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SciFly NYC // 116 // Speculations from the Bottom of the Crypto Rabbithole

Weekly Events 3/2 - 3/8

Hey SciFly Readers!

This week, I want to take you down the crypto rabbit hole I have fallen back into this week as I catch up on blockchain projects, specifically social and collectible projects, after getting really into Decentraland last week.

But first, I want to share some great pictures from Speculative Future NYC's Holoptic Foresight Dynamics meetup with Frank Spencer from The Futures School. I had such an amazing time, took part in a super interesting group activity based on the HFD framework & as always connect with lot's of cool people, new and old.

Also, Speculative Futures NYC got a branding update!

I picked the colors (NYC sunset through the smog) and the wonderful Andres Valencia designed them for me (and all the other chapters too!)

Doc Falls Down Down Down the Crypto Rabbithole

In other news, this week I've fallen back down the crypto rabbit-hole a bit, after totally getting sucked into Decentraland last weekend.

As you can see below, I also had a very stark realization that laws of physics don't really matter in a virtual world, and spent a lot of time redesigning my LAND as a Speculative Futures Art & Design gallery. One big challenge was trying to copy the same types of materials over and over and use them in different ways, so I can stay under my upload limit. I had to get super creative, but I really like the way it is coming out!!!

Other than spending way too much time (or maybe not enough :P) playing around with Decentraland, I've been checking out a couple of articles, discussions, and new platforms that have sprung up while I was totally not paying attention to the crypto-world in the last few months.

Here are a couple of cool things I found.


The largest marketplace for crypto collectibles that also creates tools to help developers build rich, integrated marketplaces for digital assets.

I found this project because they allow you to sell the wearables and other collectibles you earn from Decentraland but in an open marketplace.

Check out this cool article that explains a bit about Opensea's evolution.


Brainstorm on the Future of Personal Tokens

I was a fellow at IDEO CoLab in San Francisco in the Summer of 2017 and learned so much from the wonderful people working there. So when I heard the lead, Joe Gerber, would be hosting a webinar on tokens, I had to go!

I had an awesome time joining a virtual interactive brainstorm on The Future of Personal Tokens. We listened to a great panel and then collaborated on a shared Figma board about ideas we had, where we thought the future was going etc.

I Tokenize Myself(?!) & Other Cool Projects

From the virtual brainstorm, I learned about a cool project, Personal Tokens, a platform where you can verify and tokenize yourself. They are looking to build an infrastructure for a future economy built on privately issued tokens backed with real people. Of course, I had to try it out. Check out my personal token, DOC. <3

After wandering around OpenSea for a while, I kept thinking, how can I earn/find things to sell on here so I can get more MANA to purchase wearables and LAND in Decentraland. This led me down a rabbit-hole of finding ways you can earn crypto-currency (especially Etherum or ERC-20 tokens) or, ways you can earn crypt-collectibles that you can then sell.

This hunt led me to a couple of cool things.

First, BAT rewards in the Brave browser. Brave is a desktop and mobile browser with privacy built-in. No ads, no tracking, and you can even turn most pesky paywalls off by using their built-in script-blocking. However, you can get rewarded on Brave if you allow advertisers to market to you.

Brave Reward's whole premise is that you can "Your attention is valuable. Earn by viewing privacy-respecting ads and pay it forward to support content creators you love.". So basically, I set up my mobile Brave browser to show me 5 ads/hour (as notifications) and I earn BAT tokens in exchange. Tokens I can then exchange for other tokens (like MANA, or Etherum) or for $$$.

Second, I found a couple of games and other projects where you can monetize your in-game assets or artwork. This means that they already are, or can be turned into, crypto collectible ERC-21 tokens that can be sold on OpenSea. 

The one I have been checking out the most heavily is Knight Story, an idle mobile game where you can earn, tokenize, and sell your weapons, armor, and accessories. Doesn't look like you can earn a lot for them right now, but the game is pretty new, so who knows...

Here are a couple of other cool projects I ran across: 
  • Cryptovoxels - Etherum Virtual World
  • Crypto Space Commanders (CSC) - Sandbox Space MMO w/ player-owned Economy
  • War Riders - First MMO game where you can earn crypto & blow up cars
  • CryptoMorph - Worlds first psychedelic NFT, earners can create their own NFT and mint onto the blockchain
  • Somnium Space - another open, social VR world built on the blockchain
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed peering down my crypto-rabbit hole this week! As always, let me know if you have questions, comments, or ideas for things I should also check out!

Thanks again for listening and keep reading for great speculative events!

"The future is here, now let's distribute it." 

Doc Martens

SciFly is a design studio dedicated to leveraging speculative design and science fiction to imagine and prototype alternative futures enabled by today's emerging technology.


Monday | 3/2

Tuesday | 3/3

Wednesday | 3/4

Thursday | 3/5

Friday | 3/6

Saturday | 3/7

Sunday | 3/8

OnGoing [classes, exhibits, shows etc.]


What I'm Reading

Here is a quick snapshot of my favorite books, podcasts, and articles this week.

For the First Time Ever, the World Is Mostly Middle Class and Largely Old
by Homi Kharas & Wolfgang Fengler

Freeman Dyson, 1923–2020
by Future TImeline Blog

As Coronavirus Looms, China Bans Videogame "Plague Inc."
By Jon Christian

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