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How NFTs, DeFi and Web 3.0 are intertwined

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While blockchain itself provides the technology constructs to facilitate exchange, ownership and trust in the network, it is in the digitization of value elements where asset tokenization is essential. Tokenization is the process of converting the assets and rights to a property into a digital representation, or token, on a blockchain network. 

Distinguishing between cryptocurrency and tokenized assets is important in understanding exchange vehicles, valuation models and fungibility across the various value networks that are emerging and posing interoperability challenges. These are not just technical challenges, but also business challenges around equitable swaps.

Asset tokenization can lead to the creation of a business model that fuels fractional ownership, the ability to own an instance of a large asset. While discussing asset tokenization in a previous article, I also mentioned the value of an instance economy in democratizing finance, commerce and global access, as well as in creating a broader global marketplace at a scale never before seen.

With digital assets and their fungibility in a blockchain ecosystem, there are various drivers of valuation. These include: 1) tokens based on crypto economic models that are driven by supply and demand, and the utility of the network; 2) nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which have an intrinsic value such as identification, diplomas and healthcare records — essentially, tokens that are simple proof validations of the existence, authenticity and ownership of digital assets; and 3) fungible tokens that are valued on various bases, such as the sum total of economic activity in the network (cryptocurrency), its utility (smart contracts and transaction network processing), assigned values (stable coins and security tokens), and so on.

In this article, I address the complex issue of the hyperbolic and rapid rise of NFTs, after a similarly meteoric rise of decentralized finance, or DeFi, creating amazing innovations — with immense promise of democratization, new business models and global marketplaces with global access — all fueled by the basic premise of decentralization and fundamental constructs of tokenization and wallets. While NFTs may be characterized as one-of-a-kind cryptographic tokens with some intrinsic value to a holder or to a market (art, collectibles), the NFT movement is indicative of a larger token revolution that will not only fuel massive innovation and growth in Web 3.0 protocols but also test the resolve of the DeFi movement, along with its ability to intersect and provide platforms and an exchange vehicle for all token types.

Growth in Web 3.0 protocols

The first two generations of web protocols were largely about disseminating information and connecting people. They fueled a massive growth in information and collaboration, and did wonders for connecting the world. However, those web protocols were never designed to move things of value. Also, as the Web 2.0 era reached its fullest potential, vulnerabilities such as “fake news” and the “batched relay” of the movement of assets via a series of intermediaries emerged. Threats to the commerce and financial infrastructure of the system risk destabilizing it.

Web 3.0 promises to safeguard all things we value: information, truth and digital assets — both fungible and nonfungible. Whereas Web 2.0 was driven by the advent of social, mobile and the cloud, Web 3.0 is largely built on three new layers of technological innovation: edge computing, decentralized data networks and artificial intelligence.

The growth of NFTs has not only empowered the ability for artists, skilled professionals and entrepreneurs to encapsulate innovation in a tokenized form but has also fueled the democratization of the platform as one of the promises of blockchain technology. The underlying infrastructure includes decentralized storage technologies, efficient consensus protocols, off-chain computing, and oracle networks to provide connectivity and validation to existing systems.

Collectively, the Web 3.0 set of technologies envisions a connected, trustless, accountable network for efficiently delivering value, thus crafting an infrastructure for things of worth. NFTs represent both transferable entities and nontransferable tokens that we value. The latter include things such as our identification, healthcare records and passports, things that represent us and allow us to participate in the digital economy with our own unique, digital identities.

As we dare to envision a shift toward a world with decentralized control, governance based on distributed technology that challenges every business model, and governance structure built upon centralized business frameworks, we do have to ponder some things. Not only the shift itself, but the motivation, incentive and monetization elements that fuel and power the economic infrastructure to move things that have value — thereby keeping up with our changing perception and subsequent realization of that value.

Intersecting with finance — DeFi

DeFi is the movement in the blockchain applications space that leverages decentralized network technology to disrupt and force a transformation of old financial products into trustless, transparent protocols, facilitating digital value creation and dissemination with few to no intermediaries. It is widely understood and accepted that — due to new synergies and co-creation via new digital interactions and value-exchange mechanisms — blockchain technology lays the foundation for a trusted digital transactional network that, as a disintermediated platform, fuels the growth of marketplaces and secondary markets.

While DeFi aims to deliver the promise of finance democratization, NFTs test the resolve of DeFi by delivering a competitive yet inclusive asset class, plus avenues to provide a medium of exchange, fungibility by other fungible asset classes, and liquidity to a traditionally illiquid market.

Asset classes resulting from DeFi protocols and NFTs avail themselves of the advantages of fractional ownership of the assets, blurring the lines between asset classes and using constructs like digital wallets as a receptacle for them. This is all supported by underlying layers of Web 3.0 that provide security and availability via decentralization, as well as trust and immutability via consensus, extending these principles to basic computer infrastructure like storage and interconnect.

Commercialization of Web 3.0 protocols, which manifest as fungible utility tokens, further blurs the lines with diverse financial innovation products introduced by DeFi (such as base assets and derivatives), products that are also tokenized. So, while decentralization is the underlying theme — and the wallet and the token are fundamental constructs — these blurring lines are quite profound.

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Nitin Gaur is the founder and director of IBM Digital Asset Labs, where he devises industry standards and use cases and works toward making blockchain for the enterprise a reality. He previously served as chief technology officer of IBM World Wire and of IBM Mobile Payments and Enterprise Mobile Solutions, and he founded IBM Blockchain Labs where he led the effort in establishing the blockchain practice for the enterprise. Nitin is also an IBM Distinguished Engineer and an IBM Master Inventor with a rich patent portfolio. Additionally, he serves as research and portfolio manager for Portal Asset Management, a multi-manager fund specializing in digital assets and DeFi investment strategies.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Accept Dogecoin (DOGE) Payments for Space Missions

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After Tesla’s moe of accepting Bitcoin (BTC) payments, Elon Musk’s space exploration SpaceX announced that it is will accepting Dogecoin (DOGE) payments for its pace missions. This comes just a day after Elon Musk called Dogecoin a “hustle” triggering a 30% price crash over the weekend.

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Is Musk trying to do damage control here? Maybe or maybe not! Whatever it is, this news is pretty exciting for all DOGE investors in the market. The announcement for “the DOGE-1 Mission to the Moon” was made by the Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC).

The mission involves flying a 40KG cube satellite of the Falcon 9 rocket that will carry “lunar-spatial intelligence and computational systems” on board. The mission launch is scheduled for Q1 of 2022 and so SpaceX also plans to start accepting DOGE payment during the same period. Here’s what Elon Musk tweeted upon launching Dogecoin to the moon.

Although GEC announced the DOGE-funded mission, it has not exactly said how much that would cost. Speaking about this new synergy between crypto and space missions, SpaceX Vice President of Commercial Sales Tom Ochinero said:

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“This mission will demonstrate the application of cryptocurrency beyond Earth orbit and set the foundation for interplanetary commerce. We’re excited to launch DOGE-1 to the Moon!”

Solidifying DOGE’s Market Position

Well, last week, Elon Musk’s SNL tweet drove DOGE price to an all-time high of $0.71 with its market cap reaching $94 billion. Just before the SNL event over the weekend, Elon Musk had warned about the higher valuations. As it happened, during Musk’s SNL show appearance, the DOGE price crashed as much as 30% over the weekend, after Musk referred to it as the “hustle”.

Even at price time, DOGE continues to trade 16% down at a price of $0.54 and a market cap of $70 billion. It is still trading 10% positive on the weekly chart. Also, the recent SpaceX announcement seems to have little impact in turning the tide for Dogecoin.

One thing is sure that such announcements will certainly solidify DOGE’s market position and acceptance. With the recent announcement, Geometric Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Samuel Reid said:

“Having officially transacted with DOGE for a deal of this magnitude, Geometric Energy Corporation and SpaceX have solidified DOGE as a unit of account for lunar business in the space sector”.

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Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

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The Transfer Token’s (TTT) Migrating to a DeFi Token Protocol

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Atom Solutions Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Atom Solutions), developers of the cryptocurrency trading and overseas remittance platform “Eternal Wallet”, has announced that its in-house developed token, The Transfer Token, will migrate to a DeFi token protocol.

The Transfer Token (hereinafter referred to as TTT) is a token issued by Atom Solutions. The most exceptional feature is that by holding and lending TTT on our platform “Eternal Wallet”, developed alongside TTT, users are eligible for gaining dividends distribution.

Regarding the dividend distribution within the wallet, during an open beta test conducted from January through February, Atom Solutions recorded the below values:

・In the case of holding TTT within Eternal Wallet: 98% yearly

・In the case of lending out TTT into The Pool within Eternal Wallet: 218% yearly

The migration of TTT to a DeFi token protocol was largely born out of feedback gathered from the beta test.

This is essential in strengthening security, and preventing misconduct and data manipulation by specific operators and/or third-party attackers. By migrating the core of Eternal Wallet, the element that covers “The world’s highest received amount when remitting overseas”, to blockchain, Atom Solutions aims to provide a system with high transparency.

DeFi (Decentralized Finance) refers to the various financial services that can be provided upon the blockchain through utilizing smart contracts.

The financial services offered by DeFi encompass various sectors such as loans, insurance, exchanges, hedge funds, derivatives, prediction markets, etc. Also, unlike a centralized system with an intermediary is unnecessary, it has the feature of being a swift yet secure method of making a transaction. This notable difference from traditional financial systems has made it a focal point of interest in recent years.

Moreover, with DeFi, due to being operated on the blockchain, it has the benefits of cutting costs, increased composability and accessibility, and high transparency.

Atom Solutions, from here on forward, by further increasing the presence of TTT within the DeFi ecosystem, aims to further expand on the convenience and profitability of the services’ users.

In addition, in conjunction with this, the company has also updated the Whitepaper regarding TTT. Click here for more information.

About Atom Solutions

Atom Solutions is a Japanese FinTech corporation with 10 years of experience and achievements since its conception. In addition to abundant expertise in financial and technology sectors, we have filed for and obtained several patents related to our lending and Pool functions and much more. Armed with these we aim to realize “The world’s highest received amount upon overseas remittance”.

In our sights is not only Japan, not only Asia, but all countries across the globe. In the near future we aim to expand the number of countries where our services can be used worldwide and intend to deliver the best possible service to our users.

Location: 5F Sei Bi Do Bldg, 2-31-16 Eitai Kouto-Ku, Tokyo

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Kraken Daily Market Report for May 09 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $3.39 billion, 25% higher than the 30-day average of $2.71 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $921.3 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Dogecoin (-11%), Bitcoin (-1.1%), Ethereum (+0.3%), Tether (-0.05%), and Cardano (+9,0%).
  • Great returns from Litecoin (+12%) and Cardano (+9.0%).

May 09, 2021 
 $3.39B traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
XDG 
$0.5702 
↓11% 
$1.12B
XBT 
$58293. 
↓1.1% 
$808.0M
ETH 
$3927.0 
↑0.3% 
$687.9M
USDT 
$1.001 
↓0.05% 
$347.6M
ADA 
$1.7691 
↑9.0% 
$184.5M
XRP 
$1.5366 
↓1.8% 
$96.9M
LTC 
$388.21 
↑12% 
$76.6M
USDC 
$0.9998 
↓0.02% 
$69.8M
DOT 
$40.346 
↑1.0% 
$59.1M
ETC 
$118.97 
↓7.5% 
$58.9M
LINK 
$52.301 
↑7.3% 
$50.3M
BCH 
$1428.7 
↑2.0% 
$31.2M
FLOW 
$27.5 
↓4.0% 
$29.0M
EOS 
$10.534 
↑1.7% 
$26.5M
TRX 
$0.1430 
↓0.14% 
$21.1M
SC 
$0.0394 
↓2.8% 
$19.3M
XLM 
$0.6287 
↑2.3% 
$17.5M
XMR 
$484.44 
↑1.7% 
$12.5M
QTUM 
$27.248 
↑5.9% 
$10.6M
KSM 
$450.93 
↑3.6% 
$10.3M
DASH 
$406.54 
↓0.9% 
$7.72M
ATOM 
$28.783 
↓2.5% 
$7.55M
XTZ 
$7.1008 
↑1.6% 
$7.22M
FIL 
$146.26 
↓1.3% 
$7.05M
ALGO 
$1.5153 
↓0.4% 
$6.81M
UNI 
$39.518 
↓2.6% 
$6.41M
WAVES 
$31.746 
↓2.3% 
$6.33M
OMG 
$11.628 
↓2.1% 
$5.44M
DAI 
$1.0015 
↑0.04% 
$5.41M
NANO 
$9.4387 
↓2.9% 
$4.26M
AAVE 
$460.04 
↓1.2% 
$4.18M
STORJ 
$2.1611 
↓3.0% 
$3.96M
ZEC 
$305.02 
↓3.4% 
$3.84M
MANA 
$1.4924 
↑3.4% 
$3.82M
OCEAN 
$1.5112 
↑1.4% 
$3.79M
KAVA 
$6.153 
↓2.1% 
$3.22M
GRT 
$1.5394 
↓2.8% 
$2.64M
GNO 
$275.90 
↓6.3% 
$2.64M
LSK 
$8.2803 
↓2.1% 
$2.47M
ICX 
$2.6508 
↓0.7% 
$2.46M
BAT 
$1.4148 
↓1.0% 
$2.38M
COMP 
$771.12 
↓1.4% 
$1.9M
OXT 
$0.6504 
↓2.4% 
$1.8M
CRV 
$3.444 
↓3.7% 
$1.41M
SNX 
$17.79 
↓3.6% 
$1.39M
KEEP 
$0.5876 
↓5.1% 
$1.31M
KNC 
$3.3837 
↓2.0% 
$1.28M
ANT 
$10.208 
↓0.4% 
$1.17M
BAL 
$66.46 
↓3.8% 
$1.12M
YFI 
$53466. 
↓1.5% 
$1.12M
REP 
$45.586 
↓2.9% 
$1.07M
EWT 
$14.222 
↑4.2% 
$1.01M
PAXG 
$1898.5 
↑1.4% 
$926K
MLN 
$105.15 
↓3.6% 
$512K
REPV2 
$45.438 
↓6.4% 
$199K
TBTC 
$60059. 
↓0.23% 
$40.0K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (May 09 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 09 2021)



Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 09 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (May 09 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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