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Inside Vitalik's Zuzalu. Is ETH better than BTC? NFT collections take massive price hit in 2023. FC Barcelona believes in NFTs. Indian banks asked to prepare for the future with AI and blockchain.
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Zuzalu, the first-of-a-kind event in Lustica Bay, Montenegro, is officially coming to an end after two epic months of pure awesomeness!
Zuzalu what? A pop-up city filled with around 200 brilliant minds, including crypto gurus, tech wizards, and longevity enthusiasts, all gathered in one place. They transformed themselves into the first citizens of a brand new civilization, leaving their old lives behind to envision a mind-boggling future for humanity. 🌍
And all thanks to Vitalik.
At Zuzalu, they dove deep into mind-bending topics like cryptocurrency, blockchain, AI, and the secrets of human longevity.
"Every single person here believes that they can change the world," Hannah Hamilton, co-founder of decentralised finance protocol Asymmetry.
They even considered creating a nation exclusively for the immortals - to address security concerns for that rarified population.
What does Vitalik say?
"I feel like a lot of people got into those things (longevity, crypto, AI, network states) at the same time. There's definitely a pretty significant cluster of the crypto space that's also interested in longevity, especially older Ethereum people.”
Also, Some clever Zuzalans (that's what they call themselves) brought a mountain of hyperinflated bolivars, Venezuelan currency that's practically worthless. But they didn't just hoard them; they turned these near-worthless bills into the hottest party invites in town. Mocked by some, these non-fungible tokens secured a spot at the gathering.
Guests without a bolivar were swiftly turned away, and if you brought a bolivar-less buddy, you had to surrender yours. The bolivars soon became valuable, and an app was even developed for virtual IDs based on their serial numbers, potentially creating a vouching system.
Is Ethereum better than Bitcoin tho?
Ethereum is the front-runner in terms of driving worldwide adoption and not Bitcoin according to 'Bitcoin Jesus.' (Bitcoin investor and advocate Roger Ver).
Despite Ethereum's scaling hurdles, Ver gave a shoutout to the rise of EVM-compatible blockchains and layer-2 scaling solutions like Polygon. Ver also provided an account of the "civil war" that occurred in the early days of Bitcoin between Ethereum's co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Bitcoin core developers, which eventually led to the development of Ethereum. Ver wasn't too thrilled with the Ledger Recover service, claiming that crypto's all about having complete control of your assets.
TTD NFT 🐝
See what happened to some popular NFT collections in 2023. Doodles, Invisible Friends, Moonbirds, and Goblintown—once the talk of the town—lost a whopping 95% of their value in Ether.
The value of blue-chip NFT collections alone has fallen down by over 40% on average.
All thanks to Metaverse properties that were all the rage for investors in 2022 but now find themselves in a value freefall.
NFT investors are staying cool as cucumbers. Some believe it's the perfect time to jump in and make their move, expecting a comeback like no other.
The good news is that NFT holders skyrocketed by 90% - sellers increased by 32% while buyers decreased by 30%.
Crypto sceptic Peter Schiff still believes.
He launched his very own NFT project called "Golden Triumph" featuring a hand holding a precious bar of gold.
Barcelona too believes in NFTs 👇🏻
TTD Advice 😕
Dr. Saifedean Ammous, author of the book "The Bitcoin Standard," has been appointed as an economic adviser to the National Bitcoin Office of El Salvador.
The office announced his appointment, and Dr. Ammous expressed excitement to work in the first country to adopt a Bitcoin standard. He believes Bitcoin's unique characteristic of being a strong asset that doesn't depreciate over time is crucial. Dr. Ammous recently traveled to El Salvador to teach locals about Bitcoin and met with President Nayib Bukele to discuss the benefits of economic liberty. The National Bitcoin Office manages crypto-related matters in El Salvador. Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert are also part of President Bukele's Bitcoin team.
TTD Numbers 🔢
San Francisco-based wallet-as-a-service provider Magic has secured $52 Million in a funding round led by PayPal Ventures, bringing its total funds raised to over $80 Million.
Magic's software is used by brands in various industries, and with the funding, they aim to expand adoption, enhance functionality, and deepen integration in the European Union and Asia-Pacific region. By using Magic's software development kit, vendors can enable users to create wallets using existing logins, and the platform complies with various regulations. Since its founding in 2020, Magic has generated over 20 Million unique wallets and is utilised by more than 130,000 developers. The funding round reflects the growing interest and investments in crypto and Web3 wallet providers.
TTD Blockquote 🔉
Mahesh Kumar Jain, Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor
“To prepare for the future."
India's central bank wants banks to embrace AI and blockchain for sustainable growth.
At a conference organised by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the directors of Indian banks, Deputy Governor Mahesh Kumar Jain discussed risk strategies around sustainable growth and stability.
Deputy Governor Mahesh Kumar Jain recommended these innovative technologies along with digital transformation, improved customer experience, and cybersecurity measures.
TTD Surfer 🏄
Intent-centric blockchain protocol Anoma secures $25 Million in funding to continue developing its third-generation architecture.
UAE announces anti-money laundering rules for digital assets. The licensed financial institutions required to verify customer identities.
Tether (USDT) – announced expanding its presence in Georgia with an investment in a payment processing company called, CityPay.io.
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