Article: Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

Crypto, Decentralized Internet, Digital Content, Web 3.0

Money Reimagined: NFTs Can Help Create a New Internet

In establishing digital scarcity via one-of-a-kind tokens, and in holding out the promise of peer-to-peer digital media exchanges, NFTs hint at new approaches for media companies and brands to engage directly with their audiences without the intermediation of the platforms.

NFTs pose their own ownership issues. Many buyers are discovering they don’t really own the art or content to which they are attached.

And, as Khloe Kardashian’s bikini photo saga shows, it’s very hard to stop the replication of content, especially when it’s going viral. NFTs can’t physically stop or control the copying of digital content.

However, we can establish standards assuring that special rights to NFT-associated content are not controlled by a separate custodial platform but are assigned to the token owner and  cryptographically bundled with the token itself so they can be easily transferred to the buyer with each downstream sale.

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Article: Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

Autonomous Internet

Interoperable connected LED lighting remains a pipe dream — for now

The Bluetooth mesh community has made more progress indoors than I foresaw as possible. We recently covered an indoor Bluetooth mesh project covering a 22-story office building with one network — no gateways or servers required. EMC, Silvair, and McWong combined on the project. And additional energy savings beyond LED installation covered the ROI. That’s progress. But the project was based on the use of McWong sensors/controllers throughout and uniformity came based on the fact that the mainly commercial-use office space was served by identical troffers throughout.

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Article: DALI Alliance defines gateway specs to Bluetooth and Zigbee wireless networks

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DALI Alliance defines gateway specs to Bluetooth and Zigbee wireless networks

“The standardized gateway between DALI lighting products and Bluetooth mesh lighting control networks will further accelerate the adoption of advanced IoT-enabled intelligent lighting systems,” said Mark Powell, CEO of the Bluetooth SIG. “Providing valuable energy efficiencies and a more comfortable and productive experience for occupants, these sensor-rich lighting systems will also enable more efficient operation of other building systems, including HVAC and security.”

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Article: ‘Naturally decentralized’ island nations like Tuvalu are perfect for blockchain ledgers, says forum

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‘Naturally decentralized’ island nations like Tuvalu are perfect for blockchain ledgers, says forum

One of the most important factors in achieving success in their various projects was local involvement, all participants agreed. While it was possible for island nations with small, dispersed populations to “leapfrog” others in their digital ledger infrastructure, their solutions must be based on close community consultation and by studying their specific needs. This way, introducing a radical new technology would avoid being seen as a new form of colonization, or trying to shoehorn unsuitable solutions into skeptical markets.

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Article: A cure for copyright ills? NFTs promise to empower creative economies

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A cure for copyright ills? NFTs promise to empower creative economies

NFTs’ main value proposition is that by creating a unique, blockchain-backed record of each unit of creative work, they can not just encode the sense of its authenticity and scarcity but also enable artists to lay down and enforce the rules around copyright transfer, usage and monetization. G-J van Rooyen, co-founder of blockchain content protection firm Custos Media Technologies, commented to Cointelegraph:

“First, NFTs allow us to securely trace the transfer of rights — in the same way as a Bitcoin payment securely traces the transfer of funds. Second, NFTs can provide perpetual support to creators. For example, an NFT could specify that creators should be rewarded each time an asset is resold at a higher value.”

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Article: Crypto mining will be a bridge to 100% renewable energy production, says Mike Colyer

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Crypto mining will be a bridge to 100% renewable energy production, says Mike Colyer

Speaking at the Crypto Mining Forum online event on Tuesday, Colyer said he believes that as major energy companies see the economic benefits of mining cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC), it may lead to a restructuring of both capital and operations. Calling Bitcoin mining “a great stabilizer” for the power grid, the Foundry Digital CEO said the technology could become a “bridge between the current energy production and a world where 100% of our energy is produced from renewables.”

“Bitcoin mining provides a steady base load, and yet, it’s still intermittent to allow grids stability,” said Colyer. “This creates a really powerful economic dynamic for renewable energy products.”

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Article: NFTs by mail? US Postal Service plans to support postage tokens

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NFTs by mail? US Postal Service plans to support postage tokens

In an announcement on Tuesday, communications-as-a-service platform CaseMail said the USPS had certified its postage nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, for use in the United States. The tokens are digitally stamped on the USPS’ ePostage labels and the physical item being mailed, creating a verifiable chain of custody for digital and physical assets, as all data is recorded on the blockchain.

CaseMail’s use case for NFTs is part of a seemingly larger trend for companies to incorporate real-world data on tokens. This year, individuals and technology firms have used NFTs to geotag street art and develop a device capable of recording and encrypting temperature, air quality and other data to tokens in a proof-of-presence verification.

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Article: So many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

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So many people don't have internet — and it's not their fault - Social GoodSo many people don’t have internet — and it’s not their fault

The pandemic has proven that consistent access to high-speed internet is an essential good. Without it, urgent tasks like applying for unemployment, attending school, scheduling a vaccine appointment, and seeing loved ones are difficult or impossible. Those who’ve finally gotten connected during the pandemic say it provides a sense of normalcy and safety amidst crisis. Advocates of equitable access say the internet is no luxury but instead a utility like water, gas, or electricity, and that Americans like Wright shouldn’t be left behind to bridge the digital divide on her own.

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Article: Growth hacker uses crypto to help the unhoused

Crypto, Cultural Intelligence

Growth hacker uses crypto to help the unhoused

On March 20, the growth hacker set up posters on Wall Street with crypto expert Eloisa Marchesoni and listened to business pitches from unhoused individuals, many of whom don’t have the ability to apply for a loan through traditional banks. Arcaro approved 12.5 ETH — roughly $22,000 at the time of publication — in loans, with an average of 0.5 ETH going to each person.

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Article: Could LEGO be hopping on the NFT train?

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Could LEGO be hopping on the NFT train?Could LEGO be hopping on the NFT train?

The LEGO Group, a toy manufacturer best known for its popular interlocking plastic bricks, hinted it may be getting into the latest craze in the crypto space.

On Wednesday, the official LEGO Twitter account posted (and then quickly deleted) a message referencing non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, along with a short video clip. The tweet, which read “zeros and ones but still a brick” along with the NFT hashtag could imply that the famous toy manufacturer is considering entering the crypto space once again.

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