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RCast 135 – [Climate & Coordination] Apr 30 2021 – home mortgages and climate change, over half of US sees climate change as a critical threat, green plans for Paris, RChain’s work on identity, Facebook and Apple’s war will be waged in VR and AR

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0:00:00​ – Intro

0:01:13​ – Nora – Politifact – “Those 30-, 40-year mortgages” prove that banks know climate change “is not going to happen.” https://www.politifact.com/factchecks…

0:13:04​ – “Half of U.S. Voters Now Characterize Climate Change as a ‘Critical Threat’” https://morningconsult.com/2021/04/27…

0:20:44​ – Steve Ross Talbot- RChain Self Sovereign File Browser that we have been working on – decentralize the evidence gathering – authenticating the information – the file browser can construct a reward mechanism with something like the crypto climate accord –

0:22:24​ – Greg response – this ability to have decentralized verified data has appliactions across the board – appeals both to the super cold hearted business people to people who are genuinely concerned – an enormous boon to be able to provide decentralized storage with verification processes.

0:25:57​ – SRT – thinking about the economic model – the beauty of decentralization – invert the pyramid of value – much fairer in terms of distribution of value – if you offer that up and you give a reward on the other side, you want a disincentive – you have to genuinely think that the artifact they are uploading is climate change – everything you store you are paying for – if the interested party and there is a validation authority – and they are collaborating – tempers the economic greed that might ensue – only validated data would get the reward – it self polices. educates the people that are collecting the data to collect higher quality data.

0:28:06​ – Greg – we have already had a 1st generation version of this – wikipedia – there’s a huge motivation for people to police wikipedia – we have seen that it is doable – and it is a perfectly reasonable economic model

0:28:41​ – SRT – It’s the disincentivisation of doing a bad job, is that you end up paying rev for stuff you put on the chain – imagine decentralizing wikipedia – a range of validating authorities

0:30:18​ – Nora – “Paris agrees to turn Champs-Élysées into ‘extraordinary garden'” https://www.theguardian.com/world/202…https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featur…

0:33:42​ – Darryl – This week Apple’s controversial ios 14.5 was released. It is controversial due to it’s new App Tracking Transparency feature that “lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies apps and websites.”

Facebook’s business model is built around surveillance capitalism. They have built up a dependency on the ability to spy on our activity across applications to build profiles on us to better target us for ads and to sell this data off to the highest bidder.

Apple just dropped a bomb on this.

So the official launch of a new war has begun. Apple and Facebook now officially hate each other.

So I believe that I know the forum where this war will be waged, and it might not yet be on alot of people’s radar……..

A couple of weeks ago, I sprung for an Oculus Quest 2. It’s a standalone vr headset that doesn’t need to be tethered to an external computer. It just works out of the box. The UI is pretty darn good and it doesn’t take long to get up and running and embark on a journey into virtual worlds. You can look at a large library of 360 degree experiences on the youtube VR app, watch 3d movies as if you are in a movie theatre on an app called bigscreen, collaborate remotely with teams while accessing your computer’s desktop in the same virtual office space with an app called immersed, and of course play tons of games. The list is growing each day.

So you guys know who owns Oculus, right? Facebook. I believe they bought the company around 7 years ago. For me, the quest 2 represents a consumer product that will probably continue to sell in large numbers this year, but won’t quite be the one everyone buys on monthly payments through their mobile provider.

For that, we will have to wait until next year when Apple joins the battle with their own play.

“Apple’s plans for virtual reality are getting clearer” https://www.engadget.com/apple-vr-ar-…

Apple appears to be rumoured to be releasing a “mixed-reality” headset in 2022. Mixed reality meaning AR and VR. Apple seems serious about this play – they moved their head of engineering Dan Riccio to a top secret project many believe is VR and AR. Interview w Zuckerberg: https://www.theinformation.com/articl…

0:41:50​ – SRT response

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