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RBC Research: Preparing for Hyperdrive – Themes that will define our new future

RBC Wealth Management Research | Dec 7, 2021

preparing for hyperdrive RBC - RBC Research:  Preparing for Hyperdrive - Themes that will define our new futureGet ready for accelerated disruption. As we think forward to the future, progress will be faster than it has ever been and it will not be linear. Just as we did in our Landmark 2018 Imagine Report, in this thought leadership study we have taken a global, cross-sector approach to determining the themes that will define our new future.

Challenging our global research teams in their respective areas of expertise and coming together to share ideas in recent months, we identified five key themes investors and executives alike across all industries must collectively understand to prepare for the years ahead.

Themes that will define our new future

1. The Quest for Immortality – Biopharma breakthroughs, life science real estate, 5G, autos, consumer wellness, space exploration and more come together to increase life expectancy rates globally.

2. The Individual Revolution – Data monetization, blockchain, gene editing and an evolving gig economy put the individual front and center like never before.

3. Artificial Intelligence Activated – This is no longer a drill. The path is set for the latter stages of AI to be integrated into our global economy. Don’t be left behind.

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4. Hybrid Living – Our physical and digital worlds are rapidly combining, suddenly becoming indistinguishable and the implications are radical.

5. The Great Balancing Act – An accelerating rate of change on multiple fronts has the potential to create unprecedented instability. Resources are constrained and as we make tremendous forward progress on global sustainability, we must always keep in mind the other side of the coin. Innovation will thrive and new tensions will arrive.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - RBC Research:  Preparing for Hyperdrive - Themes that will define our new future The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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tbDEX: Square Releases White Paper Detailing Protocol for a Decentralized Bitcoin Exchange

Coindesk | Tanzeel Akhtar, Nelson Wang |  | Nov 20, 2021

Decentralized identity - tbDEX:  Square Releases White Paper Detailing Protocol for a Decentralized Bitcoin ExchangeThe white paper from Square’s new TBD division describes a protocol for exchanging digital and other assets in a way that’s more accessible to everyone.

Payments giant Square released a white paper on Friday detailing a new decentralized protocol for exchanging digital and other assets known as tbDEX.

  • “The tbDEX protocol facilitates decentralized networks of exchange between assets by providing a framework for establishing social trust, utilizing decentralized identity (DID) and verifiable credentials (VCs) to establish the provenance of identity in the real world,” the company wrote in the paper’s abstract.
  • In a post introducing the protocol, a TBD developer wrote that “the tbDEX protocol aims to create ubiquitous and accessible on-ramps and off-ramps that allow the average individual to benefit from crypto innovation.”

See: 

5 guiding principles for decentralized identities

Microsoft's decentralized identity head leaves to join Square

Square CEO Jack Dorsey, who’s also the CEO of Twitter, announced the company’s plan to create an open developer platform for a decentralized bitcoin exchange back in August. He noted that TBD, Square’s new division focused on developing non-custodial and decentralized financial services, would be building the exchange.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - tbDEX:  Square Releases White Paper Detailing Protocol for a Decentralized Bitcoin Exchange The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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Liquid Avatar Technologies and Bonifii Make Verifiable Credentials Accessible for People and Financial Institutions in the Metaverse

Liquid Avatar Technologies | Cara Buckspan | Nov 30, 2021

Digital Identity and the Metaverse - Liquid Avatar Technologies and Bonifii Make Verifiable Credentials Accessible for People and Financial Institutions in the MetaverseDENVER, CO and TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / November 30, 2021 / Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. (CSE:LQID)(OTCQB:LQAVF)(FRA:4T51), a global blockchain, digital identity and fintech solutions company, and Bonifii, the financial service industry's first transaction network for verifiable credentials, today announce that privacy-preserving financial transactions in the metaverse will soon be possible through the upcoming availability of the Bonifii credential in the Liquid Avatar Wallet. This collaboration means that the Bonifii credential can be used as a "know-your-customer" (KYC) credential for avatars in Aftermath Islands and other compatible metaverses.

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The Bonifii credential is a decentralized digital identity enabling individuals to authenticate themselves in a way that maximizes privacy and security while providing an end-to-end onboarding experience. By working with Liquid Avatar Technologies and its wholly owned subsidiary, Oasis Digital Studios ("Oasis"), Bonifii will make its verifiable credential available for players in the game Aftermath Islands and facilitate in-game financial transactions in the same, privacy-preserving way real world customers use the Bonifii credential. This collaboration in the metaverse breaks new ground in the emerging digital experiences of Web 3.0.

Indicio, a global leader in decentralized identity software and trusted data ecosystems, will provide the integration. Both Bonifii and Liquid Avatar Technologies have worked closely with Indicio to develop a range of ground-breaking decentralized identity products and services, and both companies run nodes on the Indicio Network, a global blockchain-based network for identity.

"We're extremely happy to have the Bonifii credential available for use in our digital wallet," said David Lucatch, CEO-Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. "I cannot overstate how much this will simplify financial services for consumers and institutions alike.

Everything becomes easier for everyone-onboarding, verification, and fraud prevention. The ability to bring people who are currently underserved or excluded into services that can dramatically improve their lives - and to be able to do that in a robust, trustworthy way in both traditional online settings and the metaverse is an absolute game changer. Everyone and their avatars are going to need verifiable digital identities to live in the metaverse and function in Web 3.0."

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"Decentralized, verifiable digital credentials make everyone's life easier-but to us they are a breakthrough financial technology.  This technology is the foundation of Web 3.0, it is essential for privacy and security in the next stage of digital life," said John Ainsworth, CEO and President of Bonifii.

"With the Bonifii credential in the Liquid Avatar digital wallet, we are able to meet people where they are, and create a path for them to engage with and take advantage of services many of us take for granted. We also believe that we need to meet people where they are and will be digitally - and that means being available in the metaverse and providing new financial services for new consumer and commercial experiences."

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"The metaverse and Web 3.0 are here, and we are building the infrastructure to manage how we're going to live, work, and play in the intersection of the real and the digital," said Heather Dahl, CEO of Indico.

"Bonifii and Liquid Avatar get it, they're on it-and we're excited to help them realize their vision."

The Liquid Avatar Wallet mobile app is now available to everyone via Google Play and the App Store.


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NFTs and The Metaverse for Marketers

Search Engine Journal | Lisa Buyer | Nov 23, 2021

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The Metaverse is rife with opportunities for AR/VR and NFT-savvy brands and marketers.   Imagine your avatar walking into a digital wine shop and talking to an avatar wine expert to get some questions answered.  You order the wine and have it shipped to your physical address.  Welcome to the metaverse, the intersection of our digital and physical realities.

How Are Brands Entering The Metaverse? 

It seems that VR and AR are the new digital marketing.  Brands are building Vstores or virtual showrooms designed to allow customers to take a tour, interact with a space or interact with 3D products such as cars, jewelry, or any digital asset.  Virtual try-on will enable customers to tap into augmented reality, try on glasses or makeup, and visualize furniture and other products in their homes.

Innovative marketers are taking concerts, art festivals, and sporting events and transferring them into digital experiences.

Avatars need a fashion budget.

Selling digital versions of products in virtual reality is becoming a new revenue opportunity.  Gucci, Nike, and Dior all offer digital goods that allow personalizing and customizing avatars, whether handbags, shoes, hats, or sunglasses, as avatars now need a wardrobe change based on events, seasons, and moods.

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Going direct to the avatar (D2A) is the business model where brands are selling directly to digital identities.  Designing, creating, and selling in a digital world means no shipping or supply chain issues. Individuals can explore identities with their digital self.

Brands hit play, game on. It’s meta branding.

Sponsoring events in the physical world has proven ROI, and this traditional marketing practice is easily transferred to the metaverse.  Adding more creativity to the competition is gamifying commerce.  For example, Louis Vuitton created a video game to reach a younger audience and gamified with branded NFT collectibles.  Nike uses 3D technology to let consumers build/design their products and gain valuable intelligence by allowing fans to build their shoes.

Virtual pop-ups allow engagement at a distance.

Leveraging virtual worlds and brand placement creates a creative and customizable opportunity, especially in post-pandemic times.  One collaboration curating fashion, lifestyle, and art included  Coach, Disney, and Keith Haring.  The three made a virtual pop-up for visitors to discover and shop for special edition physical and digital gifts.  The digital shop showcased items to buy such as Mickey’s ears, shearling jackets, totes, and sweatshirts printed with Haring’s signature artwork, as well as AR filters and a bespoke Spotify playlist.  Talk about mixed realities and experiences.

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Try-on in a Snap for fewer returns and more direct sales.

Snap offers brands an opportunity to leverage Snap’s AR platform to engage Snapchatters in “try-on” with shoes, sunglasses, hats,.  Once they like the product, they can go straight to purchase. Gucci made a case study for this.  “The shopping AR experience generated positive ROAS, as Snapchatters were purchasing the products from the app! Not bad for a campaign that was only supposed to generate awareness and engagement,” according to Snap.

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NCFA Jan 2018 resize - NFTs and The Metaverse for Marketers The National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association (NCFA Canada) is a financial innovation ecosystem that provides education, market intelligence, industry stewardship, networking and funding opportunities and services to thousands of community members and works closely with industry, government, partners and affiliates to create a vibrant and innovative fintech and funding industry in Canada. Decentralized and distributed, NCFA is engaged with global stakeholders and helps incubate projects and investment in fintech, alternative finance, crowdfunding, peer-to-peer finance, payments, digital assets and tokens, blockchain, cryptocurrency, regtech, and insurtech sectors. Join Canada's Fintech & Funding Community today FREE! Or become a contributing member and get perks. For more information, please visit: www.ncfacanada.org

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A Digital Currency for the Public by the Public

Delve, McGill | Katrin Tinn | Nov 1, 2021

Canada dollar - A Digital Currency for the Public by the PublicCould a Central Bank Digital Currency ensure privacy and transparency for every transaction? A new model of digital currency proposes a secure yet anonymous “asymmetric privacy” alternative to cash, traditional bank transactions, and cryptocurrency.

The invention of paper money revolutionized commerce. Backed by a promise of value guaranteed by the state, bills made money more portable and large transactions simpler to conduct. E-commerce rendered those transactions even easier: with a few clicks, online platforms like Shopify and Amazon made it possible to buy from sellers anywhere in the world. The hidden cost of all that convenience? Privacy. A new form of digital currency offers an emerging solution that melds cash with global accessibility and security.

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“Cash perfectly preserves privacy in a symmetrical way,” explains Katrin Tinn, an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management whose research proposes an asymmetric privacy-hybrid digital currency.

“With cash, there is no need to know whose dollars were spent. The disclosure that money was received is effectively voluntary and requires costly audits to verify.”

However, when account-based money is used, banks must verify both parties in the transaction: the identity of the user of a credit or debit card and the receiver of the payment.

“In that case, the lack of privacy is symmetrical, with a transaction that specifies both sender and receiver,” says Tinn. “Of course, a bank is not going to just tell everybody how people spend their money, but in principle those records exist.”

This type of information can be used to better target online advertising, generate credit scores, or support criminal investigations and audits. Account-based transactions may be secure, but while banks protect privacy not everyone is happy with how much information they’re privy to: it’s one of the main factors causing the rise of alternative forms of payment, including cryptocurrency.

The strength of cash in secure digital form

Working with Christophe Dubach, an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computer Science, Tinn proposed a Canadian Central Bank Digital Currency with asymmetric privacy. This model would allow consumers to spend anonymously but would require those that receive funds to have an ID-linked account. They call it a Privacy-Hybrid CBDC, or P-Hybrid for short.

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“There is little reason to perfectly protect the identity of the receivers of money,” says Tinn. “If someone uses cash to buy coffee, the cafeteria still needs to keep accounting records and pay taxes.”

She adds that digital records of incoming money could simplify accounting and facilitate compliance, such as making income more openly traceable by tax authorities and by institutions responsible for detecting money laundering or political donations.

Asymmetric privacy of this kind could also make it easier for businesses that receive payment in digital currencies to demonstrate income and obtain financing.

“One big problem in raising financing is the difficulty of verifying income flows,” says Tinn. “It can be a problem for individuals applying for a mortgage or firms that want to start a project. Having digital records of incoming money could help firms obtain better financing contracts. And that can add to their value.”

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In a P-Hybrid CBDC, the central bank would maintain a publicly available blockchain to demonstrate the system’s transparency, keeping public, permanent, time-stamped records of transactions. To preserve spender privacy, the system would use zero-knowledge proof, a cryptographic method that enables spenders to prove they have valid digital currency and spend it without ever digitally revealing exactly who they are.

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Ontarians will be able to use their digital ID cards to open bank accounts, apply for government programs, access vaccination records and more

The Toronto Star | | Nov 18, 2021

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The program, now delayed until 2022, will give Ontarians access to an electronic version of their government ID — including driver’s licences and health cards — that can be stored on their mobile devices.

The province says physical IDs will still be issued and accepted but Ontarians will also be able to use digital cards on a voluntary basis to open bank accounts, pick up packages at the post office, apply for government assistance, access vaccination records and more.

The digital ID program was announced in October 2020 as part of a broader strategy to improve Ontarians’ access to government services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including Verify Ontario, the proof-of-vaccination app the province launched earlier this year.

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Since the announcement, the province has held a series of roundtable consultations with businesses and think tanks to discuss and develop program standards. But the digital ID took a back seat to the development of Verify Ontario, delaying the program’s release to 2022.

The province, which is partnering with the private sector to develop the technology, says the ID program will not rely on a central database or tracking measures that could breach the privacy and security of personal information.

The identification data is supposed to be protected with strong encryption software and the ability to disconnect the ID card if the device is ever lost or stolen.

While digitization can consolidate key government documents for personal convenience, experts warn it can also present new-found security hazards and equity concerns.

Ann Cavoukian, a digital privacy expert who formerly served as Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, says the province will need to ensure the digital ID program does not rely on a centralized data system.

“The concern around a central database is that it can be subject to hacking, phishing and all kinds of unauthorized access if it’s not well protected,” Cavoukian said.

Ontarians’ physical identification card data is presently dispersed among ministries, from health to transportation. If that data is consolidated, Cavoukian says more personal information is at risk in the event of a security breach.

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According to provincial statistics, as many as 700,000 households and businesses still lack access to adequate broadband speeds or have no access at all. Ontarians in rural areas, particularly in Northern Ontario, are less likely to have substantive internet access.

In a survey of Ontarians, only 17 per cent said they were ready to adopt a digital ID card immediately. Nearly 80 per cent said they would opt into the program over the next five to six years.

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Tamara Kiteley: Liquid Avatar’s 17-Year-Old Comic Book Art Sensation

New York Weekly Times | Nov 15, 2021

Tamara Kiteley - Tamara Kiteley: Liquid Avatar’s 17-Year-Old Comic Book Art SensationInterview with Comic book art prodigy Tamar Kiteley

Tamara Kiteley is quickly making her mark in the industry working with Liquid Avatar Technologies and debuting her work at Los Angeles Comic Con at the Los Angeles Convention Center December 3–5. Already working on comic book covers, the 17-year-old Canadian artist hopes to eventually have a career in animation.

Tamara has already dazzled Liquid Avatar with her creations, and she is working on their collaborative project, “The Outer Space Men,” where she is designing a collection of digital icons for their biometrically verified Self Sovereign Identity platform. She will be debuting her cover for “Colossus Rex” at The Outer Space Men Kickstarter on November 15.

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Tamara does what makes her soul shine. Her artwork is filled with inspiring symphonic textures and colors. Mesmerized by her own passion she is like an alchemist transforming art into a narrative of truth.

You are an amazing artist. How old were you when you realized that you could draw?

When I was old enough to hold a pencil. I’ve been drawing since I could. I think I was in grade school when I really realized that I could draw, so I was probably around 9 years old. I really started getting into art and creating, sketching, painting, using markers, etc. From there I just developed this passion for art, and I have loved it ever since.

How did you get into comic book art?

My dad was a huge fan of comic books. He had a lot of old comic books in the basement. He showed them to me when I was little and of course I love Marvel Comics, I love the Marvel Universe, and so I’ve always been fascinated by the style and the detail and color. So, I tried to replicate that through my sketches. That got me noticed. People started to look at and enjoy my art and they wanted me to create for them. That’s how I got where I am today.

How are you associated with Liquid Avatar, and what exactly do you do with them?

One of my mother’s very close friends, Lynn, saw my art and the things that I created, and she thought I might have the potential to create some projects for Liquid Avatar. She connected me to a lovely man, Mariano Nicieza, who worked for Marvel Comics and now runs Apex Comics Group.

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From there I ended up connecting with Liquid Avatar and re-creating The Outer Space Men figures originally created by Mel Birnkrant in the 1960s. That was my first project for Liquid Avatar. From there they gave me a comic book cover to work on as well.

Where do you hope to be in five years with your already fabulous art career?

Currently, I’m looking at colleges and universities. I have four big ones in mind. My number one would be the animation program at Sheridan in Ontario, Canada. I’m hoping to create cartoon animation, sticking with the cartoon comic book style. My dream is to work for the Cartoon Network. I want to produce cartoons for them, kids’ cartoons, adult cartoons, etc. I just want to get into animation. That’s my number one dream and goal.

Do you have Comic Cons in Ontario?

Yes, we do, however, I’ve never been to a convention before. The first convention that I’m going to, L.A. Comic Con, my art is going to be featured. That’s pretty crazy for me.

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Congratulations on that! Do people know your art?

I’ve only done work for Liquid Avatar and Apex Comics Group but soon my work is going to be featured at the Indiegogo Crowdfunder for Phazer Universe. That’s going to be for my cover which is a Blackray variant and on November 15 at the Outer Space Men Kickstarter with Liquid Avatar, which is for my Colossus Rex cover. I’m hoping that that will get me some exposure along with L.A. Comic Con. That should get some different people noticing me.

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