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Humanode: Sachiel testnet launch, Whitepaper release, An interview with Humanode co-founder Victor Smirnov, Biometric-based OTC markets overview, Human-based trust networks discussed, and more!

Biweekly update vol. 7, 17th September — 2nd October

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Greetings, crypto enthusiasts from all over the globe! The past two weeks were a part of a breathtaking journey for Humanode! We are glad to announce that the long-anticipated Humanode testnet — Sachiel — finally went live! Our congratulations to all the fantastic teams and the community! We welcome you to test Humanode out as much as possible and give the team feedback! Sachiel, which is onboarding in batches of 50 people, is an Aura and Grandpa testnet based on those consensus modules of Substrate modified for biometric authentication. The participants are able to go through a biometric enrollment process and become human nodes, validate blocks, send transactions, and take part in the $100,000 anti-spoofing bounty program by Humanode partner, FaceTec. Active testnet users will be given priority to become the first generation of human nodes once the mainnet launches in June 2022. 50+ participants already interacting with face detection and faucet in testnet. If you haven’t signed up yet, find the link to the application form in our report below!

The team has been working fingers to the bone as usual! The progress was minutely shared in their regular development update.

As for the network development, the team completed Cargo cleanup, added tests with production key in the robonode server, added the ability to specify the FaceTec SDK production key at the robonode server, added an endpoint to get the robonode public key, updated js types bundle, added jq and curl to docker images, added major bioauth improvements (authentication expiration, refactor), and more.

The team has also been working on the Humanode Web App. They completed Yarn maintenance, improved service worker, ixed the device SDK params reading, and supported initializing FaceTec SDK in production mode. As for the Humanode Desktop App, they used Flex for better UI, used new downloads structure, generated runscript dynamically, and fixed handle errors and fixed CI.

Considering crypto-biometric search and matching and liveness algorithms, the team added training and evaluation code for FASNetB based liveness detection, modified NN code for FASNetA based liveness detection as well as modified the training and NN code for FASNetA based liveness detection, converted interactive Zero-Knowledge Range Proof (ZKRP) of Bulletproof into NIZKRP, using NIZKRP, created Verifiable Key Generation for ring-LWE scheme, and tested Golang implementation of ZKRP for uniform random numbers.

A few days ago, the Humanode team published the Humanode Whitepaper v. 0.9.6 “You are [not] a bot”. This whitepaper dives deep into the philosophy, core concepts, technological details, the mathematics and cryptography that support the groundbreaking cryptobiometric network, and the world-changing vision behind Humanode. A must-read!

The team continues a series of interviews with core team members. Last week, they interviewed Victor Smirnov, co-founder of Humanode. Victor discussed his background, what brought him to the blockchain space, and how he get involved in crypto. He talked about the Humanode testnet, shared his thoughts on the most significant Humanode use cases, and the current state of the crypto industry. Also, they published an interview with Sasha Shilina, researcher at Humanode. Check it out!

Other than that, the Humanode Fireside talk took place in their telegram voice chat. The team discussed human-based trust networks and everything related to them. Listen to the recording on the Humanode Podcast, and join the team on Wednesday for the next ‘Testnet special’ conversation!

Humanode’s latest blog post discusses biometric-based OTC markets. In a nutshell, the Humanode network delivers zero-knowledge liveness verification and identity check back to the OTC platforms without revealing the user’s identity, showing the user is the same genuine human being without utilizing any personally identifiable information. More details in the blog!

Human nodes, get ready for an exciting few weeks which will be even more interesting with you testing the platform!

Humanode testnet

The Humanode testnet — Sachiel — is live

On September 28th, 2021 the Humanode announced the launch of their first-ever testnet — Sachiel.

Sachiel, which is onboarding in batches of 50 people, is an Aura and Grandpa testnet based on those consensus modules of Substrate modified for biometric authentication.

The participants are able to go through a biometric enrollment process and become human nodes, validate blocks, send transactions, and take part in the $100,000 anti-spoofing bounty program by Humanode partner, FaceTec.

MOZGIII, the lead developer for Humanode says that “we will be running a series of testnets for the next 8 to 9 months in order to find the current structural limitations, to temper the system, and to build a strong foundation that we hope will be able to support millions of users in the near future. I know it is common for many testnets to start off by showing all of their bells and whistles, like transaction speed, gadgets, and a flashy UI/UX, but for us, that is something that will be addressed in the future, along with the community of testnet users that will assist in the building process”.

Sachiel will support Linux, MacOS, and Windows, in combination with iOS and Android, and the hardware requirements to join the testnet will not be high.

“Our main goal at this time is to test the network capacity, Sibyl resistance, liveness detection, and security, so testnet users will be required to participate in liveness detection once every 72 hours,” says Humanode co-founder, Victor. “We will be doing extensive testing, and expect the network to initially go down quite a bit, and the user experience may also be stressful at the start, but the more people participate and get involved in the testnet, the stronger the system will grow, and the more rewarding it will be”.

Active testnet users will be given priority to become the first generation of human nodes once the mainnet launches in June 2022.

The link to the application form.

🔺To check how the network runs🔺:

🔺To interact with Humanode🔺:

If you have any questions reach the Humanode team on:

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Troubleshooting channel on Discord

Development

Humanode Dev Report 7

  • Humanode Network

🔺Completed Cargo cleanup

🔺Added tests with production key in the robonode server

🔺Added the ability to specify the FaceTec SDK production key at the robonode server

🔺Added an endpoint to get the robonode public key

🔺Properly exposed robonode-keygen command

🔺Updated js types bundle

🔺Added jq and curl to docker images

🔺Added major bioauth improvements (authentication expiration, refactor)

🔺Implemented Auth URL subcommand

🔺Removed the genesis from chainspec extensions test

🔺Abstracted robonode validator key around Substrate key type

🔺Refactored for BABE

🔺Added the bioauth parameters to the chain spec client extension

🔺Switched to AccountId for StoredAuthTicket public key at types bundle

🔺50+ participants already interacting with face detection and faucet in testnet

🔺Added testnet documentation on Github and Gitbook

  • Humanode Web App

🔺Completed Yarn maintenance

🔺Improved service worker

🔺Fixed the device SDK params reading

🔺Supported initializing FaceTec SDK in production mode

  • Humanode Desktop App

🔺Used Flex for better UI

🔺Used new downloads structure

🔺Generated runscript dynamically

🔺Fix issues related to Linux

🔺Showed only compatible and preselected binaries

🔺Fixed handle errors

🔺Fixed CI

  • Crypto-Biometric Search And Matching And Liveness Algorithms

🔺Added training and evaluation code for FASNetB based liveness detection

🔺Modified NN code for FASNetA based liveness detection

🔺Modified the training and NN code for FASNetA based liveness detection

🔺Converted interactive Zero-Knowledge Range Proof (ZKRP) of Bulletproof into NIZKRP

🔺Using NIZKRP, created Verifiable Key Generation for ring-LWE scheme

🔺Tested Golang implementation of ZKRP for uniform random numbers

Whitepaper release

A few days ago, the Humanode core team published the Humanode Whitepaper v. 0.9.6 “You are [not] a bot”.

This whitepaper dives deep into the philosophy, core concepts, technological details, the mathematics and cryptography that support the groundbreaking cryptobiometric network, and the world-changing vision behind Humanode.

Humanode Whitepaper v. 0.9.6 “You are [not] a bot” is available from the following link:

Awareness & Events

[Humanode Special Interview Series]: Victor, co-founder of Humanode

Victor Smirnov, co-founder of Humanode, discusses his background, what brought him to the blockchain space and how he get involved in crypto. He talks about Sachiel testnet, shares his thoughts on the most significant Humanode use cases, and the current state of the crypto industry.

Check out the interview via the link below:

[Humanode Special Interview Series]: Sasha, researcher at Humanode

Sasha Shilina, researcher at Humanode, discusses her background and personal hobbies, how she got involved with Humanode, goals concerning the growth of the community, and more.

Check out the interview via the link below:

Humanode Fireside

The Humanode Fireside took place last week. The team discussed human-based trust networks and everything related to them.

As usual, there was a live talk between the team members first, and then a conversation with the community.

ICYMI: The previous Humanode Fireside was fully devoted to the Humanode DAO named Vortex. Tune it on! 🔺

Listen to previous Humanode Fireside episodes on YouTube here or on the Humanode Podcast here.

Join the team for a fireside chat every odd Wednesday at 16:00 UTC in the Humanode Telegram group’s voice chat. Get in here:

Latest publications

Biometric-based OTC markets

The Humanode network delivers zero-knowledge liveness verification and identity check back to the OTC platforms without revealing the user’s identity, showing the user is the same genuine human being without utilizing any personally identifiable information (PII).

Read more here:

MISC

InFath or OutFath? Homomorphic encryption? Liveness detection? If those sound confusing to you, don’t worry. The Humanode team made a list of all these terms for easy reference:

  • Humanode testnet probes structural limits of cryptobiometric blockchain system:

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