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Technology trends with the potential to make humans happier

It was the beginning of September, autumn was coming in Prague, when I attended Tech Conference Europe organized by PICANTE. The publishing website picks the latest news about technology, finance, …

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It was the beginning of September, autumn was coming in Prague, when I attended Tech Conference Europe organized by PICANTE. The publishing website picks the latest news about technology, finance, and many other topics that resonate today.

If you asked me why to attend any tech conference, I would say – to meet interesting people and get inspired. Events like this one are an amazing opportunity to broaden your horizons and discover what’s going on in the industry.

Picante conference focused on different fields such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Virtual Reality (VR). When it comes to technology I’m always fascinated by how tech evolution affects human lives and potentially our future. Let’s take a look at three topics that deal with such interactions, and I find them worth sharing.

Labor in the age of AI and automation

Panel discussion on AI and its use by startups and SMEs demonstrated that AI is one of the hottest subjects across different businesses and industries. The panelists talked about the AI’s use in general. They also touched on some basic misconceptions, which often come up when the subject is discussed. For example, “AI technology is going to replace all jobs”.

There is no doubt automation has the potential to significantly change labor. However, it doesn’t mean the ultimate transfer of labor from humans to machines. As Aleksander Kijek (Chief Product Officer at Nethone) remarked, AI technology can be an opportunity for people to be happier. 

Automation promises a reduction of day-to-day aspects of the work which give us more options for spending time productively. Why would we have to work five days a week? Humans are creative, AI isn’t (yet). If we leave some routine activities to AI, humans can work in smarter ways and expand their creative thinking.

Another frequently occurring misconception is that only manual workers will be replaced by AI. In fact, AI-equipped robots are replacing also highly educated and trained professionals such as lawyers. Obviously, there are aspects of every job that are less likely to be automated. For a lawyer, this could be presenting in a court, while AI could be used to scan thousands of documents. Potentially, we would have more time for “AI-irreplaceable” activities to become more competent at them. 

On the other hand, a lawyer Vojtech Chloupek (Partner at Bird & Bird) raised his concerns on how we train experts if we skip simple duties. For example, in legal practice, beginners draft simple documents and they become experts step-by-step. But what will happen if we replace this kind of routine “junior tasks” by robots?

Cyborgs and revealed reality through new senses

Even a few weeks after the conference, I consider remarkable the fireside chat with Manel Muñoz who developed and installed barometric sensors in his body. This new organ allows him to feel atmospheric pressure changes through beats at different speeds in his skull (you may notice a small “device” on his nape). However, as Manel remarked, it’s his new organ and sense, not a wearable device. 

“With the barometric sense, I perceive the arrival of cyclones and anticyclones via different beats transmitted through the skull.”  

It’s hard to imagine what “to feel atmospheric changes” actually means. Manel played us an audio record of the sounds (noises) he can hear. A young lady from the audience compared it to what a baby hears in a mother’s belly during pregnancy. 

If you know anything about cyborgs, you have probably heard about Neil Harbisson who is the first legally recognized cyborg. If you (by some miracle) haven’t, I recommend his TEDx talk “I listen to color”. In 2010, Neil co-founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that helps humans become cyborgs and defends their rights. In 2017, Manel co-founded an association Transpecies Society which is the latest project of the foundation. 

Among other things, the association offers workshops specialized in the design and creation of new senses and organs. In contrast with the past, humans can decide what organs and senses they want to have. 

There is no doubt 22 years old Manel, with an authentic style and charisma, has an exceptional story to tell. A phrase “be yourself” does not sound like a cliche in his case.

First steps into a parallel virtual reality universe

Blockchain and its growing use was one of the key topics of the conference. Several panel discussions and presentations were devoted to this phenomenon and its applications throughout various business areas.

I was most impressed by the talk of Artur Sychov (Founder and CEO at Somnium Space) who spoke about their VR platform. Somnium Space is an open, social VR world with its own economy and currency powered by blockchain. 

VR is one of those technologies that are changing the way we live and socialize. You can simply change your job, appearance or gain new social experience. As Arthur said, not everyone is blessed to have a great life in the real world. That’s probably why we are so fascinated by tricking our brain and building alternative lives. 

Somnium Space is a constantly changing virtual environment which can be explored by thousands of people at the same time. The key principle is virtual ownership so it’s not just “a pixel game”. For a few hundred dollars you can buy your own land parcel. Moreover, it brings an opportunity not only to build and express yourself but also to monetize everything you create. So how about building a theme park and charging it? You can also enjoy creations of other users by buying their products, properties or services (Somnium Space will take a share of every transaction).

Live forever mode” is the cherry on the cake. For a monthly fee, everything you do and say is recorded to post-process this information in the future and recreate your behavior and personality using AI.

Let’s sum it up

Technology is an incredibly fast changing and developing area, and all of the mentioned topics are still in progress. Maybe AI and automation will give us more time to explore real world. Maybe we will extend our senses and our experience of the reality gets even much deeper. And maybe it will still not be enough and we will run to parallel virtual worlds more and more often.

Let’s see what the future holds.

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PARSIQ Integrated Into Polkadot For Smart Triggers Across the Relay Chain

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[PRESS RELEASE – Tallinn, Estonia, 11th May 2021]

PARSIQ, a platform that monitors data and automation across blockchains, bridging both on and off-chain apps and sending out user alerts once transactions are executed, now offers compatibility for smart triggers with the Polkadot Relay Chain.

A smart trigger is effectively a smart contract that is deployed into the PARSIQ ecosystem. It allows triggers from external chains to be passed to off-chain systems. It collects data across a variety of chains in real-time and then constructs an indexed composition of actions in any one chain in the process of reverse-engineering. It can validate and process a huge amount of real-time data simultaneously via its distributed data management layer by utilizing chain-specific feature extraction.

Building a Bridge

PARSIQ shares the same ideology as Polkadot, which is to bridge data across a huge network of chains, leaving all chains completely equal to one another, where each chain has its own personal real-world uses and strengths. This is a model which builds strength from numbers and enhances usability by combining the entire group of chains into one strong network.

PARSIQ, rather than being a chain itself, is the bridge between the chains and between off-chain applications too. Developers can build their own smart triggers using PARSIQ. These smart triggers react to events, plus they are able to store and alter data and also to learn from the data as they grow.

The platform, in addition to monitoring data and creating alerts, can also be used to deploy bots, as well as for areas like monitoring AML, performing automated accounting, and more. Each developer’s data stream is completely unique with its own branding retaining as well as its pricing structure, even while it is growing and learning from the entire network.

PARSIQ is now integrated across all of the major blockchains, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Solana, Celo, Dash, and Algorand, to give users a way to simplify the automation of all their processes and applications off-chain, on-chain, and even across Layer-2 chains.

About PARSIQ

PARSIQ’s smart triggers have far-reaching functionality, including monitoring transactions, assets are withdrawn from a user, sent to other users, transfers exceeding a pre-set level, and many more. Developers can use the PARSIQ platform to build their own smart triggers for data workflow automation, storage, and learning here:

https://portal.parsiq.net/signup

Examples of workflows include:

Alerts of DOT transactions as they happen

Bridging events in the Polkadot Relay Chain (as well as other chains) with a simple user interface

Monitor data flow and create advanced analytics from the data

Alerting to strong potential trades

Usage for traders, platforms, and market researchers to build strong, data-backed pictures of the markets.

About Polkadot

Created by one of Ethereum’s founders, Dr. Gavin Wood Polkadot’s goal is to take blockchains to a state closer to Web3, where all on-chain activity is shared across a variety of chains. It is an intersection capable of translating architecture into one heterogeneous language for customizing side chains to connect with public blockchains.

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Raze Network Kicks Off Testnet Phase With UI Community Voting

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[PRESS RELEASE – Singapore, Singapore, 11th May 2021]

Raze Network, the first Polkadot-based privacy protocol, is bracing to engage community members with our first testnet. Early birds will be able to provide feedback on the quality, function, and overall experience of the Polkadot-based privacy protocol.

This huge milestone clears the way for ‘Razers’ and collaborators to easily test drive the newest features and allows plenty of maturation time for these new features to be fully tested.

Our team already started designing the user interface of the privacy protocol we promised to launch. However, we want to resort to the collective wisdom of our community on how to actually bring this to realization, thus launching this UI Community Voting Campaign.

The beta testnet marks the latest step forward in Raze Network’s overall mission to enable the broader community to contribute to the evolution of our trustless decentralized privacy protocol.

Raze Network’s applications present the decentralized finance (DeFi) community with a cross-chain middleware solution on Polkadot for concealing transactions when operating on decentralized exchanges.

With a clear vision and solid use-case, the protocol-based solution leverages the Polkadot ecosystem to offer the required privacy layer for the crypto sphere. The privateness protocol aims to guard anonymity for all the DeFi stack on the Polkadot.

To achieve higher participation during the testnet, Raze Network is organizing a number of events, competitions, and challenges to encourage participants to actively test critical components of our ecosystem. Specifically, we will airdrop 1,000 $RAZE tokens to 10 lucky voters based on how many entries they generated to vote for the best UI style.

$RAZE is set to be the lifeblood of the Raze Network, designed as a utility token to represent participation in the ecosystem.

The launch of Raze Network’s UI testnet comes on the heels of several other recent milestones, including a robust set of developer resources and partnerships that continues to expand.

Just in April, we announced the strategic listing of Raze token on the popular DeFi platform, Uniswap. This listing closely follows our completed triple IDO event on three launchpads.

Interestingly, apart from going live on DEX exchanges, $RAZE tokens will also soon be listed on several tier-1 centralized exchanges.

This networked testnet release allows Raze to continue working with our partners towards the mass adoption of decentralized applications and smart contracts.

Since its inception, Raze Network sought to develop an infrastructure that is easy to understand and smooth to navigate. One where even new users can reap the benefits of a cross-chain middleware solution for anonymous transactions, payments trading, and mining.

Although the token launch is done, the real work starts. Most recently, we have completed the development of mint, transfer, and redeem contracts in Solidity. Currently, we are testing how to deploy these contracts on EVM.

Also, the major front-end and client modules that can invoke the aforementioned contracts have been developed.

About Raze Network

Raze Network is a Substrate-based cross-chain privacy protocol for the Polkadot ecosystem. It is built as a native privacy layer that can provide end-to-end anonymity for the entire DeFi stack. The Raze Network applies zk-SNARKs to the Zether framework to build a second-layer decentralized anonymous module.

It will then be imported as a Substrate-based smart contract. The objective of Raze Network is to enable cross-chain privacy-preserving payment and trading systems while protecting the transparency of your assets and behaviors from surveillance.

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First Spot: Coinbase’s App Surpassed TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook on iOS in the US

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Coinbase’s mobile application has become the most popular app on iOS in the US. With its rise to the top, it has surpassed some highly utilized applications like TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Coinbase Tops US iOS Chart

According to data from SensorTower, the mobile application of the largest US crypto exchange has taken the first spot in terms of the most popular free apps on iOS in the country.

The app enabling users to buy, sell, or simply hold various digital assets has climbed with several spots in the past few weeks.

As of writing these lines, TikTok – the Chinese video-sharing social networking giant that saw the light of day in 2016 takes the second spot.

Further down the list is YouTube, followed by other social media giants like Instagram and Facebook. Interestingly, Robinhood’s app is not even in the top ten. The iOS application of the financial services company takes the 12th spot.


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It’s worth noting that the top 50 free iOS applications have two Coinbase representatives. The exchanges’ wallet app is the 46th most popular application, which places it ahead of Uber, Google Drive, and Microsoft Teams.

Coinbase’s Rise

Taking the aforementioned first spot only validates Coinbase’s popularity boost in the past year or so. The company took full advantage of the ongoing crypto bull market, which has seen prices exploding.

Consequently, the firm reported a massive increase in terms of user base, volume, and revenue in the first quarter of 2021.

These impressive results came shortly before Coinbase became a publicly traded company. As CryptoPotato reported in mid-April, the firm’s shares (COIN) launched on the giant US exchange – Nasdaq.

Although some of the early backers sold off their stocks and prices suffered in the month that followed, Coinbase only intensified its aggressive expansion. In the latest endeavor, the firm agreed to acquire Skew – the popular crypto analytics company.

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