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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.

Buying Your First Telos in 2022

Buying Your First Telos in 2022

More than three years ago we published several articles on how to use Telos Network. It’s been a minute and a lot has changed in this time. We want to make it as clear and easy as possible for new users to interact with and learn about Telos. As we go through the first steps, we will endeavor to include definitions and terms that you may or may not be familiar with and may or may not understand in the context of blockchain. We will explain it all and include a glossary of terms at the end for reference. So without further ado, let’s get started.

TLOS is the ticker symbol for the native coin or token on the Telos Blockchain Network.

Coin: “Simply put, a coin is a digital asset which is ‘native’ to its blockchain.” A type of cryptocurrency created to be used as money. Coins help with paying for goods and services, can be held for use later, and can be divided into fractions of the whole. Many people use “Coin” and “Token” synonymously and the differentiation is debated.

Token: “Unlike coins, which directly represent a proposed medium of exchange, crypto tokens are a representation of an asset on a blockchain. These can be held for value, traded, and ‘staked’ to earn interest.

The first thing you need is a Telos Account.

Account: A 12 character (generally speaking) address on the Telos Network, chosen and connected to public/private keys by the user.

The easiest way to get a free account is at wallet.telos.net.

This opens the signup screen where you fill in the blanks and copy and save your keys. It should be noted that the keys generated at this site are only one set, while best security practices indicate that users are advised to utilize two sets of keys. This can be easily accomplished later but for the purposes of getting started we will save that for another time.

Key security here cannot be emphasized enough. If you do not maintain 100% control of your private key, your account and any TLOS or other tokens associated with it are at risk of being lost or stolen from you. This means, you should not keep it on your phone. You should not keep it on a sticky note under your keyboard or anywhere else that someone else can access it. You should not take a photo of it and post it on the internet and you should not share it with anyone. You may be wondering what you should do with this thing now that you have it saved in a txt file and it’s sitting on your desktop. For the purposes of this article, we will leave it to you to research best practices for crypto key security and do what makes the most sense for you. Please do that. It is a very sad thing to lose your keys and we all known someone or a few who have done that very thing and lost thousands.

So now that you have secured your keys it is time to get a “wallet” so you can use them.

Wallet: A device or software program that allows the user to store their cryptographic keys and interact with the network to sign transactions and use their account.

We recommend the Anchor Wallet by Greymass. This can be downloaded for Linux, Mac and Windows through links at Greymass.com. Additionally, there are mobile products available for download from the respective Play stores.

With your new Anchor Wallet installed (version as of the writing of this article is v1.3.1) you will need to add your newly created account.

Then you will create a password and confirm on the next two screens.

Choose your blockchain (Telos) then import your newly made account into Anchor with the private key you saved. See screenshots below.

Enter the private key you saved when you created your account. The account matching your key will appear as below.

Note: there are two permissions associated with this private key. @active & @owner

Permissions: Permissions control what account users can do and how actions are authorized.

When you created your free account, it assigned the same key for both owner and active permissions. The owner permission can do all actions while the active permission can do all with the exception of changing keys. This is why it is important to use different keys for owner and active permissions.

Before you put any TLOS in your new account it is important to change at least one of your keys so that you can ensure the security of your account. Best practice is to change both to keys you generate on your machine in Anchor, while not connected to the internet.

To navigate there in Anchor: Click Tools in the left menu bar and Manage Keys under the Security section.

Click the Generate Key Pairs button. Followed by the Generate Key Pair (x2) Button. This will generate two new key pairs as pictured below. You may copy to clipboard and paste them as needed and save them to your Anchor Wallet. Follow the prompts to save the keys. Then close the window.

When you close the window you will be taken to the Key Management screen and will see the newly saved keys in along with the number of accounts associated with each key. The new keys will reflect zero.

Now that you have new keys you can update the permissions of your account by assigning one of each of the new public keys to the the owner permission and the other to the active permission.

At the top of your screen make sure you are logged in using the owner key of the account you want to change.

Go back to Tools and select Permissions under Security.

In this image, I have already changed the Active Permission and will now change the Owner Permission.

Note the warning regarding altering account permissions.

Select the Modify button which will open up a modal that allows you to replace the existing public key with the new one that you just created.

As indicated in the image replace the existing public Key with your new one. Note the additional warnings. Make sure that you have secured and have access to the new private key.

Clicking Update Permission will automatically change the key associated and you will now need to delete the old key from your wallet as shown below.

Click Home in the left panel and then the Manage Wallets button.

Next, select the menu next to the Use Wallet button and choose “delete wallet” for each of the keys on the left side that you have replaced. For each one you will be required to enter your Anchor password.

Once you have deleted the old keys that you have replaced, click the + Import Account(s) button in the upper right.

Select either option and Anchor will search the blockchain for any accounts that match the keys you have saved in your wallet.

Click the check box and click the + Import Account (s) button as shown below. Enter your password and you are set.

Now that you have a Telos Account and it is loaded into your Anchor key signer with fresh new keys, you are ready to fill it up with TLOS. You can see which exchanges are listing TLOS at telos.net

Telos is listed on a few exchanges but non that trade directly with USD, which means you will need to use USD to purchase a different token that can be traded for TLOS. Common pairs are USDT/TLOS and BTC/TLOS.

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!

Milestone Report for TCD TWP #9

The Telos Core Developers Telos Works Proposal #9 (proposal name: xheegyn5edcd) has been passed by the Telos voters and will be claimed. As part of this claim we will also present a short primer on how other Telos Works proposals can be claimed.

This proposal was a single milestone proposal for work that had already been performed that has been in use on Telos for several months, therefore no pointers to Github commits or other evidence of new work performed is included. However, the TCD recommends including evidence of work performed in milestone reports, particularly where there are additional milestones in the proposal and/or when the proposal is to fund future work.