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An exclusive type of club called 'Dao' is popping up online. What's it all about? Geoff Mak

The Guardian

I have seen the light, and I was not convinced. This month, I was invited to a party hosted by Friends With Benefits, an exclusive club of artists and investors who have access to a private chatroom on Discord and parties in cities like Miami and New York. The image has a subversive sheen: techno DJs and venture capitalists in ripped designer jeans throwing secret raves. The club's "manifesto" describes a "bright future" for the "ultimate cultural membership" where "prosperity is abundant" and "data and payments are fluid", just like gender. Friends With Benefits was founded in 2020 by Trever McFedries who, after bringing the VR popstar Lil Miquela into the world, had higher ambitions than animating a robot to make out with Bella Hadid in an underwear commercial.


DeepBrain AI Named As CES 2022 Innovation Awards Winner

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DeepBrain AI is proud to announce that it has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree for its AI Studios script to video solution in'Streaming' category. This year's CES Innovation Awards program received a record high number of over 1800 submissions. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2022, the world's most influential technology event, happening Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV and digitally. The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.


Five Takeaways from Money 20/20 USA for Credit Unions - Finalytics.ai

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We at Finalytics.ai just got back from participating in our very first Money 20/20 as a sponsor and thought it would make sense to jot down some of our takeaways. We believe credit unions need to keep these in mind as they visit their strategic plans for 2022 and beyond. While 2020 and 2021 were dominated by the impact of the pandemic, 2022 will see a slightly more reasoned approach to digital transformation throughout financial services. We are seeing a larger focus on building fintech and legacy financial institution (FI) partnerships throughout the industry. While attending sessions with bankers, fintechs and banktech companies, we noted that there was a heightened awareness that fintech firms need bank and credit customers to scale while FIs need the innovations from fintech firms.


Australian fintech Completes Major US Acquisition

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Remitter, a fintech platform that improves bill payment rates by communicating to consumers digitally, has just finalised its acquisition of US-based Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, following a successful pre-IPO USD $12m cap raise led by Canaccord Genuity. The raise was cornerstoned by Allium Capital and Casey Capital. Remitter is a white-label communications platform, founded in Australia, which uses AI to optimise customer engagement and enhance the recovery of accounts receivables. Currently many organisations face challenges in collecting bill payments on time, with 46% of customers paying late according to Aite Group research. Remitter entered the US market in 2020, following two years of development including compliance across states and territories and collaboration with clients to ensure an optimal feature set. "Entering the US market involved ensuring the Remitter platform was compliant in all 52 states, each with its own different laws and regulations around payments.


You Can Get This Free Crypto--If the 'Orb' Scans Your Eye

WIRED

Sam Altman wants to give every person on the planet free money--or rather free cryptocurrency. Co-founded by Altman earlier this year, the project has raised $25 million to date from grandees such as Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures. It's part crypto buzz, part financial inclusion dream--and Altman believes that by piggybacking on the network effect of doling out a bit of the pie to every single human on Earth, WorldCoin could evolve into a global, fairly distributed electronic currency. Altman, who runs AI research outfit OpenAI and used to be the CEO of Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, says that the concept is untested. "A lot of elementary school kids have thought that [to give free money to everyone] is a good idea," Altman says.


Valhil Capital Underwrites First NFT Securities Offering in History - "Buen Viaje"

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Valhil NFT I, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valhil Capital, LLC, issued 9 NFTs of 10 minted NFTs in a series titled "Buen Viaje" as securities for the first time in history, through a competitive sale that occurred on October 8, 2021 at the Texas Blockchain Summit. The Offering was underwritten by Valhil Capital, LLC. The NFT securities were marketed and sold to "accredited investors" in a private transaction in reliance on, and in compliance with, an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Rule 506(c) of Regulation D under the Securities Act. The NFT securities are "restricted securities" as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act. The original canvas painting was created live by Mr. Rolando Diaz.


SEC To Monitor DeFi With Artificial Intelligence

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signed a deal with blockchain analytics firm AnChain.AI to help its efforts in monitoring the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. What Happened: According to a Forbes report, AnChain.AI CEO and Co-Founder Victor Fang explained that the collaboration started because "the SEC is very keen on understanding what is happening in the world of smart contract-based digital assets," and the firm can help with that. The company's service focuses on tracking illicit activity across crypto exchanges, DeFi protocols, and traditional financial institutions. The contract between the blockchain analysis firm and the SEC started in May and probably played a role in AnChain.AI securing a $10 million Series A round led by Susquehanna Group affiliate SIG Asia Investments LLP. Why It Matters: The regulator is seemingly leveraging the contractor to monitor the DeFi ecosystem more closely, as expected after recent remarks by SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.


SEC To Monitor DeFi With Artificial Intelligence

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signed a deal with blockchain analytics firm AnChain.AI to help its efforts in monitoring the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. What Happened: According to a Forbes report, AnChain.AI CEO and Co-Founder Victor Fang explained that the collaboration started because "the SEC is very keen on understanding what is happening in the world of smart contract-based digital assets," and the firm can help with that. The company's service focuses on tracking illicit activity across crypto exchanges, DeFi protocols, and traditional financial institutions. The contract between the blockchain analysis firm and the SEC started in May and probably played a role in AnChain.AI securing a $10 million Series A round led by Susquehanna Group affiliate SIG Asia Investments LLP. Why It Matters: The regulator is seemingly leveraging the contractor to monitor the DeFi ecosystem more closely, as expected after recent remarks by SEC Chairman Gary Gensler.


Data-driven Smart Ponzi Scheme Detection

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Tóm tắt nội dung--A smart Ponzi scheme is a new form of economic crime that uses Ethereum smart contract account and cryptocurrency to implement Ponzi scheme. The smart Ponzi scheme has harmed the interests of many investors, but researches on smart Ponzi scheme detection is still very limited. The existing smart Ponzi scheme detection methods have the problems of requiring many human resources in feature engineering and poor model portability. To solve these problems, we propose a datadriven smart Ponzi scheme detection system in this paper. The system uses dynamic graph embedding technology to automatically learn the representation of an account based on multi-source and multi-modal data related to account transactions. Compared with traditional methods, the proposed system requires very limited human-computer interaction. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work to implement smart Ponzi scheme detection through dynamic graph embedding. Ponzi schemes require a constant flow of funds from new investors. The detection method based on source contributed by new investors to pay off the returns of existing code inspection detects the smart Ponzi scheme by manually investors (Figure 1).


Magna Carta Scientiae

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Science is a catalyst for human progress. But a publishing monopoly and funding monopsony have inhibited research. We intend to improve incentives in science by developing smart research contracts. These will collectively reward scientific activities, including proposals, papers, replications, datasets, analyses, annotations, editorials, and more. Peer-to-peer review networks will be designed to help evaluate proposals and publications. Long term, these smart contracts help accelerate research by minimizing science friction, ensuring science quality, and maximizing science variance. Papers are the fundamental asset of the research economy: they serve as proof of work that valuable research has been completed. Funding agencies and research institutions evaluate scientists based on their publications. Principal investigators (PIs) attract prospective students and collaborators via papers. Investors and companies use scientific literature to conduct due diligence on research ranging from basic discoveries to clinical studies. Thus, the evaluation and dissemination of papers are vital to this research economy. Publishers are the sole arbiters of papers today. They assign a value -- denominated in "prestige" -- by accepting a paper into the appropriate journal based on selectivity and domain. To evaluate papers, journals typically outsource it to two or three PIs, who often outsource it further to their students. Reviewers are unpaid for this peer review work, as it is an expected part of their scientific duties. Peer review is believed to be necessary because of the industrialization of science. Research papers and proposals have become too specialized and too numerous, making it difficult to assess merit prima facie. As a result, scientific incentives have become distorted in two major ways: prestige capture and reviewer misalignment. Over half of all research papers in 2013 were published by five companies, who have used their centuries of brand equity to build an economic moat. This results in prestige capture, which akin to regulatory capture, causes public and scientific interest to be directed towards the regulators of prestige. Publishers have exploited prestige capture to become the ultimate rent-seekers, with operating margins between 25-40% and market capitalizations up to $50B.