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Astronaut Scott Kelly is Minting NFTs for a Very different Reason

Astronaut Scott Kelly is Minting NFTs for a Very different Reason

When people outside the blockchain space talk about NFTs it’s usually in a less favorable light. Often bringing up the excessive energy consumption that occurs on the Ethereum (or a similar) blockchain or the lack of practical application in regard to the technology. Sometimes people are just parroting their favorite late night talk show host or some other equally uninformed online source.

There are some incredible practical applications coming to the NFT space that we will be discussing (and showing) in the future. At the same time, NFTs created as a piece of art continue to demonstrate incredible value. In all artistic spaces there are people who produce art strictly for commercial reasons. And then there are those who create art because they are passionate about the message or the story that they are sharing through their art. Scott Kelly is one of those types of artists… and more.

Kelly is many things. He’s a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. Kelly also commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. He is also an artist and a philanthropist.

He recently raised over $500k USD on an NFT auction, donating 100% of those proceeds to help the people of the Ukraine as they fight to survive the Russian invasion of their country. That auction happened on Open Sea. Kelly was very happy about the funds they raised but is passionate about the environment and decided he needed a greener blockchain option in the future. Thus he turned to Telos, the ESG blockchain. A chain that can do 10,000 TPS, is totally green, costing a fraction what it costs on Ethereum, with transactions that are nearly feeless.

With this next set of NFTs Kelly partnered with Western NFTs, Inc. to mint a series of one of a kind NFTs featuring 15 photographs that also include an audio description in his own voice, describing a bit of the story connected to each of the amazing pictures. All of the images are taken from his year aboard the International Space Station.

These beautiful pieces of art are totally unique, capturing a single moment viewed from 254 miles above the surface of our planet from a vehicle traveling at over 17,000 miles per hour. That moment — that perspective will never be seen again.

The NFT’s are being minted and auctioned on Telos, utilizing the Telos EVM. The NFTs can be viewed and bid on while the auction is live at scottkellyart.com, where the auction will run for at least 48 hours. If a bid is placed in the final 10 minutes of the auction, the auction will extend 10 minutes from the time the bid is placed.

This unique collection of NFTs is being launched on Telos because it aligns with Kelly’s passion for sustaining the environment. Once again Kelly is also donating 100% of the profits from this auction to the people of the Ukraine in their fight for freedom.

The auction goes live on May 12, 2022 at 17:00 UTC.

If you’d like to check out the art in advance go the scottkellyart.com

GoodBlock Technologies is a partner with Western NFTs, Inc.

Interview with Annie Brown

The third installment in our “Women’s History Month posts series is with Annie Brown. Annie Brown is the director of Communications for Codepath which is a non profit organization that serves computer science students who desire a career in tech and also is the founder of Lips. Lips is a social media platform that is designed for women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. What makes this platform unique, is the focus on that community and drastically eliminating the type of harassment that is present on many Web 2 sites that we see today. Annie’s background is in communications with a focus of looking at media through a gendered lens. This approach to media, especially as Web3 continues to grow in popularity, helps tackle the problem many marginalized communities face while navigating Web2 spaces currently. Lips revolutionizes the original idea of the internet, which is the ability to give ownership back to creators. Lips operates within the blockchain, therefore, providing anonymity as well. Continuing with the theme of the previous articles, the same questions will be asked so we can see the broad spectrum of women’s perspectives in such an emerging industry.

Q: How can we as a community focus on bridging more women into roles such as yours within the community?

Annie states that this can be achieved in a couple of different ways. First, from Lips perspective, “We would like to introduce folx to emerging technologies. If someone is interested in gender, anti racist theory, etc. social justice movements. Technology is not always at the forefront of them progressing. Technology is incredibly important, and gives people intersectionality within technology. I think we need to make sure that these communities have the support they need.” This type of representation gives many people from marginalized backgrounds voices that they may not always have had access to in voicing opinions and concerns. Annie states that, “As long as communities can build and populate these technologies, these things can be impactful. Web3 isn’t impactful when it isn’t accessible to all communities. Governance and moderation has been done for the purpose of showing it can be done, what we’re trying to do is provide for the needs within communities. Requires a diversity of voices so that they are built and can continue to be built that way.”

Do you feel women aren’t as comfortable in tech? Why or why not?

Annie believes that this isn’t a universal ideology when it comes to the tech industry and the many branches under the large umbrella term. They believe that it depends on where you are in tech and the culture of the startup and tech of where you are. Larger companies discourage folx femme presenting people from participating in tech, specifically their own communities because they are already aware of the type of culture they participate in. However, instead of implementing better standards of practice to counteract this negative outcome, many companies choose not to change the behavior at all. Annie mentions that not all companies subscribe to that ideology. Companies that are doing well, such as Codepath, have an inviting culture and have a social impact foundation and inclusion from the start rise to the start of tech so that can be the face of tech. Non Inclusive models are not sustainable for society or the industries that they choose to be a part of. When successful companies are not transparent with the type of community they foster, this is not reliable data, because behind closed doors, individuals are secretly being excluded from some of these larger communities’ data.

What are some of your personal goals you would like to see for Web 3.0 and blockchain technology within the next year and within the next five years?

Annie would love to see Lips recognized as an example as a successful use of blockchain and more of a discussion around the importance of inclusion as a necessary part of building good technologies, more buzz and more excitement around the social impact and less about financial growth. They would also like to have the focus be on gender equality when discussing media and the social implications of inclusivity on marginalized communities.

Were you familiar with Women’s History Month prior to this meeting? How did you celebrate? Who are women in your life that you look up to?

For Annie much of her day to day focuses on feminist/queer theory but they do like that women’s stories are brought to the forefront and able to participate as a speaker in events. Annie looks up to Leah, Erika and Betty. All women who are making large contributions in the blockchain community. Also, Silvia Maa she’s an investor in Lips and Barbara Bickam was on the first congressional briefing of women of color in DC, and Kiesha Cash impact America fund. The women who are building and funding these products and the Lips team all women and genderqueer team. Helping them build LGBTQ entrepreneurship and mentors.

This article was written by Goodblock Technologies, Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Joslyn Branham. She holds a Communications degree from The Ohio State University which focuses in Social Media Marketing and a focus in media research.

Interview with Betty Waitherero

This is the second installment in my “Women’s History Month” series this month. What has been so interesting in this series has been asking the same general questions, and getting vastly different answers from the women asked. This further proves that women do not exist as a monolith, but as multi faceted entities in the world. The next featured woman making incredible waves in the blockchain community is Betty Waitherero. Betty’s background is in media, political science and communications. Like most individuals within blockchain, she was introduced to the concepts via a dear friend who is an engineer. This friend shared their passion for renewable energy within countries that would greatly benefit from the change, such as Kenya where Betty is from. During our interview, Betty further educated me on the benefits of blockchain technology, web3 and how this can be put into terms of creating equality for all and her methods of bettering the world through these methods.

Q: How can we as a community focus on bridging more women into roles such as yours within the community?

A: Betty states that this work should start before children and young adults have entered into the workforce. She recalls when she attended high school in Kenya and that even though every student took the same exit exams in high school, subjects such as tech and medicine were discouraged for the girls even though they received some of the highest scores on these exams. Betty explains that this is just the beginning of the misogyny that many women face when entering male dominant career fields. When women are discouraged from an early age from these introductory topics, you see an uneven playing field later in life. When we discourage women from even trying it becomes an unsupported idea that women are not intelligent enough to pursue these careers, even though there is no fact to support that claim. Betty states clearly, “It is my expressed opinion that women are smarter than men when it comes to science based subjects.” “If men can do it, it really isn’t that hard.”

What are some of your personal goals you would like to see for Web 3.0 and blockchain technology within the next year and within the next five years?

A: As we further discussed the general basics of blockchain technology and crypto, Betty explained to me that the use of tokens within the blockchain system should move towards accessibility outside of financial gain and profit, but accessibility to individuals who may not possess much capital power in the existing mainstream world. She says that her goal would be for mass adoption and accessibility of various coins that benefit many different communities and many different purposes. To make mass adoption accessible, there needs to be, in Betty’s opinion, a more concise, easily understood communication system to the numerous communities around the world. Betty explains that without a universal communication system, people who already know how to use digital monetary systems, do not know that human readable wallets and crypto currencies are things that they already know how to use and are even more secure than current centralized banking.

Were you familiar with Women’s History Month prior to this meeting? How did you celebrate? Who are women in your life that you look up to?

A: Betty is very aware of Women’s HIstory Month and attributes her knowledge of the month to her time at university in Kenya. She says that it was very important to not only know about Kenya women, but women all around the world. The women that inspire Betty in her lifetime and the work she has dedicated herself to are, Wangari Maathai, one of the biggest influences in renewable energy in Kenya, and her approach to environmental activism. Arumbhati Roy. One of the thinkers around community and activism. Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, and most specifically, one of Maya Angelou’s most famous poems, Still I Rise.

This article was written by Goodblock Technologies, Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Joslyn Branham. She holds a Communications degree from The Ohio State University which focuses in Social Media Marketing and a focus in media research.

Interview with Uma Hagenguth

On February 23 of this year, I had an opportunity to have a chat with one of the biggest names in blockchain technology, Uma Hagenguth. Uma Hagenguth is the COO and co-founder of Appics AG, a social media platform akin to Instagram, is housed on the Telos network. Uma has been involved with crypto since 2011 and introduced blockchain technology in 2013. By 2016 she became fully immersed by blogging, then in 2018 is when she became the co-founder of Appics, by Tony Winchester.

In more detail this is how Appics works and is revolutionary. Appics works like Instagram, a social media app centered around the sharing of pictures, but is based on blockchain technology. So instead of likes and a third party calculating your interests, algorithmically, there is an integrated reward system, Appics Token ($APX). The community on the platform decides what’s valuable. This means that if you want to continue to see, perhaps more dog videos, you send the creator of dog videos Appics tokens, to effectively pay them for their content. This means there is no middle man, or third party receiving compensation. How the pay works is there is a pool that goes to creators and commentors, and followers vote what is valuable. 65% of the post goes to the creator, 25% goes to fans who comment on creators’ posts, and 10% goes back to the apps. This system is decentralized, and starts earning the minute you are active. Uma describes this as a great introduction to cryptocurrency because of the relatability to existing systems. This method of social interaction causes users on Appics to think more about what is valuable on their feeds and to think critically about how the content should be valued. People tend to be more cautious and bring more authenticity and positivity to social media with more engagement. Appics engagement is significantly higher than existing web 2.0 social mediums, and less about algorithms and more about engaging in community with one another.

In this quickly emerging field of technology, or just technology in general, we often find ourselves in a male-dominated industry. With this short article, I intend to highlight the women who are making plenty of noise simply by the exceptional work they are producing for the masses through blockchain technology. With a few questions, my intention is to learn more about these individuals and make blockchain more accessible to those who may feel like this is an intimidating space.

Q1:The goal you plan to achieve with Appics is to make blockchain and Web 3.0 technology more accessible in general. How can we as a community focus on bringing more women into roles such as yours within the community?

A: First, present education that is marketed and focused towards women and the info is tech savvy and brand it towards women, much of tech has been predominantly targeted towards men. Secondly, instead of highlighting women for the sake of being women, Uma states just make it a norm to recognize the work that women put forth and have women support other women within these spaces get more female voices on board.

Do you feel women aren’t as comfortable in tech? Why or why not?
A: Uma states that personally there is a big stigma within society about what is classified as a job suitable for a man and a job that is suitable for a woman. That creates opportunities for developing and having room for both for women. She believes that it’s just a matter of creating a new narrative around this idea for bringing women into the tech space. Reaching out towards women in other industries that they are capable of working in tech and breaking down barriers and stigmas within these varying places. Uma also states, “women shouldn’t be placed on a pedestal. The main goal is to have valuable work that speaks for itself. Also, do not be intimidated by being the only woman in the space and let your work speak for yourself.”

What are some of your personal goals you would like to see for Web 3.0 and blockchain technology within the next year and within the next five years?
A: Uma would like to focus on mass adoption on Appics, an NFT marketplace, having a place within the metaverse and being decentralized within other industries such as finance and other social media platforms. Within the next 18 months: for bitcoin to become more prominent and mass adoption of countries accepting crypto as valid currencies.

Were you familiar with Women’s History Month prior to this meeting? How did you celebrate? Who are women in your life that you look up to?

A: Uma says, while being familiar with the month, there has not been a big spotlight on Women’s History Month in her life. Uma says her team at Appics is evenly represented; half of the core team are women and that is who inspires her. These women who present good work and create an even playing field that is balanced. Uma says, it’s not so much about them being women it’s also very much about the work that inspires her, and that they just happen to be women is inspiring.

This article was written by Goodblock Technologies, Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Joslyn Branham. She holds a Communications degree from The Ohio State University which focuses in Social Media Marketing and a focus in media research.

GoodBlock Roadmap: Telos in 2022

GoodBlock Roadmap: Telos in 2022

GoodBlock is adding nodes and oracles to expand the Telos ecosystem this year. Here are the current and planned rollouts.

We’re Expanding Functionality!

GoodBlock is adding a suite of Oracles and redundancy nodes to the Telos Ecosystem. The Telos Blockchain depends on these types of enhancements to grow and thrive. Adding new functionality improves what smart contracts can do. Adding redundancy improves the speed and resiliency of the chain. So we’re adding both!

DelphiOracle — Provides a price feed for the Telos environment. This Oracle is a reliable source for getting price information on the exchange of TLOS. This Oracle is useful for proving that TLOS has value and liquidity. These are key considerations of Fiat Exchanges to list our token.

Hyperion — Hyperion is an improvement on the current history API solution Telos uses (v1). Hyperion uses Elasticsearch, a powerful search engine which is capable of deep searches with fast results. dApps can use Hyperion to search historical transactions faster than previous iterations, helping them stay current.

BlockBase — BlockBase is the chain applied to Databases. Customers can use BlockBase-derived sidechains to create complex databases. It provides full encryption of the data, only accessible by encryption keys.

RNG Oracle — The blockchain doesn’t do one thing very well and that’s Random Number Generation. Yet this is an oracle API that generates random numbers for use inside smart contracts. Random outcomes are a core element in many games and decision engines, making this oracle a must.

We’re Building Decentralized Applications!

DecideVoter — DecideVoter has had some incredible events in the last few months. First, the cost to make a voting treasury has dropped from 500 to 20 TLOS. This allows anyone to be in reach of a voting engine for DAOs, governance, or even where to eat for Friday’s outing. DAOs are going to find DecideVoter to be an excellent and already running dApp. DecideVoter was recently used to hold the Telos Foundation elections this year! 259 voters participated, with more than 400 Million TLOS used to vote. This is an incredible start to the year for DecideVoter. Join DecideVoter here: https://decidevoter.app/

dStor — dStor is the future of decentralized application storage. This year, dStor will be used for NFTs, corporate files storage, and a whole host of decentralized applications coming to Telos. Prices for the service use USD and not tokens which adds resiliency for cost to use. dStor’s node operators are incentivized to provide higher quality storage, so files are locally highly available. Find dStor here: https://dstor.cloud/

A New You, and Telos in 2022!

Thank you for taking the time to read our roadmap. There is strength in this token, as shown by the many teams who are working to grow the chain’s capabilities. An election of the Telos Foundation has brought in fresh faces, including our own @FernSquirrel. Congratulations to her and to anyone who was nominated! Last year brought in new members of GoodBlock, who are working on exciting products this year. We can’t wait to see what this year brings to Telos! Let us know in the comments below how you feel about TLOS in 2022!

GoodBlock is accepting applications to expand our dStor team

GoodBlock is accepting applications to expand our dStor team

GoodBlock is looking to expand our awesome team as the dStor project moves along. We’re looking for Marketing, Developers, and SysAdmins that are legal to work in the USA (but can work remotely of course). We’re currently seeking the following positions, if you think you may be a good fit (or know someone who is), please reach out to us at info@goodblock.io with your resume and cover letter or CV.

Marketing Lead: We are looking for a self-starter marketing expert who can help establish the dStor brand from scratch to an audience of both the blockchain-savvy and general business users. We prefer experience working with small teams to project a large, sophisticated image.

System Administrator/Dev Ops: Strong Linux and EOSIO skills required. Postgres, Docker, Kafka, Tinc, SSL, Cassandra, micro-services framework, Go-lang, and IPFS knowledge will all be valued.

Developer: experience in Node, Go-lang, IPFS, HLS video streaming, micro services, etc.

This is a great opportunity to join the GoodBlock team and help launch a killer new product, dStor. If you have serious skills, current availability, and a passion for blockchain and Telos, this could be your chance to help change the world! Also, if you can connect us to a candidate who fits one of these roles, there are 5,000 TLOS thank-you/referral bonuses if we end up hiring them. (Must introduce us to someone we don’t already have a relationship with.)

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!