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The Web3 and AI Newsletter 21

The Web3 and AI Newsletter 21
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Hello, everyone, and warm welcome to all newly joined subscribers!

This is the Web3 + AI newsletter, where we explore the intersection of blockchain and artificial intelligence. We are now living in Bitcoin's fifth era, and although it's been less than a week, the crypto world is already different. Yet, the Crypto x AI space is incessantly evolving!

Thank you for being here! Let's dive in!

What's New in the Web3 + AI Startup World?

Aethir Joins Forces with io.net, Hemera Protocol

DePINs Aethir and io.net are combining their computing resources with the aim to democratize and decentralize the availability of high-performant AI infrastructure. io.net brings to the table its advanced infrastructure for harnessing idle computing power, whereas Aethir delivers its enterprise-grade GPU cloud, including 3,000 state-of-the-art NVIDIA H100 GPUs.

Together, the two companies will offer a powerful, low-latency, and cost-effective network comprising 640,000 GPUs and CPUs. With it, they hope to satisfy the exploding demand for computation, and to cater to the AI and gaming industries.

The GPU market is projected to skyrocket to a size of USD 206.95 billion by 2030. Our partnership aims to meet the growing demand for GPU computing with an efficient, sustainable, and highly scalable solution.
Aethir and io.net Announce Strategic Collaboration - Aethir
Aethir and io.net Announce Strategic Collaboration | Aethir

Aethir has also partnered with Hemera Protocol, an AI-native operating system for Web3 and creator of AI agents-powered blockchain data and analytics project SocialScan. The deal's objective is “to support AI evolution with the help of Aethir's decentralized GPU cloud network and establish new standards for computational resource accessibility and efficiency”.

[Aethir's] distributed cloud infrastructure leverages underutilized GPUs from various sources, effectively addressing the global compute shortage that stifles advancements in AI, gaming, and other GPU-dependent sectors. By partnering with Aethir, SocialScan aims to harness this untapped potential, offering our users and partners enhanced computational power necessary for complex data processing and analytics tasks.
Hemera x Aethir Partnership Announcement | SocialScan
Hemera Protocol, the AI-native operating system of Web3.0, is thrilled to announce a partnership with Aethir, a pioneering cloud computing infrastructure platform revolutionizing GPU utilization across the globe.

Nimble Partners with Social Scan, Linea, Mind Network

Nimble Network, the modular and decentralized platform for AI training and inference, has also partnered with the above-mentioned SocialScan. Their goal is to accelerate the next wave of community-owned AI and propel more inclusivity and ethics.

Nimble's partnership with SocialScan paves the way for thrilling AI agent advancements, harnessing top-notch data. With Nimble's decentralized training and inference prowess, developers and users can effortlessly leverage on-chain data from SocialScan, and participate in the community-owned AI journey.
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Moreover, Nimble struck two important deals, significantly boosting the decentralized AI stack and infrastructure. First, it integrated with the Consensys-bootstrapped zkEVM chain Linea to benefit from its high throughput, low gas fees, and enhanced privacy. The collaboration will also enable Linea dApp builders to access AI assets within the Nimble ecosystem.

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Then, Mind Network agreed to introduce its fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) capabilities into Nimble's ecosystem, once again showcasing FHE's growing importance in the Web3 industry.

This partnership will fortify Nimble’s product security and enhance its capacity to train, infer, and execute powerful AI models on commodity hardware.

Another favourable side effect of the deal is that Mind's members will have access to novel revenue streams and applications using Nimble's diverse AI models and training data.

Mind Network and Nimble Partner to Usher in a New Era of Decentralized AI
Mind Network and Nimble are partnering to achieve a never-before achieved landmark in decentralized AI. Mind Network is bringing its…

Crypto Miner Qtum Shifts to AI

Cryptocurrency miner and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) validator Qtum has announced its transformation into an AI chatbot and image operator. The firm is to dedicate 10,000 Nvidia 3000 series GPUs to power its new blockchain + AI ecosystem.

The Qtum Foundation’s GPUs will power the Quantum AI initiative, the first phase of which includes Qtum Solstice, a conversational chatbot similar to ChatGPT based on open source models, and Qtum Qurator, a text-to-image generation model similar to Midjourney.

This is just the first stage of Qtum's plan, as the company intends to launch up to 10 more AI-related products.

Qtum Foundation Unleashes 10,000 Nvidia GPUs for AI Web3 Revolution
Qtum Foundation’s deploys 10,000 GPUs signaling a paradigm shift in the intersection of blockchain and artificial intelligence, ushering in a new era of innovation and possibilities.

Announcements like this one confirm the concerns expressed in a recent CoinShares report that BTC miners may choose to switch to AI following the fourth BTC halving on April 20th. Every 4 years, the issuance of new BTC coins, i.e., the reward a miner receives for producing a block on the Bitcoin blockchain, is cut in half. The latest halving event decreased that reward to 3.125 BTC per block, thus making the mining business 50% less profitable. Meanwhile, the hunger for AI computation capacities is rising which makes it a rather tempting alternatives to miners. However, if miners did switch, that will seriously hinder Bitcoin's security and decentralization.

Bitcoin Miners May Shift Focus to AI After Halving, CoinShares Says
Miners will be faced with substantial cost increases as a result of the halving, with electricity and bitcoin production costs almost doubling, the report said.

0G to Equip BTC Staker Mirror with Data Availability

The AI-centric modular blockchain 0G will equip staking infrastructure provider Mirror with tools to upgrade Bitcoin with EVM-like functionalities, thus unlocking Bitcoin decentralized finance services (DeFi).

Mirror allows for BTC to be converted at 1:1 ratio to EVM-compatible mBTC, which subsequently can be deployed on various Layer 1 or Layer 2 chains, and used in lending, yield generation, etc.

The partnership provides the necessary infrastructure for Mirror to access 0G’s data availability functionality, leverage 0G’s modularity for enhanced interoperability, enhance security via 0G Storage, and integrate with 0G-based AI models.
Partnership Announcement: Mirror x 0G
The First Modular AI Chain

Rivalz & bitsCrunch to Fuel AI + Web3 Market Intel

Rivalz, an AI-driven DePIN rollapp for data provenance, has integrated with bitsCrunch, an AI-powered NFT insights provider. Through that collaboration, Rivalz will be able to enrich its AI intel layer with NFT market data and widen its service offering and ecosystem.

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Synesis One & OCADA to Supercharge AI on Solana

Solana-based Synesis One and OCADA have entered a strategic partnership to leverage the Solana blockchain for building enhanced AI solutions. OCADA is an AI agent and tooling creator, whereas Synesis One is a data crowdsourcing company, incentivizing users to provide high-quaity AI training data.

OCADA X Synesis One
Expanding AI Horizons on the Solana Ecosystem

Nillion, PublicAI to Use Nesa for AI Inference

The AI-centric Layer 1 chain Nesa has annonced its integration with both Nillion and PublicAI. While privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) are Nillion's raison d'être, PublicAI rewards users for contributing data, optimizing and fine-tuning AI.

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"Additionally, we will equip Nesa's network with a comprehensive suite of AI data services, including meticulous data collection, precise labeling, and robust vector database offerings", PublicAI commented.

Inco & Hyperlane to Spread Confidentiality Across L1/L2/L3s

Inco, the builder of an FHE confidentiality layer, has joined forces with the modular interoperability protocol Hyperlane in order to expand across Layer 1, Layer 2, and Layer 3 chains.

Hyperlane offers permissionless interoperability, allowing ANY dApps on ANY blockchains to quickly access Inco's Confidentiality-as-a-Service (CaaS).
Given the additional FHE hardware and MPC protocol requirements, existing public blockchains cannot easily support threshold FHE. As a modular blockchain with instant block finality, Inco fills this gap by extending randomness and confidentiality-as-a-service (CaaS) to existing transparent blockchains such as Ethereum, Polygon, and Base.
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Noteworthy Podcasts, Articles, Events

Consensys Suing SEC

Consensys, a veteran Ethereum builder and backer, has had enough of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's arbitrariness, which many would call criminal, and sets out to play offense. The SEC current chair Gary Gensler has been recently going after the good guys in the industry, like Coinbase and Uniswap, while allegedly having had cozy ties with FTX's SBF, one of the most massive crypto fraudsters in history.

Now, Gensler is gearing up to attack MetaMask, one of the oldest and most secure Web3 wallets, built by Consensys. However, Consensys strikes first, while also asking the court to declare once and for all: is ETH a security or not? Let's hope this Sword of Damocles will finally stop hanging over our heads.

SEC sued over Ethereum, crypto firm asks court to state token is not a security
The lawsuit was filed by MetaMask maker Consensys, which is seeking an injunction to block the SEC from investigating Ethereum.

Disclaimer: None of this should or could be considered financial advice. You should not take my words for granted, rather, do your own research (DYOR) and share your thoughts to create a fruitful discussion.