crypto Mining #Francis Suarez #Miami

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MicroStrategy Acquires More Bitcoin, Holds More Than 105,000 BTC

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Rate this post Business analytics firm MicroStrategy has added more Bitcoin to its balance sheet, taking the company’s collective holdings to a whopping 105,085 BTC. According to an announcement from the firm’s CEO Michael J. Saylor, MicroStrategy spent $489 million to add another 13,005 BTC to its treasury. Michael Saylor Announces New Bitcoin Purchase For MicroStrategy Saylor and his company have maintained their belief in Bitcoin’s potential despite the primary crypto’s ongoing price struggles in a volatile market. The company has been pumping the digital asset since last August following the pandemic-induced inflation, which forced investors to seek non-traditional options that safeguard their assets. In its most recent accumulation effort, MicroStrategy snagged 13,005 BTC for an average price of $37, 617 per token. However, the digital asset has declined sharply in the last few days, and one coin is currently trading for $32,500.  As part of its announcement, the firm revealed that its recently formed subsidiary MacroStrategy LLC holds 92,079 BTC of its total balance.  Altogether, the new investment takes MicroStrategy’s combined Bitcoin holdings to a staggering 105,085 coins. At the current spot price, this holding is worth $2.74 billion, with each token amounting to slightly more than $26,000.  MicroStrategy Raised $500M to Procure Its Current BTC Investment Earlier this month it was reported that MicroStrategy was offering senior secured notes due in 2028 to raise half a billion dollars in debt. These notes bore an annual interest rate of 6.125%. The company had originally capped the sale at $400 million, but shortly thereafter it boosted its offer by another $100 million.  Following the sale of its debt offering, the company revealed that it had amassed nearly $489 million, which would be invested in Bitcoin. At the same time, MicroStrategy also announced that it was planning to sell up to $1 billion in stocks and that part of those proceeds would be directed to buying more Bitcoin. Even before its recent purchase, MicroStrategy owned the largest reserve of the flagship crypto among all publicly traded companies. 

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Business analytics firm MicroStrategy has added more Bitcoin to its balance sheet, taking the company’s collective holdings to a whopping 105,085 BTC. According to an announcement from the firm’s CEO Michael J. Saylor, MicroStrategy spent $489 million to add another 13,005 BTC to its treasury.

Michael Saylor Announces New Bitcoin Purchase For MicroStrategy

Saylor and his company have maintained their belief in Bitcoin’s potential despite the primary crypto’s ongoing price struggles in a volatile market. The company has been pumping the digital asset since last August following the pandemic-induced inflation, which forced investors to seek non-traditional options that safeguard their assets.

In its most recent accumulation effort, MicroStrategy snagged 13,005 BTC for an average price of $37, 617 per token. However, the digital asset has declined sharply in the last few days, and one coin is currently trading for $32,500. 

As part of its announcement, the firm revealed that its recently formed subsidiary MacroStrategy LLC holds 92,079 BTC of its total balance. 

Altogether, the new investment takes MicroStrategy’s combined Bitcoin holdings to a staggering 105,085 coins. At the current spot price, this holding is worth $2.74 billion, with each token amounting to slightly more than $26,000. 

MicroStrategy Raised $500M to Procure Its Current BTC Investment

Earlier this month it was reported that MicroStrategy was offering senior secured notes due in 2028 to raise half a billion dollars in debt. These notes bore an annual interest rate of 6.125%. The company had originally capped the sale at $400 million, but shortly thereafter it boosted its offer by another $100 million. 

Following the sale of its debt offering, the company revealed that it had amassed nearly $489 million, which would be invested in Bitcoin. At the same time, MicroStrategy also announced that it was planning to sell up to $1 billion in stocks and that part of those proceeds would be directed to buying more Bitcoin.

Even before its recent purchase, MicroStrategy owned the largest reserve of the flagship crypto among all publicly traded companies. 

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#Bitcoin #CEO Michael Saylor #MicroStrategy #MicroStrategy BTC Investment

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Chris Giancarlo: U.S. risks becoming ‘backwater’ without central bank digital currency

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One of the few high-profile public officials to have served under both the Obama and Trump administrations, Chris Giancarlo is a former Wall Street executive-turn-regulator who is widely-respected by nearly all parties on Capitol Hill. As the former Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, however, his latest venture, the Digital Dollar Foundation, might well test his soft touch with politicians.

The former regulator is now leading the Foundation towards five pilot programs set to launch this year, part of a broader effort to help the United States regain the lead in a race against China towards a functioning CBDC.

According to Giancarlo, however, the US’s priorities when it comes to a CBDC shouldn’t merely be jingoistic:

“What’s very clear, [is] that China intends their digital yuan to be an instrument of state surveillance. […] And this is why it’s one of the reasons why the digital dollar project, we’re so animated, because we feel that our new mission is to make sure central banks wake up to this and the US Fed wakes up to this, that these social values that got us here, the rule of law, a free capital markets, free enterprise, zones of individual economic privacy, are ingrained in a new digital future of the US dollar, and that we don’t allow ourselves to be taken in by what China’s doing and match that state surveillance approach.”

However, the race to a CBDC isn’t merely about maintaining current US values, but also potnetially about unlocking new forms of smart contract-based value for the wider population. 

“The notion of a digital currency, whether it be sovereign and non-sovereign, tied to smart contracts, allows money to solve the old problem of being able to move it in place, i.e. moving around the globe as easily as you could send a text message, but also move it in time. Heretofore, money was a temporal thing, but with a smart contract you can say, I want to program my money today to go to my one grandchild in the future once they graduate college and all of those contingencies can be programmed in. […] With a programmable digital currency, you can program it today to move around the globe in space, but move around the globe in time. And that is such, I think, such a powerful construct.”

Ultimately, this work is part of an effort to ensure that America maintains technological supremacy. 

“You can’t stop the march of technology in time, and if you do, you become a backwater. We in the United States have always been open to innovation and we must be open to this innovation as well. In a prudent way, in a way that’s in correspondence with our society that expects investor protections and a role for government. […] And it’s one that I’m very excited to be involved in.”

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