Get to know DAOs

Decentralized autonomous organizations or DAOs are a hot topic these days. And with so much reporting and opinion it can be hard not only to understand what a DAO is but also to better understand the significance of this very different form of organization. Indeed, much of the reporting I see is on answering the question, ‘What is a DAO?’ Here’s a good definition on Wikipedia: A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), sometimes called a decentralized autonomous corporation (DAC), is an…

Ukraine invasion snapshot in Google Maps

The Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on 24 February is being followed online by billions worldwide. Anyone with an Internet connection has access to news, opinion, information, misinformation, disinformation, fact, fiction, the whole kitchen sink of a global event that’s unparalleled in its accessibility. That Internet connectivity would let you see a real-time view of anywhere in Ukraine courtesy of Google Maps. In Google Maps, I captured the screenshot image of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv that you see at…

Second Life was ahead of its time

Around fifteen years ago, some big brands started playing in Second Life. For me, memorable names and what they did include General Motors with a cool Pontiac sports car: that’s virtual me behind the virtual wheel in the photo above. GM issued a press release in October 2006 about starting up in SL. There was Dell who experimented not only with letting you configure and buy a computer in Second Life but also getting customer service and tech support. They…

As NFT marketplaces take off, protecting your intellectual property rights is paramount

If 2021 was the year of growing awareness of a thing called a ‘non-fungible token‘ – NFT for short – 2022 looks like it will be the year of better understanding of NFTs, what you can do with them as representations of goods (real as well as digital), and an appreciation of the power of cryptocurrencies in this Web 3 supply chain. As more companies start making moves into NFTs – like Selfridges and the Associated Press to name just…

Making NFTs as easy as shopping in a store

One of the difficulties with NFTs for most people is understanding precisely what they are and what they mean to a purchaser. Even the name from which the initialism is derived – ‘non-fungible token‘ – sounds like so much techno-babble. Still, NFTs are a $41 billion marketplace right now that drives a fast-growing cryptocurrency market with digital and physical goods changing hands for huge amounts of real money in some cases that drive an equally fast-growing hype cycle that some…

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