Web3 and NFTs: Catalysts for Change in the Digital Era of 2024

Web3 and NFTs: Catalysts for Change in the Digital Era of 2024

Web3 is a term that has been gaining popularity in the tech world, especially among the enthusiasts of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and decentralized applications. But what exactly is Web3, and why is it important? How does it differ from the current web, and what are the benefits and challenges of adopting it? And most importantly, what is the future of Web3, and what role will non-fungible tokens (NFTs) play in it?

What is Web3?

This is a concept for the next iteration of the internet, built around decentralization and often incorporating blockchain technologies, such as various cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It is supposed to be a more open, fair, and democratic web, where users have more control over their data, identity, and assets, and where intermediaries and gatekeepers are replaced by peer-to-peer networks and protocols.

Web3 is contrasted with Web2, the current dominant model of the Internet, which is based on centralized platforms and services that provide user-generated content, social media, and e-commerce. Web2 has enabled unprecedented innovation, connectivity, and convenience, but it has also created problems such as data breaches, privacy violations, censorship, misinformation, and monopolization.

It aims to address these problems by leveraging the power of blockchain, a distributed ledger technology that records transactions in a secure, transparent, and immutable way. Blockchain enables the creation of digital assets that are scarce, verifiable, and programmable, such as cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that can be used as a medium of exchange, a store of value, or a unit of account, without the need for a central authority or intermediary. NFTs are unique digital identifiers that can represent ownership and authenticity of any digital or physical item, such as art, music, or collectables.

Web3 also relies on the concept of smart contracts, which are self-executing agreements that are encoded on the blockchain and can perform various functions, such as transferring funds, verifying conditions, or triggering events. Smart contracts enable the creation of decentralized applications (DApps), which are applications that run on a distributed network of nodes, rather than on a single server or company. DApps can provide various services, such as decentralized finance (DeFi), gaming, social media, and more.

What is the main driver for Web3 in 2024?

In my personal view, Web3 is still in its early stages of development, and many challenges and uncertainties need to be overcome before it can achieve mass adoption. Some of these challenges include scalability, interoperability, usability, regulation, and security. However, many factors are driving the growth and innovation of Web3 in 2024, such as:

  • The increasing demand for digital sovereignty, privacy, and security, as users become more aware and concerned about the risks and drawbacks of Web2, such as data exploitation, surveillance, manipulation, and censorship. Web3 offers users more control and ownership over their data, identity, and assets, as well as more transparency and accountability over the platforms and services they use.
  • The rising popularity and value of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, as more people and institutions recognize their potential as alternative forms of money, investment, and expression. Cryptocurrencies and NFTs enable new ways of creating, exchanging, and storing value, as well as new forms of art, culture, and community.
  • The emergence and development of new technologies and standards that enable faster, cheaper, and more efficient transactions and interactions on the blockchain, such as layer-2 solutions, cross-chain bridges, decentralized identifiers, and verifiable credentials. These technologies and standards aim to improve the scalability, interoperability, and usability of Web3, making it more accessible and attractive to a wider audience.
  • The support and involvement of various stakeholders, such as developers, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators, and users, who are contributing to the innovation and adoption of Web3. Developers are creating new and improved DApps and protocols that provide various solutions and opportunities for Web3 users. Entrepreneurs are launching new and exciting projects and platforms that leverage the power of Web3. Investors are funding and supporting the growth and development of Web3 projects and platforms. Regulators are providing guidance and clarity on the legal and regulatory aspects of Web3. And users are exploring and experimenting with the various possibilities and benefits of Web3.

Do you think NFTs will have a big comeback?

NFTs are one of the most prominent and controversial aspects of Web3. NFTs have been used to create and trade digital art, music, collectables, and other forms of creative expression, generating billions of dollars in sales and attracting mainstream attention and participation. However, NFTs have also faced criticism and skepticism, due to their environmental impact, legal ambiguity, and speculative nature.

According to Cryptoslam, NFTs experienced a huge boom in 2022, reaching a peak of over $23 billion in sales. As we all know, they also suffered a sharp decline in the following months, dropping to less than $8 billion in sales in the 2023. This was due to various factors, such as market saturation, regulatory uncertainty, technical issues, and fraud.
However, despite the slump, NFTs have shown signs of recovery and resilience in 2024, thanks to several developments and trends, such as:

  • The improvement and adoption of more energy-efficient and eco-friendly blockchain technologies, such as proof-of-stake, layer-2 solutions, and carbon offsetting. These technologies aim to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of NFTs, which have been a major source of criticism and concern.
  • The emergence and popularity of new and diverse forms and genres of NFTs, such as gaming, metaverse, music, sports, and social media. These forms and genres of NFTs offer more utility, functionality, and interactivity to users, as well as more opportunities for creators, artists, and celebrities.
  • The integration and collaboration of NFTs with other Web3 platforms and services, such as DeFi, DAOs, and DEXs. These platforms and services enable new and innovative ways of creating, financing, governing, and exchanging NFTs, as well as enhancing their value and liquidity.
  • The recognition and acceptance of NFTs by various institutions, organizations, and individuals, such as museums, galleries, brands, celebrities, and influencers. These entities are using NFTs to showcase, promote, and monetize their work, as well as to engage and reward their fans and followers.

Therefore, I think that NFTs will have a big comeback in 2024, as they continue to evolve and expand their scope and impact. It will not only be a form of digital art, but also a form of digital identity, culture, and economy. It will not only be a niche and novelty but also a norm and necessity. NFTs will not only be a part of Web3 but also a driver of Web3.

Bottom Line

Web3 is a vision for a new and improved internet, where users have more freedom, power, and value. Web3 is driven by various factors, such as the demand for digital sovereignty, the popularity of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, the innovation of new technologies and standards, and the support of various stakeholders. It is also challenged by various obstacles, such as scalability, interoperability, usability, regulation, and security. Web3 is still in its infancy, and its future is uncertain and unpredictable. It is full of potential and promise, and its future is exciting and inspiring.

NFTs are one of the most prominent and controversial aspects of Web3. NFTs have been used to create and trade digital assets, generating billions of dollars in sales and attracting mainstream attention and participation. NFTs have also faced criticism and scepticism, due to their environmental impact, legal ambiguity, and speculative nature. NFTs experienced a huge boom and a sharp decline, but they have shown signs of recovery and resilience in 2024, thanks to several developments and trends, such as the improvement and adoption of more eco-friendly blockchain technologies, the emergence and popularity of new and diverse forms and genres of NFTs, the integration and collaboration of NFTs with other Web3 platforms and services, and the recognition and acceptance of NFTs by various institutions, organizations, and individuals.

Web3 and NFTs are not just technologies, but also movements and cultures. Maybe more WebX will emerge in 2024. Just like Web4 that Anndy Lian talks about, Jack Dorsey on Web5 and Justin Sun on Web6. Anything can happen. They represent a new way of thinking and living in the digital age, where users are empowered, connected, and creative.

 

Source: https://in.investing.com/analysis/web3-and-nfts-catalysts-for-change-in-the-digital-era-of-2024-200609039

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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ORACLE RED BULL RACING CHAMPIONS COLLECTION 2023’ FREE DIGITAL DROP LAUNCHED ON SUI

ORACLE RED BULL RACING CHAMPIONS COLLECTION 2023’ FREE DIGITAL DROP LAUNCHED ON SUI

Own a unique part of the World Championship-winning Team’s history, with the exclusive digital collectible drop launched on Sui, in collaboration with Bybit, to commemorate the record- breaking 2023 season.

Oracle Red Bull Racing today announced the launch of the ‘Oracle Red Bull Racing Champions Collection 2023’: digital collectibles for fans to commemorate the Team’s historic, record-breaking season in a new and innovative way. For a limited time, fans can mint the collectibles free of charge exclusively on Sui, the team’s official blockchain partner, via the dedicated landing page on Bybit.com.

The launch follows the most successful year in history for Oracle Red Bull Racing who set records for most championship points in a single season, led on the greatest number of laps, captured the Team’s first one and two individual driver finish and saw driver Max Verstappen secure the most points ever in a single Formula 1 season. By minting and owning these digital collectibles, fans will be able to own a commemorative part of Oracle Red Bull Racing’s record-breaking season.

The collectibles will feature unique art designed by Automobilist, an award-winning design studio with individuals passionate about creating designs and art around all things motorsport. The collectibles will be available via Bybit.com, the official cryptocurrency exchange platform partner to Oracle Red Bull Racing. Fans can claim the collectibles for free from Friday 15 December at 5pm GMT to Tuesday 19 December, using their existing social media credentials.

Dan Mitchell, Senior Marketing Manager of Oracle Red Bull Racing said: “After such an incredible and record-breaking season, we are excited to be working in close collaboration with our partners Sui and Bybit to offer fans a unique part of the Team’s history, with our celebratory digital memorabilia. It is important that we continue to engage and connect with fans around the world in new and innovative ways, and this collaboration takes this to the next level: giving our fans access to digital collectibles and virtual experiences. We see real value in using Web3 technologies such as NFTs in the form of digital collectables, which elevates the fan experience and brings them even closer to the Team. We are excited to continue working with our partners and look to expand our offerings even more in the future.”

Evan Cheng, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mysten Labs, said: “The growth of web3 has changed how teams like Oracle Red Bull Racing connect with their fans. By minting these commemorative collectibles through zkLogin, a secure and efficient bridge between the familiar world of web2 and the new world of web3, not only can fans feel like they now own a piece of the team’s historic and record-breaking season, but Oracle Red Bull Racing can directly offer their loyal fans exclusive digital experiences for supporting the Team, all without the need to create a crypto wallet or loading it with funds via a third party.”

Anndy Lian, Head of Partnerships of Bybit, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Oracle Red Bull Racing and Sui to celebrate their historic achievements in the 2023 F1 season. We are proud to support the decentralized NFT drop that will allow fans to own a piece of Oracle Red Bull Racing’s legacy and connect with their heroes in a new and exciting way. We believe that NFTs are not only a new form of digital art, but also a new way of expressing identity, value, and reputation in the Web3 era. We look forward to seeing the amazing digital collectibles that will be created and distributed on Sui, and we invite our users and the crypto community to join us in this celebration.”

Earlier this year, Oracle Red Bull Racing announced a multi-year partnership with Mysten Labs, the web3 infrastructure company and developer of the Sui Layer 1 blockchain, focusing on taking the Team’s connection with fans around the world to the next level.

 

Source: https://www.redbullcontentpool.com/redbullracing/CP-S-17608

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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What you should know about how tokenised digital money helps with safer transactions

What you should know about how tokenised digital money helps with safer transactions

Like most Singaporeans, Mr Leslie Koh, 50, welcomed the $300 worth of Community Development Council (CDC) vouchers he received.

He was one of over 1.1 million, or 90 per cent, of Singaporean households who had claimed the third tranche of the vouchers within a month of its launch in January.

The vouchers were part of the Government’s measures to support Singaporeans with cost-of-living concerns. Of the $300, half could be used at participating hawker stalls and heartland merchants’ stores, and the other half at participating supermarkets.

Residents claim the vouchers at go.gov.sg/cdcv. They will receive a link on their verified mobile numbers, where vouchers in fixed denominations of $2, $5 and $10 can be accessed.

To use them, you select the amount, get a QR code, and show it to participating merchants to scan and complete the transaction. The current tranche of vouchers will be valid until Dec 31, and can be claimed any time until then.

“My wife and I found the CDC vouchers convenient and easy to use,” says Mr Koh, an editor at a Christian organisation. “We redeemed most of it at the neighbourhood hawker centre, provision shop and barber.”

So it seemed easy to use. But was it as easy for merchants to accept? Not quite.

The Problem

An AsiaOne report last year revealed that the scheme faced teething issues shortly after it was first launched to all Singaporean households in December 2021.

Some older hawkers were unfamiliar with accepting digital payments and tried to avoid accepting CDC vouchers. Others were short-handed and found it quicker to accept cash. Some hawkers shared that they were duped by consumers who used fake QR codes that did not result in any payment being made.

For voucher schemes like CDC, merchants must also sign separate contracts before joining a new phase of the campaign – even if they had participated in previous ones, notes the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in its Project Orchid White Paper released last November.

Project Orchid, launched by MAS in 2021, seeks to explore and experiment with the infrastructure needed to implement a digital Singdollar.

The voucher claiming process also requires all parties – such as the merchants, voucher issuer and bank – to ensure accurate cash flow. Any discrepancies could lead to a “long and costly dispute resolution process”, notes the MAS.

Nevertheless, interest among merchants has grown. The number of participating merchants increased from about 10,000 in 2021, to over 22,000 this year.

But is there a better way to administer such schemes?

The Possible Solution

Purpose-bound money (PBM) could potentially address these issues, says Ms Janet Young, managing director and head of Group Channels and Digitalisation at UOB.

PBM refers to a protocol that sets the conditions upon which an underlying tokenised digital currency can be used.

It controls how the money is spent by “wrapping” rules or conditions around it. These rules can limit spending to specific merchants or particular goods or services.

For example, the Government can use PBM to issue vouchers such as those by the CDCs, which can only be used at participating merchants, and cannot be used beyond the expiry date. If these conditions are met, the digital money is “unwrapped” and released instantly to the merchant during the transaction.

“PBMs, allocated for specific uses or goals, offer several benefits,” says Ms Young. “It promotes financial discipline, ensures funds are directed toward intended objectives, reduces the risk of misallocation, and addresses inefficiencies of the current voucher schemes.”

Intergovernmental blockchain expert Anndy Lian points out that PBMs can enhance payment security and transparency by ensuring that the underlying digital money is used only by the intended person, and for the specific reason spelt out in the PBM.

“PBMs can be used for anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, or tax compliance purposes, where the underlying digital money is traceable and reportable,” Mr Lian explains.

To UOB, PBM is “an important element in the future of digital money as it enables money to be directed towards a specific purpose, without requiring the money itself to be programmed”, says Ms Young.

“As we uncover the potential of PBMs, we open doors to a future of digital money that can direct allocations, driving opportunities for innovation, value creation and efficiency.”

The Potential

MAS’ Project Orchid is exploring the use of PBMs, and various trials have been initiated with banks and the private sector on the applications of PBMs and a digital Singdollar. To support MAS’ efforts, UOB has run three pilot trials so far.

Last year, UOB partnered with SkillsFuture Singapore to explore how the disbursement of SkillsFuture credits for courses by overseas training providers could be enhanced, using a digital Singdollar issued by the bank. The pilot is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

At the Formula One festivities in September, UOB worked with Grab and fintech firm Fazz to launch the Singapore Pitstop Pack. Participants could use PBM-based commercial vouchers to make purchases. The vouchers can be used until the end of the year at over 200 participating merchants islandwide, and are available to locals and tourists.

Last month, at the Singapore Fintech Festival, UOB and OCBC ran a trial on the fungibility of a digital Singdollar and interbank settlement using a simulated wholesale CBDC. As part of the trial, participants could request PBM from one bank, and use it to claim a piece of merchandise from the other.

Ms Young says: “The successful completion of the last two pilots represents a significant stride in Singapore’s larger ambition to work towards a truly seamless financial ecosystem with domestic and cross-border applications.”

 

Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/business/what-you-should-know-about-how-tokenised-digital-money-helps-with-safer-transactions

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author- “NFT: From Zero to Hero” and “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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