Virtual real estate in the metaverse

Virtual real estate in the metaverse

May 13, 2022

Defying the doubters, interest in the metaverse continues to soar, and investment is keeping pace. In January, leading investment bank, JP Morgan published a report titled “Opportunities in the Metaverse”, noting that annual spending on digital goods had reached $54bn globally. The report argued that the market was reaching an “inflection point” – soon, there […]

Hardware capacity recycling and the future of computation

Hardware capacity recycling and the future of computation

May 11, 2022

Finding the right balance between technological advancements and a healthier environment will define the future of our planet. The manufacture, use, servicing, and disposal of technology have been the single most consequential factor for our planet since the start of the industrial revolution. Global CO2 emissions alarmingly reached new historical levels in 2021 after a […]

Censorship, moderation and free speech in Web3

Censorship, moderation and free speech in Web3

May 6, 2022

It would be easy to dismiss Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter as just the latest whim of a notoriously mercurial billionaire. In fact, its significance is far greater.  The prospect of a Musk-owned Twitter has reignited the long-simmering debate over free speech and censorship online. And Musk, whose irreverent, scatter-gun use of Twitter is […]

Democratising the web: DAOs, governance tokens, and collective ownership

Democratising the web: DAOs, governance tokens, and collective ownership

April 29, 2022

Making predictions about the crypto space is notoriously risky. There is consensus over what to expect in 2022 – the rise of decentralised autonomous organisations. As Messari’s Crypto Theses for 2022 put it: “If 2020 was all about DeFi, and 2021 was about NFTs, 2022 will be the year of the DAO.”  And just four […]

Rethinking crowdfunding in Web3

Rethinking crowdfunding in Web3

April 22, 2022

In early March, the fantasy author Brandon Sanderson launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish four novels he’d written during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from his enviable productivity, the campaign soon gave us something else to marvel at – Sanderson hit his $1million goal in thirty-five minutes. After three days, he’d raised $20.8m, making it the […]

How Cudos is powering the metaverse

How Cudos is powering the metaverse

April 21, 2022

The metaverse dominates boardroom discussions as the new playground for brands to create bespoke virtual experiences for consumers. A report by Bloomberg forecasts that the metaverse will be an $800 billion market by 2024. But are we equipped to meet the thousand-fold greater computing needs, as estimated by Intel, the future metaverse will demand?  Let’s […]

The implications of emerging crypto regulation

The implications of emerging crypto regulation

April 14, 2022

In early March, the Biden administration published its long-awaited Executive Order (EO) on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. As we’ll see below, the order itself wasn’t exactly brimming with detail. Nevertheless, its implications were wide-ranging. It offered some important indications about the Biden administration’s approach to crypto, but just as telling was the simple fact that it was […]

Privacy and identity in Web3

Privacy and identity in Web3

April 1, 2022

In January 2010, a 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg addressed an audience of Silicon Valley luminaries with a bold argument. Privacy, he claimed, was no longer a social norm. Five short years had been enough to make “sharing more information […] more openly and with more people” a widely accepted practice by his account. By presenting it in this […]

How NFTs are transforming the future of sports fandom

How NFTs are transforming the future of sports fandom

March 31, 2022

Adoption in the sports world has significantly boosted the rapid growth of the NFT space over the past two years. In particular, Dapper Labs’ NBA Top Shots collection has proven just how substantial the existing market is for blockchain-based sports collectables. However, the potential for sports NFTs extends far beyond this. NFTs can do more […]

Tackling the Crypto gender gap

Tackling the Crypto gender gap

March 25, 2022

March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of women’s achievements and contributions throughout history. Seeking to counteract the typically male-centred ways of framing history, WHM is a vital opportunity to correct and counteract exclusionary narratives. But it’s also an impetus to think about the present. WHM represents a significant opportunity to reflect on the […]