A look at Layer 2 Protocols, Ethereums scalability issues, and the future of decentralized applications.

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A look at Layer 2 Protocols, Ethereums scalability issues, and the future of decentralized applications

Much like smartphone applications have shown us the true capabilities of today’s mainstream technologies, decentralized applications (DApps) have the opportunity to show us the true potential of blockchain technology. No one thought that smartphones would revolutionize short-term rentals, but Air BnB has done exactly that. The same can be said for transportation with applications such as Uber, or even navigation with companies like Waze.

While the technology itself is innovative, it’s the applications built on top of it that end up showing us the technologies real value and the long term benefits (or drawbacks) it can bring to society, culture, art, and more. …


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A look at Layer 2 Protocols, Ethereums scalability issues, and the future of decentralized applications

Much like smartphone applications have shown us the true capabilities of today’s mainstream technologies, decentralized applications (dapps) have the opportunity to show us the true potential of blockchain technology. No one thought that smartphones would revolutionize short-term rentals, but Air BnB has done exactly that. The same can be said for transportation with applications such as Uber, or even navigation with companies like Waze.


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Early-stage crypto games that I can’t stop playing

I see blockchain gaming as the future of video games. I also consider it the best possible vehicle for the road to blockchain mass adoption. What better way to teach people about blockchain than giving them hands-on experience that allows them to see and understand its benefits in real-time.


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Why decentralized video games are the future

I’ve worked in the blockchain industry for years and been a gamer my entire life. Yet merging the two never crossed my mind. When I thought of blockchain games I’d think of games like CryptoKitties, which is more of a collectibles platform than an actual game. While CryptoKitties saw a lot of success and has arguably gotten more attention than any other dApp in the marketplace, it turned me away from the industry as a whole.

If blockchain gaming was going to be about collectibles, I wasn’t really interested. I understand the value that tokenization can bring to digital ownership, that the first CryptoKitty is one of the first verifiably owned digital items that has existed in history — I’m not trying to take away from that. …


Banking the unbanked
Banking the unbanked
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If I had a penny for every time someone told me, “It’s like ____ but on a blockchain”, I’d probably have somewhere between $5-$10. Notoriously, the cryptocurrency market is riddled with blindly optimistic projects that rarely make good on their promises. Projects often led by teams who put great time and effort into theorizing complex blockchain use cases, but very little into how their projects will actually be executed, and even less on whether there is a demand for the product at all.

Many of the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) from 2017–2018 presented innovative, and clear improvements on the processes, systems, or assets they hoped to tokenize. …


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Does our need to make everything we do “productive” hurt us in the long run?

I’ve been obsessed with the concept of time for as long as I can remember.

When I was a kid, I made routines for everything I did throughout the day. When I ate fast food, I ate the french fries first, then the burger, no matter what. Every day after school I’d go straight to the library and finish all the homework I had. I hated taking work home, days when my mom wouldn’t let me stay after the bell, I didn’t do the homework at all. I refused to break routine.

If you can’t tell from the fact that eating fast food was the first example I could think of, I struggled with my weight growing up. My grandmother instilled the idea in my head at a very young age that leaving uneaten food on your plate is a sin. Judging by her reactions, a sin worse than murder. …


How centralization hurts creatives, and what we can do about it

Blockchain can do wonders for the music industry.

I love drawing connections between industries, bonus points if I’m passionate about either, or both. In a past life, I managed artists and producers. I’m knowledgable regarding the music industry, and fluent in blockchain (or at least that’s what I like to tell myself).

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Let’s think about what blockchain is good for:

  • Processes with numerous middlemen
  • Over-centralized industries
  • Tracking the flow of assets or digital items
  • Creating trust by removing the option of dishonesty

One of my favorite explanations of blockchain and its applications is this excerpt from TheConversation. …


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The biggest developments in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world we saw last month

It’s been an interesting month for cryptocurrency.

We saw the end of the Craig Wright case (more on that later), the Portuguese government declared they won’t tax crypto, and John McAfee is still at risk of having to honor the gruesome bet he made.

Let’s take a look at what’s been going on, and what it means for the future.


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Why Ethereum isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon

With competitors coming out of the woodwork over the past few years, people are beginning to wonder if Ethereum, the King of the dApps, is at risk of losing its’ throne. But, just because there are some younger and healthier princes in the castle, doesn’t mean they can dethrone the king.


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Efforts to regulate A.I. might be leading us towards a ‘Sci-Fi movie ending’ we’re all too familiar with.

Elon Musk recently issued an ominous warning about Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). A warning made more ominous by the fact that it comes from a person whom we’d assume has his finger on the pulse of the industry.

“I tried to convince people to slow down, slow down A.I., to regulate A.I. This was futile. I tried for years. Nobody listened.” — Elon Musk

If one of the smartest and most traditionally successful people on this planet is scared of something, should the rest of us be concerned?

Mr. Musk has been warning us about the potential dangers of an unbridled pursuit of artificial intelligence for some time now. Earlier this year, he told an interviewer at South by Southwest that he saw A.I. …

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Reza Jafery

Bespoke Design Labs / Blockchain Lead @ Akoin / Obsessed with decentralized economies and blockchain as a whole: reza@bdl.media

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