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Following Fall of FTX & Silvergate, The Crypto Market Needs Sensible Regulation

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The FTX collapse guarantees that crypto regulation will be on the US legislative agenda for 2023 — at long last. In total, six bills were introduced in 2022, focusing on a mix of aspects connected to the crypto industry for investor protection or compliance. 

As the SEC and the CFTC are jockeying for positions, the number of voices in the room is going to increase. Some don’t want any sort of regulation to exist, but others people in the industry and anti-crypto lawmakers think regulating crypto will legitimize its existence. 

The time is right for crypto custody and all other types of platforms to be supervised with certain regulations. The US has the strongest financial market in the world, and that is due in large part to regulation. Regulation will make crypto markets stronger.

No regulatory regime administering traditional finance is created in one fell swoop. Along with the system, the regime also evolves to become better, inclusive, and stronger according to the needs. Disasters like FTX become a teaching lesson for the rulemakers to improve the regulatory system. 

The digital asset industry is still in its infancy, but problems like FTX are familiar. There have been previous such events at QuadrigaCX and at Mt. Gox. To prevent these types of massive losses that also deteriorate the market trust, regulatory oversight must begin. Here are five modest, sensible steps that could be taken now that don’t even require much crypto knowledge.

  • Stablecoin Reserves

As stablecoins are intended to be less volatile, they play an important role in the digital asset ecosystem. Moreover, they are more practical for everyday transactions. However, these stablecoins have not always been so stable.

These stablecoins are intended to be exchangeable for the underlying asset at a 1:1 ratio. However, stablecoin issuers are not required by law to maintain reserves that are equivalent to the available supply. There is a chance that holders will rush to redeem their coins when a stablecoin loses its peg, creating a situation that resembles a bank run.

That’s exactly what happened with TerraUSD in May of 2022. Recently, the US SEC has found another strong point of concern against the platform, making the former stronger. It relied on trading based on a mint and burn algorithm linked to the supply of LUNA, a cryptocurrency issued by Terra. Ironically, Sam Bankman-Fried is now under investigation for manipulating the market for TerraUSD, whose collapse touched off the industry crisis that ultimately exposed his other misdeeds at FTX.

Yet, none of that is necessary to know in order to determine whether a stablecoin is backed by a dollar. The quantity of circulating stablecoins is equal to the number of dollars in reserve. Stablecoin issuers should be required to keep 1:1 reserves at FDIC-insured banks.

The birth of FDIC insurance came after the bank failures during the early 1800s. Quarterly audits of reserves and real-time reporting on mint and burn activity should be mandatory. We also need to implement safety and soundness controls with a diversity of banks proportional to reserve size.

  • Separate Trading And Custody

Customers’ requirement to maintain their money with the exchange under the current market structure is fundamentally wrong. It is not necessary to be an expert in cryptography to understand why that is a bad idea. Imagine that the Nasdaq asked the SEC to serve as its own custodian, is it possible?

The issue with counterparty risk persists even after being entirely honest. Many of these crypto custody platforms and exchanges also engage in different kinds of lending. They engage in market-making and arbitrage. As they continue to trade and hedge on other exchanges, identifying the counterparty risk on the exchange is impossible. The reason being it’s the sum of the exchange’s risk plus the risk of whatever other markets they’re participating in that plays an important role in risk assessment. 

If there’s anything one should learn from the FTX collapse, it’s that assets should be stored until required for trading by external, qualified, regulated, and insured custodians. This creates a check-and-balance for verifying reserve assets under any exchange’s control.

The public may have learned sooner that FTX was in a crisis in a fractional reserve position if trading and custody had been kept separate. After the bankruptcy, it would have been simpler to stop asset theft and hacking.

  • Require Digital Asset Exchanges To Be 100% Digital

Discontinuing direct trading of digital assets with fiat or off-chain assets will make all exchanges on-chain auditable. As a result, it will enable Proof-of-Reserves that actually work. At present, Proof of Reserves does bring some level of transparency, but they are not a foolproof solution for separating who’s solvent and who’s not, for two reasons.

  1. No one can practice it for reserves on fiat because they cannot be represented in a digital way. 
  2. It’s not possible to give proof of non-liabilities, which is really the thing that matters most. FTX combined fiat, and digital reserve components and their liabilities far outstripped their reserves. 

With pure digital exchanges representing fiat digitally as a regulated stablecoin, Proof of Reserves for everything can become a reality. The last thing to be solved is the liabilities component. 

A reasonably solid and effective system with compliance can be built by fixing settlement and clearing to be entirely digital. Exchanges are currently attempting to establish a business in a hybrid world because they have no other option. So, as a transition, it is preferable to package fiat and securities in digital form. The ability to work in a digital environment will be significantly improved after the archaic wrappers have been removed.

  • Regulate Digital Asset Exchanges’ Use Of Omnibus Wallets

In an omnibus wallet, the funds of multiple clients are stored under a single address. The benefit is that it makes key management easier for the custodian and also makes it easier to enable efficient off-chain transactions.

However, one of the main limitations is that individual customers no longer have visibility into the transactions. Neither do they have any information on the counterparty risk. It’s also unclear what happens to each customer’s funds in the event of bankruptcy.

Omnibus wallets are only acceptable when the qualified crypto custody platform is aware of each of the exchange’s clients in the omnibus pool and assets are segregated in such a way as to provide bankruptcy protection to each client. The custodian must also participate in AML/KYC compliance of exchange clients.

  • Define Securities For The Digital Era

The SEC is still using an ancient definition of securities which was developed in the 1940s. The result is it leads to underpinning their enforcement efforts. Builders in crypto have honest questions about how the rule applies to them, and they deserve answers.

Can the SEC not update their definition and upgrade the meaning of securities while taking into account the crypto era? How hard would it be for the SEC to provide an updated definition, detailed guidance, and sensible grandfathering policies? Having that clarity would go a long way toward providing protection to innovators and investors alike.

They should listen more to Commissioner @HesterPeirce, who has an open opinion that the agency should not be leading with enforcement. Enforcement is clearly in their purview, but there’s an opportunity to make the enforcement load a lot lighter by providing appropriate guidance, to begin with.

What occurred at FTX was a common form of financial fraud that has been practiced for ages. The sole connection between cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is that a lack of regulation created a level playing field for dishonest players.

Conclusion

At present, the crypto community understands SEC’s Custody Rule. These rules are meant to safeguard the crypto industry. As per this rule, the crypto custody and other types of platforms are required to separate custody from trading. This move is hailed as a positive aspect of the crypto industry. 

The crypto industry is in dire need of regulatory administration aimed at preventing catastrophic investor losses. Designers and builders are more than capable of architecting a better system to meet the requirements of regulators. Once people can’t be rug pulled or defrauded, the next discussion will be about more nuanced issues and building something more comprehensive.

It will take a collective effort to get through this phase. FTX isn’t the first exchange to run into trouble; it’s just the biggest. It is easy to compartmentalize it as one guy who was a charlatan and go back to business as usual. However, doing so will be like setting the industry up for the next failure. To come out stronger and better, it is essential to use this opportunity to take a few simple steps in the direction to lead the industry into a new direction in order to thrive.

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How Bitcoin Lotteries Work and Differ from Conventional Lotteries

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The world of lottery just got an upgrade and it is global, secure, and powered by the future of finance: Bitcoin.

In this article, we dive into the exciting world of Bitcoin Lottery which offers a seamless and transparent experience. We will break down what Bitcoin lotteries are, how they work, and what sets them apart from your conventional lottery system.

What is a Bitcoin Lottery?

Bitcoin lotteries work like traditional lotteries but with a modern digital spin. Instead of using fiat currency, participants use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Here’s how it works: you buy a lottery ticket with cryptocurrency, choose your numbers, and wait for the draw. If your numbers match the drawn numbers, you win a prize – paid out in Bitcoin or other chosen cryptocurrencies.

What Makes Bitcoin Lottery Games Stand Out?

Here are the features that make Bitcoin lottery games a top choice for players.

  • Transparency and Fairness: One of the biggest advantages of the Bitcoin lottery is the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain ensures that every transaction and draw is recorded on a decentralized ledger that’s accessible to all players. This transparency eliminates worries about rigged results as players can verify each draw independently.
  • Security: Using cryptographic algorithms, Bitcoin lottery games offer extra security. The decentralized nature of blockchain means malicious actors can’t manipulate the results of the draws.
  • Global Accessibility: Unlike traditional lotteries which are limited by geographical boundaries, crypto lotteries are accessible from anywhere in the world. As long as you have an internet connection and a digital wallet, you can play. This global reach increases the player base and potentially the prize pool.

Regular Lotteries vs. Bitcoin Lotteries: A Comparison

1. The most obvious distinction is the utilized currency. Ordinary lotteries utilize fiat currency like dollars or euros, whereas a Bitcoin lottery uses Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

2. Transactions in Bitcoin lotteries are faster and may have lower fees than buying traditional lottery tickets. This is so because Bitcoin transactions eliminate intermediaries like banks, therefore lowering the delays and expenses related to bank fees and currency exchanges.

3. Prizes in Bitcoin lotteries are in BTC or other cryptocurrencies which can be attractive because of the potential for value growth. Certain Bitcoin lotteries also provide quick payouts, hence improving the convenience for the winners.

4. Bitcoin lotteries usually employ “provably fair” algorithms. Unlike other lotteries, this system lets players use cryptographic techniques to confirm the fairness of the draw outcomes.

Why should one try a Bitcoin Lottery?

Apart from the thrill of maybe winning large, crypto lotteries provide several special benefits:

• Safe and open: You can verify every single draw and transaction.

• There are no geographical restrictions; play wherever on the planet.

• Cut expenses by means of lower transaction fees.

• Instant Payouts: Get your winnings easily and quickly. 

Bottom Line

With improved security, transparency, and worldwide accessibility, a Bitcoin lottery presents a fascinating and creative variation of the classic lottery.

These lotteries are a reliable choice for gamers all around as they guarantee fair and clear results by integrating blockchain technology. Regardless of your experience level, Bitcoin lottery games provide a modern way to try your luck and potentially win big.

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Introducing Grok-1.5V: Revolutionizing Multimodal AI

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of Grok-1.5V, our groundbreaking first-generation multimodal model. Grok-1.5V, the latest innovation in artificial intelligence, promises to redefine how we interact with and understand the world around us. 

Unveiling Grok-1.5V

Grok-1.5V stands out with its exceptional text processing capabilities, but it goes beyond that. This advanced model can now process a wide array of visual information, including documents, diagrams, charts, screenshots, and photographs. This enhancement allows Grok-1.5V to offer a more comprehensive understanding and interpretation of both textual and visual data.

Capabilities

Grok-1.5V is designed to be competitive with existing frontier multimodal models across various domains. From multi-disciplinary reasoning to understanding complex documents, scientific diagrams, and real-world photographs, Grok-1.5V excels. 

We are particularly proud of Grok’s performance in our new RealWorldQA benchmark, which measures real-world spatial understanding. In zero-shot settings, without chain-of-thought prompting, Grok-1.5V consistently outperforms its peers, showcasing its superior capability in understanding the physical world.

Launch Details

Grok-1.5V will be available soon to our early testers and existing Grok users. We are excited to bring this new level of AI understanding to our community.

Join us as we launch Grok-1.5V on BASE at 19:20 Beijing time today. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the future of AI.

Contract Address: 0xeeB0Ea9EcD0Ab9a7a210fA66FCf58ce4747235E6

Stay tuned for more updates and innovations from our team as we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with AI.

For more information, visit our website or follow us on X.

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Gam3: Revolutionizing Blockchain Gaming with Layer 3 Technology on Arbitrum

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The blockchain gaming industry is on the cusp of a revolution, and Gam3 is leading the charge. As an AI-driven blockchain gaming platform, Gam3 is set to redefine the gaming landscape by leveraging the advanced capabilities of Arbitrum’s Layer 3 technology. With its seamless integration of Web3 and SocialFi elements, Gam3 offers a unique, community-driven gaming experience that stands out in the rapidly growing GameFi sector.

Introducing Gam3: The Future of Blockchain Gaming

Gam3 is more than just a gaming platform; it’s a comprehensive ecosystem designed to provide players with unparalleled gaming experiences. By harnessing the power of Arbitrum’s Layer 3 technology, Gam3 ensures fast, secure, and scalable transactions, making it the ideal environment for both casual gamers and hardcore enthusiasts.

Key Features of Gam3:

  • AI-Enhanced Gameplay: Enjoy a dynamic and immersive gaming experience powered by advanced AI algorithms.
  • Community-Driven: Engage with a vibrant community of gamers, developers, and blockchain enthusiasts.
  • True Ownership: Own and trade in-game assets with complete transparency and security on the blockchain.

Why Gam3 is Built on Arbitrum?

Arbitrum is one of the leading Layer 2 scaling solutions for Ethereum, designed to offer high throughput, low latency, and low-cost transactions without compromising security. Here are the reasons why Gam3 chose to build on Arbitrum.

1. Superior Scalability: Arbitrum’s Layer 3 solution allows Gam3 to handle thousands of transactions per second, ensuring a smooth and lag-free gaming experience even during peak times. This scalability is crucial for maintaining a high-quality user experience as the platform grows.

2. Cost Efficiency: Transaction fees on Arbitrum are significantly lower than on the Ethereum mainnet. This cost efficiency is passed on to the users, making it more affordable to engage in gaming activities, trade assets, and participate in the Gam3 ecosystem.

3. Robust Security: Built on Ethereum, Arbitrum inherits its robust security features. This ensures that all transactions and in-game assets on Gam3 are secure and tamper-proof, providing peace of mind to users.

4. Interoperability: Arbitrum’s compatibility with Ethereum means that Gam3 can easily integrate with other Ethereum-based projects and assets. This interoperability expands the potential for cross-platform collaborations and innovations within the Gam3 ecosystem.

Become Gam3 node operator:

To participate in this groundbreaking platform, users can purchase Terra node keys, which are essential for running nodes and contributing to the Gam3 network’s security and efficiency. Starting at just $349, these keys are a valuable investment for those looking to be part of the next big thing in blockchain gaming.

Why purchase a Terra Node key?

  • Support the Network: Help maintain the security and stability of the Gam3 ecosystem.
  • Earn Rewards: Receive incentives and rewards for running a node and supporting the network.
  • Be Part of the Future: Join a forward-thinking community that is shaping the future of gaming and blockchain technology.

The Terra nodes are in high demand, starting at $349 for the Early Adopter phase. Following this, the official release will commence with the first 5,000 keys priced at $399, with the price increasing by $50 after every subsequent batch of 500 keys sold. This structured and predictable pricing tier will continue up to a total of 50,000 keys. Own a key today and become a pioneer in the next generation of blockchain gaming with Gam3.

For more information and to secure your node key, visit our website and join the Gam3 community today.

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