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Humanode: Testnet V2 — Shamshel and Humanode Desktop App on December 8th, Biometric-based validators overview, An interview with Humanode designer Vlad, Road to mainnet discussed, and more!

Biweekly update vol.11, 12th November — 26th November

TL;DR

Hello to all human nodes! Following our lovely tradition, we are here to provide you with a recap of projects’ news and updates of the past two weeks!

First and foremost, a few days ago, the Humanode team announced that Testnet V2 ‘Shamshel’ and Humanode Desktop App will be released on 8th of December 2021! ‘Shamshel’ will have features such as: forkless runtime upgrade, cutting-edge proof-of-human-existence protocol, Aura consensus, support of thousands of human nodes at any given time, and user-friendly UI to launch a human node locally or in the cloud. Participants will be able to become human nodes through a biometric enrollment process, validate blocks, send transactions, and participate in FaceTec’s $100,000 anti-spoofing bounty programme. Shamshel will support Linux, MacOS, and Windows, in combination with iOS and Android, and the hardware requirements to join the testnet will not be high. All the applications for the V1 will be transferred to V2. So stay tuned!

Currently, the Humanode teams are operating extremely hard on the major tasks. As part of the development update, they’ve shared what they’ve been working on over the past two weeks.

As for the network development, they added a proper log entry for the “already bio-authorized” errors, shared linter settings, and improved error mapping from the logic to the HTTP transport layer at robonode.

The team continues their work on the desktop application. These weeks, they fixed versioning and race condition for QR code in node tab, migrated to React and MaterialUI, shared sentry code across processes, disabled application menu, used Electron dark mode, set no-sync eslint rule to warn mode to be switched to error later, added a workaround for Apple Silicon engine issue alongside passphrase input for encrypted SSH keys and idle timeout termination on local engine, and updated manifest scripts to new format.

Considering crypto-biometric search and matching and liveness algorithms, the bioauth team added model architecture and training code for FASNetC based on liveness detection, updated the evaluation code to analyze performance and added visualization, fixed bug in GPU inference code, scaled up the FASNetA model and add updated weight, added updated weight and smooth cross entropy loss, updated weight for FASNetB based on liveness detection, and refactored code and added densenet121 model for facial expression recognition.

The Humanode media team continues a series of interviews with Humanode core team members. This week, they interviewed Vlad, designer at Humanode. He discussed his background story, dreams and aspirations, and what gets him excited about design in the crypto-biometrics space. Read the interview in the Humanode blog!

Other than that, the Humanode Fireside talk took place in their telegram voice chat. The team discussed Humanode’s road to mainnet. Listen to the recording on the Humanode Podcast, and join the team on Wednesday for the next conversation!

Humanode’s latest blog post discusses biometric-based validators. With Humanode, blockchains can include liveness detection checks in the consensus mechanism to be a validator of the network. To maintain the integrity of decentralization and fairness, validators would have to prove he or she is indeed the owner of the node. With anti-spoofing technology from Humanode liveness detection partners, the system has the assurance that only one human has control over one node, the validator rewards will also be distributed fairly for a more equitable and democratic system. Human-only networks of validators, as opposed to the default of extraction and individualism, make room for cooperative and collective modes of economic functioning. More details in the blog!

That’s all for today! Can’t wait to see you all joining Shamshel on December 8th, 2021! Stay in the loop!

Humanode testnet

Announcing Humanode Testnet V2 — Shamshel

Much has happened since the launch of Humanode Testnet V1 “Sachiel”. Overall it was a success with:

• 7000+ testnet applications;

• 150+ participants interacted with liveness detection and faucet;

• Up to 100+ nodes connected at the same time for two months.

At first, the tean thought that they were going to just update the existing testnet but so many changes have been made that they decided to push for V2.

After months of iteration, they announced that Testnet V2 “Shamshel” and Humanode Desktop App will be released on 8th of December 2021.

With the rapid development from Humanode Core team, the Testnet V2 will have features such as:

• Forkless runtime upgrade

• Cutting-edge proof-of-human-existence protocol

• Aura consensus

• Able to support thousands of human nodes at any given time

• User-friendly UI to launch a human node locally or in the cloud

Participants will be able to become human nodes through a biometric enrollment process, validate blocks, send transactions, and participate in FaceTec’s $100,000 anti-spoofing bounty programme.

As Humanode is transitioning to the new testnet the team is going to wipe the chain clean. For those who participated in “Sachiel” — don’t be worried your effort will be snapshotted, remembered, and, hopefully, appropriately rewarded. For those who lost their mnemonics — you will be able to authorize anew.

All the applications for the V1 will be transferred to V2. Thank you once again for your patience.

“Thanks to the support and overwhelming response from the Humanode community, we’re pleased to take Humanode testnet to the next stage. We’ll keep testing network capacity, Sybil resistance, liveness detection, and security on our testnet V2. Since we’ll be performing a lot of testing, expect the network to be down at times, especially when crossing the technological limits. However, the more people that engage and participate in the testnet, the stronger the system will become and the more rewarding it will be. Our goal is to become the most decentralized and active testnets built on Substrate.”

― Humanode co-founder, Victor

How to Participate

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

Register here.

🔺To check how the network runs🔺:

Polkadot explorer

Telemetry

🔺To interact with Humanode🔺:

If you have any questions reach the Humanode team on:

Telegram Chat

Troubleshooting channel on Discord

Development

Humanode Dev Report 11

  • Humanode Network

🔺Added a proper log entry for the “already bio-authorized” errors

🔺Shared linter settings

🔺Improved error mapping from the logic to the HTTP transport layer at robonode

🔺Received 7000+ testnet applications

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

🔺Updated testnet documentation on Github and Gitbook

  • Humanode Desktop App

🔺Fixed versioning

🔺Migrated to React and MaterialUI

🔺Fixed race condition for QR code in node tab

🔺Shared sentry code across processes

🔺Disabled application menu

🔺Used Electron dark mode

🔺Set no-sync eslint rule to warn mode to be switched to error later

🔺Added a workaround for Apple Silicon engine issue

🔺Added passphrase input for encrypted SSH keys

🔺Added idle timeout termination on local engine

🔺Updated manifest scripts to new format

  • Crypto-Biometric Search And Matching And Liveness Algorithms

🔺Added model architecture and training code for FASNetC based on liveness detection

🔺Updated the evaluation code to analyze performance and added visualization

🔺Fixed bug in GPU inference code

🔺Scaled up the FASNetA model and add updated weight

🔺Added updated weight and smooth cross entropy loss

🔺Updated weight for FASNetB based on liveness detection

🔺Refactored code and added densenet121 model for facial expression recognition

Awareness & Events

[Humanode Special Interview Series]: Vlad, designer at Humanode

Vlad, designer at Humanode, discusses his background story, dreams and aspirations, and what gets him excited about design in the crypto-biometrics space.

Check out the interview via the link below:

Humanode Fireside

In case you missed last week’s Fireside chat about Humanode’s road to mainnet, here’s the recording 🎧

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 Human — AI symbiosis with biometrics. 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 validators

When a network lacks any third-party intermediaries to verify identities, anyone with enough resources can attack and take control of the network. This is where Humanode can provide network integrity with biometric-based validators.

Read more here:

MISC

  • Humanode Co-founder Dato Kavazi on current systems:

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:

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Medium. Twitter. Telegram. Telegram Chat. Reddit. LinkedIn.

For more information check out Humanode’s:

Website

Telegram ANN

Telegram Chat

Twitter

Blog

Reddit

GitHub

Youtube

LinkedIn

Humanode Podcast

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