HypeArt Partners with FVCKRENDER to Release Its First-Ever NFT

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HypeArt has teamed up with FVCKRENDER to release the media mainstay’s first-ever collaborative NFT that takes inspiration from HYPEBEAST’s print magazine covers. Entitled ‘FVCK_HYPEBEAST//’, the artist created a brand-new CG art featuring crystallized florals with ‘HYPEBEAST’ text imposed on the digital cover.

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Frederic Duquette, aka FVCKRENDER, is the leading digital artist from Montreal known for his 3D loops of alien subjects to undulating forms inspired by architectural geometry. Duquette reinterprets HYPEBEAST’s iconic print magazine cover with elements from his metaverse from the last few years such as crystallized flowers, hands and chains. The flowers symbolize growth where the hands represent generosity while the chains recall the spirit of community and working together. When all of these elements are combined, the resulting animation is a magnetic force from an otherworldly realm that celebrates the still-evolving technology surrounding digital art.

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This joint work signals the start of ongoing NFT partnerships between the publication and leading artists in the global contemporary art sector. HypeArt aims to launch more narrative-focused NFTs that tell in-depth stories between the collaborators in the near future.

This one of one NFT artwork will be available for bidding from October 29 through November 5 exclusively on HypeArt and listed on OpenSea. A reserve price of 1 ETH will be set for the digital piece.

About Hypebeast Ltd

Hypebeast Ltd. started from a sneaker website founded by Kevin Ma in 2005 to a publicly listed media company in 2016. With a total reach of over 44.6M users across all platforms, The media group boasts a global readership across Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and more, with the flagship platform available in five languages. The group has expanded its publishing brands to a wider scope in recent years, encompassing Hypebeast and its multiple content distribution platforms, HBX, our e-commerce and retail platform, and Hypemaker, our global agency.

About FVCKRENDER

Frederic Duquette, better known as FVCKRENDER, notably uses a wide range of tools found within Cinema 4D software — heralded as the industry standard for 3D modeling — to create futuristic landscapes, crystalline arrangements and all sorts of hallucinatory renderings. It’s only been five years since Duquette started developing digital-based projects, but he has already built an immense portfolio of both personal and commission-based projects, especially in the NFT space.

Since 2016, the artist has challenged himself to develop a render each day and share it on his social media accounts. His work has evolved over the years, attracting a slew of leading major brands and artists to commission him for collaborations, including Dior, Lil Nas X, and in 2020, Supreme had commissioned the artist for original graphics to be featured on the label’s 2020 Spring tees.

Huawei’s Commitment For A Carbon Neutral Future At BWS’ Green ICT For Green Development

The world is witnessing an increasing demand for wireless networks, projecting an unprecedented rise in data traffic in the near future. Tech advancements made to satisfy this demand should go in sync with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by the ICT industry. As part of their social responsibility to grow in a sustainable manner, Huawei committed at the Better World Summit (Dubai, October 18) to incorporating green development as a key pillar of their business operations.

Huawei, one of the leading global providers of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, hosted the Better World Summit (BWS) in partnership with Informa Tech in Dubai on October 18, 2021. The event marked both companies’ commitment to green development, especially in the areas of ICT related technologies. Throughout the event, both companies’ representatives laid out a battery of green, sustainable and more efficient tech solutions to cut carbon emissions drastically, including the creation of a platform to that end.

And that would be only possible thanks to a collaborative effort of the network industry, materialized in the BWS under the Network Carbon Intensity (NCI) initiative, proposed jointly by the two companies back in June 2021. “With our innovative products and solutions, we will help operators cut carbon emissions and make their networks more energy efficient. We also want to work with operators and use ICT to better enable other industries to cut carbon emissions and become carbon neutral faster.” Bob Cai, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei’s Carrier Business Group.

Bob Cai went on to assure that Huawei has set out on a mission to bring industry partners and operators together. For the CMO, this is a key step to share their latest and innovative technology and practices, cutting down carbon emissions and contributing to a greener ICT industry.

Taking place in the thriving city of Dubai The Better World Summit: Green ICT for Green Development gathered world-recognized speakers such as Richard Mahony, Vice President of Service Provider Markets of Informa Tech; Dr. Dena Assaf, UN Resident Coordinator of the United Arab Emirates; Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, Corporate Communications SVP of Etisalat; Hervé Suquet, Group Energy SVP of Orange; Dirk Karl, Chief Procurement Officer of MTN; and Tanveer Mohammad, SVP of Global Operation of Telenor, and more.

The Role of the ICT Industry: Building Greener Network Solutions

While delivering his keynote speech “Green 5G Lights the Way to a Low Carbon Future ” Aaron Jiang, Vice President of Wireless Product Line, Huawei, presented the promising aspects of 5G technology as a rapidly emerging innovative engine to drive the growth of wireless networks.

He emphasized that: “In this context, we must innovate equipment, sites, and networks from end to end, to build green 5G networks that will facilitate low-carbon development”.

5G has become an essential wireless technology for industries, allowing for:

1) Enhanced Mobile Broadband, which enables faster data speeds as total capacity is expanded. This helped the introduction of first-edition 5G smartphones and fixed wireless access (FWA) services;

2) Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Connectivity, which is essential for autonomous driving, industrial automation and remote medical assistance applications; and

3) Massive Machine Type Control, which ensures 5G mobile networks are able to connect millions of devices per square kilometre – essential for the development of connected smart cities of the future.

Making this technology more efficient and greener is thus key to Huawei’s mission. The company is working hard towards that goal and has started to implement more efficient solutions in use cases all around the world.

Within that context, Huawei announced the flagship of their exhibition of various technological solutions for a greener future in “Innovation High Land” themed on “Lightning up the future” at Dubai, -that would remain open until the February of the next year-.

Mr. Cai told the delegates at the summit that, currently, the ICT industry enables other industries like coal mining, ports, manufacturing and agriculture, just to name a few. “ICT can make a great contribution to these industries to not only improve efficiency but to bring green solutions to realize carbon neutrality”.

For example, Huawei has deployed technologies like 5G, IoT, and cloud to agriculture in Switzerland to exemplify the application of technology for sustainable operations. To improve farmland management, it has partnered with others to use 5G empowered drones for targeted inspection of crops, intelligent computing, and control to reduce pesticide by about four-fifths, and herbicide use by half using AI on cloud. Mr. Cai assured that green ICT technologies will offer similar benefits to various other industries.

Tommy Stalden, Co-founder and General Partners of Giant Ventures, delegated the session “What a tech-enabled low carbon world looks like for consumers”. He lauded the technologies that Huawei showcased adding that it would help workers together even when they are apart.

R&D: Where The Green Tech Is Born

Huawei invests more than 10% of its sales revenue into R&D, pursuing innovations for continued improvements in efficiency. Its innovative solutions for telecom networks include algorithms for high-performance, technologies for effective heat dissipation, and the development of new materials. This promises to enhance energy efficiency in the telecom sector, as they showcased at the BWS.

With the aim to reduce its own carbon footprint, Huawei has installed a fully hydroelectric-powered R&D centre at Chengdu in Central China. Annually, while consuming 200mKWh of energy, it saves 177,000 tonnes of carbon. This is almost equal to planting 7.7 million trees. The company extends such efforts by assisting other organizations to cut their carbon emissions too.

Huawei also shared their Power 2.0 initiative at BWS. This is a result of its continuous innovation in the previous version of the software Power 1.0 (2018). After the success of its first version, this upgrade imparts a potentially more intelligent base station that can double its energy-saving performance. Aaron Jiang, Vice President of Wireless Product Line, Huawei commented, “Energy consumption is reduced by 25%, but KPIs are the same”.

Green Solutions At BWS

The company believes that end-to-end hardware innovation benefits in two ways- improving the energy efficiency of the device, and simplifying site construction in order to harness the maximum potential the site holds.

MetaAAU is one such hardware innovation to help the operators build green networks using an extremely large antenna array (ELAA). According to the field tests carried out in Hangzhou (China’s eastern Zhejiang), this reduces the power consumption by 30% while providing the same level of coverage.

Adding to the list, Mr. Jiang introduced Ultra-wideband RRU modules to integrate multiple single-band devices down into a single box with an ultra-compact form factor using ultra-wideband power amplifiers, advanced algorithms, and hardware units. This provides support for more bands and improves network coverage and capacity, without affecting power consumption.

The delegates learnt about the ultra-wideband RRU modules deployed 1800MHz and 2100MHz on top of the previous 2600MHz by a Russian operator, achieving a reduction in energy consumption by 16.4%, while improving the overall capacity by about 12%.

The company’s latest cabinet APM5950 can deploy outdoor sites with no requirement of equipment rooms or air conditioners, thereby reducing the overall site power consumption by 30%. This utilizes solar power to compensate for the main power consumption. This has been deployed in Greece, where the mains power consumption has been reduced by greater than 50%.

An intelligent innovation where service traffic collaborates with site hardware enabling it to adjust the power supply while maintaining the consumption efficiency, based on the traffic load, reduced the power consumption by 24% in Shanghai. Other features that enhance the optimal efficiency at the site operation include- service-adapted energy usage and service-driven smart temperature control.

One aspect of technology that could not draw much attention until recently has been achieving energy efficiency in antennas. Huawei has been achieving major breakthroughs here too. It has developed signal direct injection feeding (SDIF) technology through highly integrated design and advanced processing that is able to create a cable-free antenna structure. This facilitated a reduction in energy leak by the cables by eliminating about 100m cable length and eventually boosting its efficiency by 15%. Above that, with 20% lower transmit power, the same level of coverage could be achieved.

A Greener Commitment For The Future

According to the NCI initiative, proposed jointly by Huawei and Informa Tech, the new metric for green networks is the carbon emissions per bit of data used. Huawei believes that the pursuit of better lives must balance the need for lower carbon emissions. With BWS, Huawei takes a leap to realize its dream for green development.

Welcoming all industry partners and operators at the forum, Cai said, “At MWC Barcelona, 2022, Huawei will continue to hold a green development forum with its partners to share industry practices and latest solutions”.

 

TopGoal Partners With Big-Name Football Stars for Brand New NFT Player Card Series

Second series of footballer NFTs includes Alessandro Del Piero, Christian Vieri, and Gabriel Batistuta

TopGoal, a blockchain-based football game centered around collecting and trading officially licensed football highlights, has announced a second round drop of NFT player cards featuring some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

Football legends Alessandro Del Piero, Christian Vieri, and Gabriel Batistuta are the newest additions to TopGoal’s growing roster of superstars to be enshrined in NFT form through the platform. TopGoal’s first NFT drop was on Binance NFT in July, which included football icons Guti, Michael Owen, and Rivaldo. TopGoal has also partnered with Binance NFT for the second series.

TopGoal partners with famous football players, clubs, and institutions to create officially licensed, blockchain-backed NFT collectable cards, which can be bought and traded so fans can build their ultimate fantasy squad, collect the greatest moments from their favorite players, and even play the NFT cards in blockchain-empowered games which adopt the latest play-to-earn economic model.

The surging popularity of NFTs has led to this entirely new play-to-earn gaming paradigm known as GameFi, which blurs the line between players and investors. Players can now earn tokens or NFTs for their gaming, which often have corresponding real-world value, and can also be used in-game to further increase their rarity or value, or help power a game’s community.

Alessandro Del Piero is widely considered one of the greatest Italian footballers of all time, currently standing as the second highest top-scorer in all competitions, with 346 goals.

Christian Vieri was named in the FIFA 100 list, which includes the 125 greatest living footballers. During his career, Vieri was considered one of the best strikers in Europe, once holding the title as most expensive player ever, when Inter Milan paid Lazio €43 million for his services.

Gabriel Batistuta started his storied career playing in Argentina, but spent most of his playing days with Serie A club Fiorentina in Italy, where he remains their all-time leading scorer. He’s also the only player in football history to score two hat-tricks in different World Cups.

“Football is the most popular sport in the world and there are so many historical moments that deserve to be remembered. Bringing together NFTs and football can provide the chance for fans to collect these great moments of the players they support, build their fantasy squad and play the game with one-of-a-kind legendary football player cards. I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Del Piero.

“From what I know about NFT technology, it can help to easily validate the ownership of digital assets such as NFT game cards. One of the major problems with traditional cards is counterfeiting, as it can be very difficult to tell whether it is genuine or not. Even my autograph gets copied by counterfeiters and that’s not fair for fans! NFT technology can help to overcome this issue, while also allowing the cards to be used for playing games and other applications that support the technology. This seems very impressive to me. In my opinion, the combination of football with traditional star cards as well as the market for NFTs has got massive potential,” said ​​Michael Owen.

Huawei Connect 2021: The Event That Aims To Reimagine Digital

‘Reimagine digital’ is the slogan by which Huawei stands this year. Following in the tradition of Huawei Connect yearly events, the company is hosting a month-long series of panel talks from world-class experts unveiling everything the 4IR has to offer: from smart transportations, through green industry, to smart wireless networks. The event is to take place from the 23rd of September to 31st of October and can be streamed online, through the Huawei website live.

Huawei Connect 2021 is taking place from 23rd October to 31st October

On September 23, on the first day of the Huawei Connect 2021, the company revealed a White Paper called ‘Intelligent World 2030’ where it forecasted what the world would be like in ten years from now. Huawei’s Intelligent World 2030 report went through eight domains: healthcare, food, living spaces, transportation, cities, enterprises, energy, and digital trust. Powered by next-generation information technologies, health will be computable; people will enjoy higher quality of life; food production can be driven up by data; cities will become more livable; buildings will become greener; travel will become more convenient than ever; industries will become more intelligent; and trust will become more widespread in society.

“Digital technologies ranging from digital infrastructure, cloud computing, and blockchain will make cities more livable and city governance more efficient. Enterprises from countless industries will use more productive machines, such as collaborative robots, autonomous mobile robots, and digital employees. They will reshape our industrial and commercial models, and make companies more resilient,” commented David Wang, Executive Director and President of ICT Products & Solutions, Huawei, on the first day of the event.

These are the major pillars of what the event will be based on. A full month-long event that will look at how technological development will define our world for years to come. And that it will gather major personalities in their areas such as Ugo Valenti Vazquez, Smart City Expo World Congress, CEO; Dr. Margaret Hu, Huawei. Vice President, ICT Marketing Department; Zhao Zhiyun, President, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China; Wang Xiangwang, Member, Standing Committee of the Wuhan Municipal Committee, Hubei Province Secretary, Working Committee of Wuhan East Lake High-tech and Tao Jingwen, Board Member, CIO, Huawei among many others.

A Smart Transportation In Smarter Cities

The so-called 4IR – Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing our society. Part of this revolution pertains to how cities are innovating with transportations. The Smart Transportation set of technologies and concepts together with technologies like 5G, IoT, robotics and AI, and more. All these interconnected techs, working together as innovative solutions will be highlighted in Huawei’s Connect sessions.

A smart transportation network is clean and efficient. Reduced traffic congestion results in cleaner air, less wasted time and reduced energy consumption. And cities that are working to accommodate electric and, eventually, autonomous connected vehicles can expect to realize even greater environmental benefits.

Smart transportation is one of the focuses of 4IR

“Vehicles are the ultimate products of deep integration between the internet, big data, AI, and the real economy. Vehicles will be redefined by ICT and become more connected and intelligent. Intelligent connected vehicles will be a key pillar of intelligent transportation. They will also present challenges in terms of technology, policy, laws, and regulations. The standardization of intelligent vehicles is still underway, and we will continue innovating as we build intelligent connected vehicles,” mentioned Huawei’s Intelligent World 2030 contributor Prof. C.C. Chan, Founding President of the World Electric Vehicle Association, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering.

Smart Transportation is a part of a bigger picture and is a vision of a ‘Smart Society’ with the hook idea of ‘Smart cities’ at its center. Smart city technologies, including smart transportations, are already taking off worldwide and more of these technology and data driven ecosystems are definitely on the horizon globally.

The research and scientific organisation SingularityHub report that 1,000 smart city projects and pilots are underway or are in their final planning stages across most of the countries in the world.

Smart cities (and in this case smart transportations) are and will increasingly help us to be greener and will connect countless industries such as real estate, energy, transportation and more! When smart cities reach their peak, they will be able to self-run, and every single one of us will connect our data to the city we live in.

With the advent of the 4IR (4th industrial revolution) and with the data driven “information everywhere” community- concepts and infrastructure like smart transportation will be the critical element for cities, countries. Various key organisations are opening new opportunities to make the existing general transportation network systems and infrastructure far more efficient and user friendly.

A Green Revolution

Another interesting topic that will be covered in the Huawei Connect 2021 is the green revolution that the 4IR will inevitably bring about. With the rapid development of cloud, AI, and 5G, alongside the deeper implementation of new national infrastructure policies, the size and number of data centers are set to grow, exponentially increasing the energy consumption.

The “Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality” plan poses new energy conservation requirements on data centers. And as the ICT industry consumes more and more energy, how to significantly improve the energy efficiency of data centers, in turn reducing carbon emissions, has become a huge challenge. The Huawei Digital Power Data Center Facility Session presents new opportunities and solutions for data center development, prioritizing carbon peaks and carbon neutrality while exploring new trends in the industry.

“An “energy Internet” will emerge, with digital technologies connecting power generation, grids, load management, and storage, systematically reducing carbon emissions, and digitalizing the entire clean energy process. Blockchain, digital watermarking, and privacy-enhancing technologies will lay a solid foundation for a sustainable digital culture,” said David Wang.

In this context, Huawei released another white paper, called the Global Energy Transition and Zero Carbon Development that analyzes the key factors affecting energy transition, and proposes a new plan for the energy sector — building a net-zero intelligent energy system.

The said system focuses on interconnecting oil, gas, electricity, heat, and hydrogen systems, and aims to achieve secure, reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and clean energy. Anthony Hu , Chief Representative for Energy Transition (Carbon Neutrality), Global Energy Business Unit of Huawei Enterprise BG, said, “The architecture of the net-zero intelligent energy system will interconnect the energy system, carbon system, and ICT infrastructure as well as eventually converging energy, carbon, information, and value flows. Gradually, it will form a system with data at its core, promoting the digitalization of the energy industry.”

The urgency now is to go carbon neutral, which means achieving energy transformation and zero-carbon development as soon as possible. That is the goal Huawei is committed to achieve and its presence at the Better World Summit: Green ICT for Green Development, just reassure that commitment.

Advanced Wireless Connectivity

Moreover, the Wi-Fi 6 Advanced technology will play a pivotal role. In today’s digital era, how can we build intelligent, secure, and freely collaborative office and production environments for higher team creativity, more agile collaboration, higher production efficiency, and better product quality? Huawei CloudCampus Solution gives the best answer. It leverages high-quality enterprise-class Wi-Fi 6 Advanced technologies to offer speedy, stable, and smart fully wireless continuous experience. This eliminates issues such as poor wireless quality and discontinuous coverage. With this solution, enterprises can break down organizational boundaries and inspire more innovations.

Wifi 6 plays an important role in accelerating digital transformation

Connectivity will enable businesses to do more in the next decade as well. Enhanced broadband will make streaming, downloads, and data exchange lightning fast. Because they require less power, LPWANs can extend the battery life of the devices and sensors they connect, making it viable for the Internet of Things to scale up like never before. Ultra-low latency and strong security will create the confidence to run “mission-critical” applications that demand absolute reliability and responsiveness—even in vital infrastructure systems and in matters of life and death. LEO satellites could provide true global coverage.

Huawei has set out on a mission to lead the ICT set of technologies in the ongoing 4IR. Their strong focus on R&D -they invest more than 10% of its sales revenue into R&D, pursuing innovations for continued improvements in efficiency- powers a long-term strategy based on advanced technologies applied to real-world scenarios, making industries, businesses and nations greener, more efficient and connected than ever before.  “Together we can build a better, more sustainable, more tech-savvy future,” stated the company.

NFT Trading Activity Surged by 940% YoY, with the Number of Active Wallets Jumping to 179,000 in October

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Over the past few months, non-fungible tokens or NFTs have skyrocketed in popularity, drawing more and more attention from investors.

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According to data presented by BlockArabia.com, NFT trading activity surged by 940% YoY, with the number of active wallets reaching 179,000 last week.

Almost 60,000 New Active Wallets in Month and a Half

NFTs or non-fungible tokens have entirely taken over the blockchain space. From games to digital items like artwork, these virtual assets are quickly reaching more and more people.

However, before entering the market, the user should have an assigned NFT wallet to keep their collectibles. They can also use it to transfer NFTs for trading, selling, and buying tokens.

So far, there have been three major spikes in the number of active NFT users, considering the number of unique wallets that either bought or sold an NFT. The first moment, in December 2017, was connected to the popularity of collectible CryptoKitties, when the number of active wallets surged from 800 to over 56,000 in just three weeks. However, this figure dropped significantly in the following months and remained below 10,000 by January 2020.

Statistics show that last year witnessed a rise in the number of NFT users, with the number of wallets reaching 16,800 in October. By January 2021, this figure jumped to over 18,000.

The second major spike in NFT users happened in March when the number of wallets jumped to nearly 50,000 after media reported the largest NFT sales to date. That month, the digital artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold an NFT of his work for a staggering $69 million at Christie’s. According to the auction house, the sale positioned him among the top three most valuable living artists.

NFT trading activity more than doubled between July and August, with over 116,000 active wallets worldwide. This makes August 2021 the third moment of sudden growth in the market, most likely caused by sales in Axie Infinity, an NFT game that got immensely popular in Southeast Asia.

Statistics show the number of NFT users has continued surging since then, with almost 60,000 new active wallets in the last month and a half only, the biggest jump to date.

More than 425,000 NFT Primary Sales in a Month

The NFT primary market refers to the first sale of an artwork and indicates its baseline value. However, the secondary markets, including all subsequent resales, show a community’s interest and engagement with work, giving creators and collectors a sense of its true potential.

Statistics show the number of primary sales amounted to around 38,800 in October last year. By January, this figure jumped to 56,000 and continued rising. Between June and August, NFT primary sales witnessed a fourfold increase, with the total number surging from around 77,000 to 308,000 in this period.
Last week, the monthly number of NFT primary sales hit over 425,000, nearly 1,000% more than in the same month a year ago.

Statistics show the number of secondary or user-to-user sales increased nearly eleven times year-over-year and hit over 500,000 as of last week.

Susan Oh, Future of AI, Blockchain; Blockchain For Impact Global Summit @ UN HQ, Top 10 Frontier Women in Digital

Susan Oh is CMO for BeOmni by Beyond Imagination, the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robots, brainchild of by XPrize cofounder Harry Kloor, and inventor Ray Kurzweil (former Chief Scientist, Google) and the likes of Tony Robbins.

Susan is the recipient of the Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of the Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital and speaks around the world on the role of AI and blockchain in serving the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Susan Oh is an advisor and global ambassador to NeoFlow Asset Management, Impulse4Women. She is also the founder of Muckr AI (Abbreviation of Muck Record) AI, which uses machine learning to grade the trustworthiness of content based on source behaviour.

Susan Oh is a founding Board Member of the Blockchain Commission For Sustainable Development which has support from the Office of Partnerships UN GA General Assembly.

A former journalist since age 16 (CNBC, EIU, Newsweek), Susan Oh speaks around the world on digital financial inclusion, including at the UN GA, ITU, The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Maths and Sciences, and WEF Davos.

Susan Oh Interview Questions

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education…

2. Career highlights – what you did and what you are doing

3. Your present company/companies, organisations / major projects and focus?

4. Founder of Muckr AI (Abbreviation of Muck Record) AI, which uses machine learning to grade the trustworthiness of content based on source behaviour.

5. Can you tell us about BeOmni by Beyond Imagination, the world’s most advanced humanoid AI robot?

6. Can you tell us about your work as a founding Board Member of the Blockchain Commission For Sustainable Development which has support from the Office of Partnerships UN GA General Assembly?

7. You are an advisor and global ambassador to NeoFlow Asset Management, Impulse4Women. Can you tell us about these organizations?

8. Your work has been focused on financial inclusion models for value steps when using Al and blockchain – AI for automation, and blockchain in attempts for trustless systems for the transaction. Can you elaborate on this?


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Susan Oh Biography

Based in Badung, Bali, Indonesia, Susan Oh is a former journalist, a civic technologist in AI and blockchain and business executive. Susan speaks around the world on the importance of data sovereignty, blockchain and tokenomics, and for the responsible development of human-centric AI.

In this era of misleading disinformation and fake news, Susan founded MKR AI, a company that uses AI to flag disinformation. They use blockchain, offering token rewards to users who are invited to verify, annotate, and curate stories that have value. It is their hypothesis that the spread of disinformation is a problem of shareability, technology, and ideology, a great way to promote confirmation bias. MKR AI is an AI Partners Fund portfolio company, built by Crane AI, and trained by Trane AI.

Susan is a governing member of Blockchain For Impact at the UN General Assembly and is the recipient of The Quantum Impact Award #DecadeOfWomen in partnership with the UN GA as one of the Top Ten Frontier Women in Digital.

She started her career as a journalist and project manager at CNBC Asia after she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Ryerson University. She was a travel correspondent for Hong Kong Holiday Magazine and at the same time worked as a freelancer at Economist Intelligence Unit, Newsweek International, and The Independent based in Hong Kong.

She became associate editor for Maclean’s Magazine in 1999 and appeared weekly on-air at U8TV between 2001 and 2002. In the same year, she became Creative Writer at Oh! Communication in Toronto, worked as a reporter and producer for CBS Radio & TV, while she freelanced and travelled as an Entertainment writer. She joined Corus Entertainment in 2007 where she was a Creative Writer until 2007 when she again joined Oh! Communication as a Journalist and Advisor to Startups, where she still works today. In 2017, she worked on the AI Blockchain Industry at Trane AI and soon founded MKR AI in the same year.

Vision

About Robotics and The Future of Work

I’ve always said for years that I want robots to do the work that people don’t want to do, cannot do, or should never do. This is the stuff that is repetitive, needs speed and consistency over hundreds of thousands of steps, or is plain dangerous or unhealthy. I see robots freeing us from manual labour to let humans be more human and humane. That’s the hope. History won’t back me on this, but every hundred years, life does get better for all.

About UN SDGs, Climate Change And Tech for Good

The UN gave us Sustainable Development Goals — which is a framework, but poor as a  metric system. Metrics are data-focused and must be hyper localized. I’ve focussed on financial inclusion and to end slavery – and slavery I have a broad definition of, meaning you are working for free without reward for your personal benefit.

We’re not the first nor the only ones doing this, but with NFTs, Defi protocols and digital assets, it’s possible to come up with a more accurate valuation of upright trees to the global economy, using spectral satellite data for a carbon offset, specifies to areas by coordinates, even down to the trees. For landowners, this provides liquidity, and land stewards, better metrics to be able to harvest sustainably. And we, investors get to decide what holds value for us, not just as market makers and consumers.

Technology like AI and blockchain are only tools that can help productivity- that’s why I’ve also had to do a dive on business and revenue models as to who creates value, assesses that value, and partakes or benefits from the value created. Bad business models — like the ad revenue model — ruins perfectly good tech. It’s all how you use it.

The Future of Tech

I know what I’d like to see, and then balance it with what I’m seeing. In the long run, technology improves the quality of life and lifespan for all. In the short term, though, there will always be speculators and bad actors. The most critical factor is human and self-hacking. People, do your own research, learn as much as possible on your own, validate your assumptions through fellowship with others who are principally aligned with the world you want to create. And don’t let the bastards get you down.I see a world where everyday people get to determine value, and have the heavy lifting of manual labor taken over by robots. And those adoption cycles get shorter and shorter. How this tech gets used, all these systems, needs us humans to be responsible and accountable.

Susan Oh Links And Sources

https://www.beomni.ai/

https://id.linkedin.com/in/ohsusan

http://worldfundingsummit.com/susan-oh

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/susan-oh

https://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.susan.oh

https://www.elev8con.com/speaker/susan-oh/

https://www.openbusinesscouncil.org/wiki/susan-oh/

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Highlighting India’s Destitute Millions: Director Kireet Khurana’s Announces The ‘The Invisible Visible’ Documentary

Filmmaker Kireet Khurana, who has won six National Awards, has announced a documentary titled ‘The Invisible Visible’, highlighting the plight of India’s destitute millions.

‘The Invisible Visible’, is an 81 minutes-long documentary that will be released mid-2022. It has been shot across Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Dehradun, Kanpur and a few villages in Maharashtra and Bihar.

Khurana said: “India has the largest number of homeless people. It has over 70 million destitute citizens who have been denied their Constitutional right to shelter. The draconian Bombay Beggary Prevention Act 1959 has further criminalised them and made them vulnerable to incarceration, torture and dehumanisation.”

He added that the film delineates how the “marginalised and the disenfranchised have been left out in the cold and in some cases, exploited in shelters under the watch of the state, as happened during the infamous Muzaffarpur case, where hundreds of girls between 6 and 15 were raped, tortured and killed.”

This grim scenario is explored through the gaze of social organisation Koshish, which has helped countless traumatized homeless citizens, including the survivors from the Muzaffarpur shelter.

The film traces the inception of Koshish from the time in 2003, when Tarique, a 17-year-old student from the Hindu College went to a homeless shelter to distribute food and was devastated by the misery confronting him.

Khurana added: “At 23, Tarique started ‘Koshish’, and the film traces the organisation’s trailblazing grassroots work and its advocacy in synergy with intellectuals and policymakers to repeal archaic, anti-poor laws. We have also incorporated the views of eminent individuals, stakeholders, top lawyers and NGOs who stand up for the homeless to understand where the system is broken and how it can be fixed.”

The Award-winning filmmaker said that this is not just a film but a crusade to raise the “level of human conscience and build a momentum against the sordid Bombay Beggary Prevention Act, (1959).”

Khurana won his first National Award in 1995 for the animated film ‘Mahagiri’. He has made over 12 short films and over 500 ad films. He directed the animation called ‘Toonpur Ka Superrhero’, starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol.

His feature film ‘T for Taj Mahal’, which was released in 2018, was launched at the Festival de Cannes in the same year and premiered at the London Indian Film Festival.

Paralympian Blade runner and MBE Jonnie Peacock – ‘I struggled to walk when my stump was sore so my mum would help carry me to school’

Inspiring sprint runner and MBE Jonnie Peacock is sprinting into action to applaud the nation’s Apprentices and Trainees, and their hard work throughout 2021. With a desire to see individuals succeed especially those who are considered disadvantaged, Jonnie has joined forces with one of the UK’s top recruitment and training solutions providers, Qube Learning, to celebrate individuals actively changing their lives.

As a child, living with his parents and sister just outside of Cambridgeshire, Jonnie was full of energy and curiosity, and had dreamt of being a footballer but he faced an obstacle that would change the course of his life forever. In 1985, at the young age of five years old Jonnie contracted meningitis which saw him lose a leg, an unforgettable experience for him and his family, but early on he was determined his future would not be defined by the emotional event.

At school Jonnie threw himself into everything, playing all sports and not holding back, it was only at secondary school that other children noticed he was different. Wanting to be a mechanic, Jonnie loved cars and still does, he says ‘It’s not always about the traditional exams and accreditations that will get you where you want to go. Just enjoy what makes you get out of bed in the morning, keep positive and don’t let anything hold you back’. Jonnie’s mum and dad were big influences on him and embedded determination into him early.

In the hospital that fitted his prosthetic leg Jonnie was informed about disability sport and was directed to a Paralympic sports talent day, and it is there that Jonnie found solace and a deep-rooted drive that took over him. After encountering life changing challenges, he was inspired to prove that no one should be discriminated against for a disability and in 2012 Jonnie stood proud as he was adorned with a gold medal, crowned a Paralympian at only nineteen years old.

Jonnie Peacock says, ‘I have built a solid foundation of resilience over the years, and I believe this is what has kept me going. When I was still at studying, I struggled to walk when my stump was sore so my mum would help carry me to school, I didn’t want to give in. Finding my inner voice that was telling me ‘I can do it’ allowed me to put the effort and time into getting to where I am now. It wasn’t an easy route, but it was the right one. Not a day goes by when I don’t look around and see where my determination has got me, I feel lucky but then remind myself it’s not luck it was me who conditioned my mindset to believe in my abilities. I was the child whose life could have taken a very different path, but I decided I am worthy and will make something of myself and that’s what I did. How we perceive achievement is slowly changing. It isn’t about who you know, how much money you have, where you live or who your parents are – the world now has the chance to change this attitude and I believe in many areas of life this is happening. To look at unlocking true potential, like Qube Learning, will engage unseen demographics who deserve to be seen whether it be at work, studying, with friends or family, they have the right to thrive just as much as anyone else’

One of the biggest obstacles Jonnie faced was representation, seeing disability athletes in adverts and on TV is the biggest step towards inclusivity. When he was younger, he did not see an athlete or role model with one leg or in a wheelchair and now you do.

Jonnie’s work with Qube Learning, an organisation that wholly champions Apprenticeships and Traineeships and encourages success for anyone no matter where you are from, will see him reward the organisation’s incredible students and the employers who take them in front of many UK business names on the 14th October 2021 in a virtual award ceremony – https://www.qube-learning.co.uk/event/qube-awards-2021/

Qube Learning is proud to be an OFSTED grade 2 (Good) Recruitment and Training Solutions Provider that works with hundreds of Employers across the country to deliver a range of training and qualifications to a multitude of Students. If you are interested in finding out more about the positive opportunities an Apprenticeship or Traineeship can bring through Qube Vision and eLearning, either as a Student or an Employer, then speak with the experts at Qube Learning.

 

Beyond Digital Collectibles: 4 Industries NFTs Are Revolutionizing

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have taken the Internet by storm as they hold a promise to redefine the ownership of digital assets that can result in novel business models. While they have proven to be a big business in art and gaming, several other industries such as entertainment, finance, healthcare, and real estate are buying into the hype to fight the technology’s bubble burst claims, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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Kiran Raj, Principal Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “In a rapidly growing digital world, it is often hard to claim the ownership of creative content and distinguish it from others. A copy of a JPG file, for instance, is the same as the original. As a result, there is a growing need to replicate key properties of physical assets like proof of ownership and uniqueness. NFTs, in essence, can meet this need with their blockchain-powered unique properties like provenance and scarcity. Slowly but surely, they are evolving to be much bigger than an art fad as their real-time use cases thrust forward in multiple industries.”

GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Towards Next Generation Asset Class: Can NFTs Outlive Hype as New Gold of Crypto Economy?’, highlights the current state of play and future potential of NFTs across key applications including art, entertainment, fashion, finance, gaming, healthcare, music, real estate, and sports.

Entertainment

NFTs enable entertainment companies to rebuild fan economies with limited-edition content and collectibles as a new mechanism of storytelling. American startup Curio creates officially licensed digital collectibles from a host of popular and legendary television shows, blockbuster movies, comic books, and generative avatars. Its partners include popular names in the industry like Universal Pictures, Fremantle, Dark Horse Comics, and Heavy Metal.

Finance

The most straightforward use case of NFTs in decentralized finance is obtaining loans against valuable digital assets without selling them. South Africa’s NFT marketplace NFTfi allows users to put up their NFT assets like art as collateral for a loan or offer loans to other users on their NFTs. The startup boasts a total loan volume of more than US$12m on its platform so far.

Healthcare

Genetic testing facilities have been sharing our DNA with big pharma companies to cut off years in drug research. However, it often raises concerns on how these companies sell our most personal data for huge profits without passing any benefits to us. London startup Shivom claims to be the world’s first NFT marketplace for genomic data that can offer transparency and complete control on our DNA data, which allows to earn from it. This way, NFTs can encourage genetic data sharing and significantly contribute to precision medicine.

Real Estate

Albeit in its fancy, virtual real estate is evolving as a comparable asset class to traditional real estate. Brazil’s Decentraland enables the purchase of virtual lands in the form of NFTs. In July 2021, a piece of virtual land on the platform was sold for nearly US$1m. Sotheby’s, a premier auction firm for art and luxury, has also launched a virtual replica of its London office on Decentraland.

Mr Raj concludes: “The year 2021 looks to be promising for NFTs as their use cases are slowly spreading to new domains. However, NFT adoption as a mainstream technology can be challenged by caveats like lack of scalability, high transaction fees, high energy consumption, and unsatisfying user experiences. If such roadblocks are addressed, more business leaders would be inspired to investigate the potential of NFTs to convert into new corporate functioning models.”

Ken Gibbs – Global Head, Social Media Marketing at Spotify – The Future of Music Creative Industries

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Ken Gibbs is the Global Head, Social Media Marketing at Spotify, member of the Adweek Social Media Council and co-host of The Art of Storytelling at Soho House. 

Boston, USA, born Ken Gibbs is a senior digital marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience. Gibbs has been working with global leading platforms and brands like AOL, Viacom, Amazon and now Spotify. Ken Gibbs is a forward-thinking executive with industry expertise and leading global strategies and solutions. Along with his extensive career, he has effectively learned how to manage teams remotely, target marketing, content creation, and developed effective social media marketing strategies. Ken is skilled in managing people and processes to ensure measurable growth and impact, creating a culture of engagement and high performance, and crafting comprehensive plans with wide communication and facilitation versatility. 

Gibbs is highly recognized by the industry as a respected visionary and change-agent leading companies through the complexities of bridging marketing with technological solutions and identifying innovative ways to increase audience and engagement.

Ken Gibbs Interview Topics

1. An introduction from you – background, overview, education. Career highlights – what you did and what you are doing.

2. What were the main impacts you saw in the last decades when it comes to media?

You have been working in the media, music industry and digital for years. And special working with creators. What do you think are the main challenges for creators, artists to deal with digital?

3. As of the second quarter of 2021, Spotify had 165 million premium subscribers worldwide, up from 138 million in the corresponding quarter of 2020. Spotify’s subscriber base has increased dramatically in the last few years and has more than doubled since early 2017. Spotify is a major platform that offers great tools like https://artists.spotify.com/. Can you tell us about it?

4. How do you see the future of the music industry?


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Ken Gibbs Biography

Boston, USA, born Ken Gibbs is a senior digital marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience. 

Gibbs started his career in 2000 in a company called africana.com as an entertainment editor. Founded by Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Princeton University professor Dr. Anthony Appiah, the Africana.com news and feature Web site on African-American life and culture. There, Gibbs was a witness of the dot com bubble and the rapid digital transformation taking place in the entertainment industry, moving from periodic publications to daily ones and the increasing importance of specific entertainment products to drive growth in that industry.

After moving to New York, Ken Gibbs’ career really took off throughout the entertainment industry, be it visual, audio, and written. He took on the role of Programming Director of the Graphics division at AOL Time Warner in 2004, became the Lead Programming Director at Radio One in 2007 and as Site Development Director/Real Black Network Director at Essence Magazine, a role that he performed until 2009.

From there, Ken Gibbs’ name was attached to that of ViacomCBS, moving between different divisions and platforms of the company. He took the role of Editor at Large at MTV Networks for 2 years, worked as Vice President, Social Media Marketing Strategy at Viacom subsidiary BET  and became the Vice President Digital Video and Social Content at ViacomCBS.

After leaving the company, Ken Gibbs moved to Amazon as Head of Series Social in 2020 and finally became the Global Head, Social Media Marketing at Spotify in 2021.

Working with global leading platforms and brands like AOL, Viacom, Amazon and now Spotify,  Ken Gibbs has developed himself as a forward-thinking executive with 20+ years of industry expertise and delivering leading global strategies and solutions. Along his extensive career, he has effectively learned how to manage teams remotely, target marketing, content creation, and developed effective social media marketing strategies. 

Ken is skilled in managing people and processes to ensure measurable growth and impact, creating a culture of engagement and high performance, and crafting comprehensive plans with wide communication and facilitation versatility. 

Gibbs is highly recognized by the industry as a respected visionary and change-agent leading companies through the complexities of bridging marketing with technological solutions and identifying innovative ways to increase audience and engagement.

Vision

In this interview, Ken Gibbs shared his insights on key areas of the entertainment and creative industries and the digital acceleration taking place in new platforms.

Artists need to understand the new digital era to get the most out of it

“I think what artists need to understand today is that while all of the tools that the platforms make available allow for an unprecedented amount of independence, and also, you know, generation of revenue, the other side is that choosing to forego that independent paths means that you won’t have the aid of, quite frankly, professionals like myself, right? Like that’s what the machine provides you. Some of the biggest artists today that have come up through the traditional channels, they didn’t have to learn about any of this. They have PR managers, marketing managers, product managers; if you choose to go the independent route, those are all of the roles that you’re taking on, along with artists, and there are complexities within those roles, there is a reason why people who do those roles get paid salaries. So I do think that artists need to be just honest with themselves about their ability and capacity to take on so much of what the machine has traditionally done in the past and I also think it’s key to understand at what point you can no longer do it yourself.”

Platforms don’t control the artists, they offer opportunities

“At a certain point you’ve got to have a conversation about your business being an artist, right, and your job being to produce music, so if you’re handling the business of music, at what point will that impact your ability to produce the product that is that music as well. And just its overall impact on your creative energy, and what have you. But I would also argue that it’s not the platforms that are controlling the artists, right? The other side of this is, the platform doesn’t know you, the platform doesn’t know your mother, right, in the way that old school record label manager might come and try to woo you to be on their label as opposed to another. The platforms offer opportunities and the platforms also, almost encourage, multi-platform presence.”

Ken Gibbs Links And Sources

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https://www.instagram.com/kengibbsjr/ 

http://shortlist.hashtagsports.com/

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