Greg Meredith did a deep dive into Casper this week, which you can read more about in the latest debrief. You can also stay up-to-date with the board via Kenny Rowe’s weekly progress report. And, of course, the big news this week: RNode v0.8.1 has been released!
It’s been a hectic week with an ongoing server migration, but the good news is all web properties are now under one system, created by Kayvan Kazeminejad. The blog still has a few links that are moving over, but for the most part, all of our websites will be updated regularly now. Feel free to reach out to me on Discord (derekberes#9533) if you spot anything in need of attention.
One of the projects I’m most excited about on RChain is Imogen Heap’s Mycelia initiative and the organization’s Creative Passport. Click the link to check out their new video, which explains what I believe will be a game-changer for artists around the world. It’s one of the most promising early use cases we’re going to see on-chain; the development team in Berlin is working hard to make the passport come to life.
I had a talk with Nathan Schneider, author of Ours To Own and Hack and Everything For Everyone, for an upcoming RCast. I enjoy most interviews, but this one was special. His thoughts on the cooperative model are both grounded in historical examples and forward-thinking. Look for that in about two weeks, as next week we have a special RChain EU talk.
Thanks, as always, for being part of the RChain community. — Derek Beres, Director of Content
Every time I order from an online store, all of my web pages are filled with ads for that brand for weeks, even months. This makes no sense: I’m already in the company’s ecosystem. Many times, I’m a fan and require no prodding to return when I need to replenish or renew. Ads have destroyed the internet experience. Up to 79 percent of mobile bandwidth on news sites is consumed by advertising. And, as EVERY* CEO and founder, John Wantz, says on the latest RCast, the relationship between brand and consumer is not served by current models.
EVERY* is more than a rewards program. As Wantz mentions, most so-called programs aren’t investments into a company, they’re losses the company is willing to take to keep consumers think they’re building “loyalty.” Wantz writes that the relationship between brand and consumer changed dramatically when we went from physically shopping to spending most of our time ordering on our phones.
RChain Asia was invited to be the first blockchain project presenting at the facility: a five-day, 25-hour training in many foundational aspects of blockchain and basic training on RChain and Rholang to illustrate these principles. About two dozen attendees have been chosen from fifty applicants for this class, which will be lead by Joshy Orndorff and Isaac DeFrain. In addition to exposing participants to general overviews of mobile process calculi, consensus protocols and related, these sessions may create opportunities for potential future relations in Korea for various RChain platform partners as RChain moves toward main net launch in 2019. Korean-English translators will be on hand, and remote training is also being considered.