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Will CEEK Be Taking Virtual Reality To The Next Step?

· May 7, 2018 · 6:00 pm

Celebrities and fans oftentimes have a unique relationship. On the one hand, celebrities can become annoyed with all the attention – photo after photo, hardly any privacy, sometimes outright stalking – the list seems like it goes on and on. A simple Google search yields some hilarious photos of celebrities and their fans. It’s as if every photo is saying “Please go away.”

On the other hand, some celebrities embrace their platform and use it to better the world. For these celebrities–be they actors, musicians, or other performers–the spotlight isn’t about them, it’s about their fans. They perform not for the money–though it must certainly help–but to bring joy to their many followers.

Unfortunately for their fans, celebrities can’t be everywhere at once. Though social media has made things much easier, such as allowing them to post photos and videos to keep in touch with their digital audiences, personal interactions are hard to come by. There needs to be a “next step” that further connects celebrities to their fans, and for a while now, there hasn’t been a worthy challenger.

Possible Solutions

This is changing, however, as celebrities continue to show interest in the amazing capabilities of virtual reality (VR) technology. What’s more, some celebrities are actively partnering with VR companies to create VR shows for their fans.

CEEK, a VR company with an already successful VR headset, has partnered with major artists like U2, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and the recently announced World of Dance, to give fans immersive virtual concert experiences. Not content to maintain the status quo, the CEEK team is also working on some trailblazing blockchain developments that will revolutionize the way celebrities and fans interact.

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What Can CEEK’s Blockchain Program Do for Virtual Reality?

The core aspect of CEEK’s blockchain upgrade revolves around the tokenization of the virtual world. This allows the platform to not only run more efficiently but also operate more cost-effectively. A key feature is the ChainLink, a secure Blockchain middleware that lets Ethereum smart contracts on the CEEK platform connect to external resources through outside data feeds. As a result, CEEK can offer services such as “on-chain” subscriptions for direct purchase through the use of smart contracts. In essence, it links the payment systems of the virtual world with the payment systems of the real world, creating a streamlined and efficient transaction process.

In addition, the platform utilizes the CEEK token, a multi-purpose coin that has a variety of functions on the platform. Fundamentally, CEEK is the monetary unit with which users can purchase access to the platform’s VR features. It also has a voting function, allowing users to stake or vote on which content they want the platform to provide. This allows the platform to dynamically grow with the desires of its user base.

But what does any of this have to do with celebrities? As a part of their blockchain initiative, CEEK is debuting the CEEK Virtual Mint feature. The CEEK Virtual Mint is a token conversion protocol that allows celebrities to create custom tokens or coins for their fans. These tokens serve as “in-game” currencies and can be used for an array of purposes, including the creation of custom virtual goods and items. This includes concert tickets to a VR concert with special backstage passes; virtual skins, which can be kept by their owners or sold to other platform users in exchange for CEEK tokens; and frequent visitor coupons, which offer perks at venues that are continuously visited.

What’s more, celebrities will be able to create unique, custom VR experiences for their fans, only accessible through the CEEK platform. This includes backstage passes, interviews, and 360-degree concert experiences that simply aren’t possible in real life. In other words, the CEEK platform provides a way for celebrities to connect with their fans on a more personal level. Because the platform is powered by the blockchain and operates using VR technology, physical barriers like distance are eliminated. Now, fans and their favorite celebrities can connect on a global scale and still have experiences that are just as good as the real thing–sometimes even better! A whole new set of opportunities is available on the CEEK platform, for both celebrities and their biggest fans.

Can CEEK make the concert-going experience more immersive for fans? How will it impact celebrity-fan interactions? Let us know in the comments below.

Images courtesy of CEEK

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Virtual Reality Business Networking on The Blockchain

· July 23, 2017 · 11:30 am

Shares Per Hour, better known as SPH, takes business networking to the next level using the innovation of virtual reality (VR) and blockchain technologies.

[Note: This is a press release.]

You’re probably familiar with LinkedIn, if not, it’s a site where professionals can connect & network with each other through a website and mobile app. These current web and mobile app based services are fast becoming hard to use and outdated. SPH brings new life and excitement to the world of “Business Networking”, incorporating distributed technology that brings people closer together than ever before.

The improvements come from utilizing the three leading technologies in computer science: VR; Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. Let’s take a more in depth look at how these breakthrough technologies aid in improving coordination, leading to increased productivity and time savings for businesses and everyday life.

Virtual Reality (VR) Virtual Reality Becomes the New User Experience (UX)

Shares Per Hour demonstrates the power of a deeply immersive work space. No longer are you limited to the size of a computer screen or mobile phone. Now your entire field of vision is accessible and functional. Don’t worry about access to your legacy desktops and cell phones, you still have them right there in the virtual office space of your choice.

There’s no need to pull your cell phone out of your pocket, instead, you can instantly see your phone’s screen and resize it however you like in futuristic holographic representations right in virtual reality. The same goes with your desktop screen and even your team members computer screens. Instantly teleport over to your co-worker’s office to collaborate, even at the virtual beach.

SPH expands much further into the VR immersive user experience but we will first explain the foundation that Virtual Reality will sit on, distributed ledger blockchain technology.

Blockchain Allows SPH to Progress Past a Simple Business Networking Project

The blockchain enables smart contracts to be created between parties. After negotiating a deal in the virtual world, users can close the deal with a “virtual hand shake” backed up by a smart contract running on the blockchain. Secure “per hour” payment plans can be set up in place between users.

User studies have shown “per hour” deals are the quickest to close and begin, Workers actually receive payment every hour, in real time, which aids in the workers’ confidence. Employers are protected through the collaborative UX and the reputation system. We will talk more about this in the artificial intelligence section.

Artificial/Virtual Intelligence (AI/VI)

A great thing about the blockchain is the ability to source it for data, collecting and analyzing this public data for future use. Sourcing data is key to creating a useful AI. A top SPH feature using AI is the VR hiring agent or what some people might call a VR head hunter. This is where users go through a more personal and immersive experience describing themselves and their ambitions to a virtual hiring agent who can aid in determining where they best fit into the digital work force.

The same process happens with employers. In the end, AI/VI algorithms are used to match employees and employers together and schedule interviews. AI is not used to do smart contracts between users. Users interact with each other in the virtual world and come to agreements. AI is used to save time and the human interaction is used to make final confirmations on business networking agreements.

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about SPH, visit the official website: https://SharesPerHour.com.

Read the in depth technical blackpaper or view the friendlier overview and demo videos. The ICO token sale is currently under way. It’s free to join the website. We strongly recommend joining the website since registration for the website will close 72 hours prior to the end of the ICO. Only previously registered members will be allowed to participate in the ICO during the last 72 hours.

Images courtesy of Shares Per Hour

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Blockchain as the Matrix: Are We Entering a Virtual Life?

Source: bitcoin

The Matrix

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” –Morpheus, The Matrix

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Recently, supreme technologist Elon Musk proclaimed his belief that “The odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.” Skeptics worldwide broke down in grotesque inspection of this claim, as the possibility of living within a grandiose video game challenges society’s collective ability to cope with the deepest questions in life.

Technology today is accelerating towards altering our very existence. Artificial intelligence, deep space exploration, attempts to extend one’s consciousness onto a computer, and advanced robotics puts immense pressure on our economic systems, communities, and lifestyles to adjust to disruption accordingly.

What in the 1990’s simply looked like basic Nintendo video games, fine-grained TVs, and monolithic personal computers has morphed into a rather spooky postmodernist dental dam. Science fiction, quite simply, is finally coming to life.

Delving into our murky, robotic future, The Wachowskis renowned film “The Matrix” features a computer-simulated reality of the universe where agents, code creatures, and mere humans alike dwell. The world itself folded, and software had literally eaten the world in a twisted technological dystopia. Which year the film allegedly occurred in can be thought of as a technological arrival and conflict facing humanity more than a year arbitrarily placed on the calendar timeline humanity created. Within the movie, the participants of this network who awakened had to choose whether or not they wanted to believe a computer god had been their creator.

If the universe itself is really a computer simulation, as both “The Matrix” and Mr. Musk assert, then what is the end goal of our own technological advancement in 2016? Perhaps the most disruptive technologies today are hoarding people like sheep towards manifesting “The Matrix” into reality, our own reality or at least a never-ending attempt towards answering this question.

Blockchain, A Real-Life Matrix?

Among the leaders in the most impactful emerging technologies is the recent advent of blockchain technology, which some claim is the most influential innovation since the Gutenberg Press.

A culmination of 40+ years of research in computer science, blockchains enable strong encryption and independent transactions to exist on a fully decentralized, global network of independent nodes that are community owned and monitored. The blockchain is a perpetual stream pulling the world towards automation of all data tracking and securitization processes, an absurdist Hail Mary to get rid of paper files and paper cash.

Traditionally, every time you use services such as Facebook or Snapchat, they own all of your data that you generate on their platform. Blockchains represent a fundamental shift in the Internet’s paradigms for information stewardship. Now, as smart contracting, DAOs, and functional programmatic distributed storage and identity verification emerge, the technological breakthrough that is the blockchain is continues its ascent. What will blockchains have amounted to as they advance over the next 5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 years?

As traditional players such as Governments, banks, professional services firms, and healthcare providers enter the blockchain space, it is important to ask what the intentions of these groups are. Have incumbent institutions thought deeply through the implications of funding and spearheading advancement of cryptographically sound, distributed Internet protocols that can prove owners to prove digital ownership, enforce contract law, and facilitate trade between disparate parties? Recent hype and fear driven interest in blockchain technology signals that the aforementioned traditional institutions are, quite simply, taking the Blue Pill.

Like “The Matrix,” blockchains themselves have a logical end-point which is mirrored in the way that our perceptions of time and reality themselves function. It is not a coincidence that “Blockchain as reality confirmation” or “the universe is a blockchain” are phrases within the Bitcoin community. This parallelism can be thought of as follows:

Each morning, the sun rises. Events in your life happen, and then are forever frozen within time. There is no altering what has happened in the past and shall now sit as had occurred forever. Our memories of the past are abstractions, words to describe events that are immutable. No matter how hard we may have wanted something to turn out differently, it can’t change. The memories that are ours are ours, and our position within the network among other people is constant throughout our lives.

Blockchains are oddly similar, in that data written to a blockchain is also frozen its own chronology. Just as the entire universe can be perceived as an omnipresent recording of everything that has happened, scarce space on a blockchain (which is what Bitcoin represents) is fascinating because it too is simply data. Like our perceptions of reality itself, the “inherent value” of Bitcoin is based upon a social agreement that labels that piece of data as undertaking meaning, or being “real”. Moreover, just as the universe itself is a collection of matter, anti-matter, and a multitude of states of energy, the inherent value of space within a blockchain for people trying to simply live life day-to-day can be thought of as a form of ‘money as virtual energy’.

Virtual reality already gleefully tricks our brains into recursively thinking that the images behind that glass screen are real. Now, imagine what the world would look like if everyone was hypnotized in VR headset, while thousands of unique blokchchains automated the entire planet’s data tracking, data securitization, data transaction, and money transaction approval needs?

Our world is trending towards a Matrix-like state, and blockchains are acting as a lubricant fuel down an admittedly slippery slope. The internet of things, RFID tags, robotics, augmented reality gaming, and increasingly smooth integration into smart-phone applications will increase our collective reliance on blockchain technology as a backbone storage layer for the internet. Advancement here is accelerating, as projects such as Ethereum, TheDAO, Hyperledger, Ripple, Steemit, and Synereo all demonstrate the growing set of offerings in the blockchain buffet.

Through automating data storage and building within this programmatic infrastructure, we are creating a functional, immensely computationally powerful, decision making platform and digital toolkit for automating nearly any other traditional job function, decision or management procedure that required tracking data, from logistics to accounting to email and social media oversight. As blockchain is combined with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and potentially even quantum computing, it becomes gradually clear that Blockchain truly could be an ancient version of Skynet.

“Arguably we should hope that that’s true, because if civilization stops advancing, that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization,” Musk said. “So maybe we should be hopeful this is a simulation, because otherwise we are going to create simulations indistinguishable from reality or civilization ceases to exist. We’re unlikely to go into some multimillion-year stasis,” Mr. Musk remarked.

If blockchains really are this strong, secure, powerful, and even potentially scalable, as the lead blockchain developers have been promising since the release of Bitcoin, then we may be living in “The Matrix” already, without even knowing it.

Perhaps the rise of blockchain technology is a self-awakening towards this reality. Maybe it’s already too late, but that’s collectively up to us to decide.

What do you think of the Blockchain as “The Matrix” analogy? What are the long term technological end-point of this movement? Share your thoughts below!

Images courtesy of “The Matrix.”

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Virtual Reality and Cryptocurrency: Volexus and Uphold Join Forces

Source: bitcoin

Virtual Reality and Cryptocurrency: Volexus and Uphold Join Forces

Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that makes it look as a real environment. The virtual reality industry is expanding faster than ever as new investments are being made to support future VR-based applications. The industry is now making big efforts to develop new approaches and new tools to improve the usability and allow anyone to explore the full potential of this new technology.

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Virtual Reality also seems to be the perfect place to use virtual currencies and now two companies are trying to bring digital currencies and virtual currency together to start a whole new niche of development.

Uphold, a Cloud-based financial service and Voxelus, a virtual reality-based platform, have announced a partnership to enable Voxel users to purchase Voxels (VOX), which is the official currency of the virtual reality content creation platform. By using an Uphold account, Voxelus members will now be able to purchase Voxels directly from their Uphold wallet with no fee costs associated. Uphold also allows VOX to be moved, converted, held and traded as any form of digital currency. Voxels are designed to be used for the purchase, sale, payment and settlement of all content, products, services and awards within the Voxelus platform.

Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO told Bitcoinist:

“Since I am the founder and majority shareholder of Uphold and co-founder and majority shareholder of Voxelus, this allows me to combine the best innovations from both companies.”  

Bringing Digital Currency and Virtual Reality Closer

Voxelus is a virtual reality-based platform that allows for its users to play virtual reality games, easily create content and share it without having to know how to code.

Halsey Minor, Voxelus Founder and CEO says:

“Virtual currencies arose from in-game currencies. That’s where the ideas came from. Our goal was to create an in game currency that could create a real ecosystem where people creating cool content for the game can get paid in money that can actually buy things in the real world.”

The platform is trying to strengthen the ties between the two technologies and understands that both industries can benefit from each other. Besides the Internet of Things, these two industries are expected to go on full growth for the next years.

Minor stresses:

“The next 10 years is all about FinTech and VR. Two of the largest industries in the world: TV and banking & finance are going to get disrupted. Honestly, what could possibly be more exciting to watch than that, happen!”

Digital currency and Virtual reality – the perfect synergy

Halsey Minor also considers that VR and digital currencies are two new industries that are still giving its first steps and can learn from each other:

“There is no reason that virtual worlds cannot have their own currency, tuned to their own needs. Soon, virtual worlds and real ones will start to converge and one can expect things like money in the real world to have their virtual counterparts in VR. If there was ever a great place for a virtual currency, it’s clearly a virtual world.”

Founded in 2015, Voxelus is a revolutionary platform that allows anyone to create Virtual Reality games, experiences and virtual spaces without having coding skills. The platform consists in three basic fundamentals: Content creation, Game Play, and a Voxelus Marketplace, where creators and users can negotiate virtual reality content and games inside the Voxelus ecosystem, with Voxels. Voxelus also supports real-time multiplayer and is compatible with both Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear. The system resembles Second Life, as content designers are also rewarded for their content with an in-game currency – the Linden dollar.

Voxelus members can buy VOX directly on Uphold using bitcoin, bank transfer, credit or debit card, and hold VOX safely and securely in their Uphold Wallet for free. Voxelus is scheduled to fully launch before April 2016, and currently, Voxels are only accessible via beta pre­sale only.

With this partnership, the two companies become pioneers in a cooperation that will certainly bring a lot of innovation for both industries.

What do you think virtual reality can do for digital currency? Let us know in the comments below!



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