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Nigeria is Africa's crypto King Kong

Free money! 💰 Uniswap could airdrop fresh UNI tokens to users

  • Popular decentralized exchange, Uniswap, could be set for a new five million airdrop, should the current “Retroactive Proxy Contract Airdrop — Phase One” proposal put forward by Dharma – a lending and saving protocol based on Compound.Finance.
  • Dharma and some other platforms such as MyEtherWallet, Eidoo and Rebalance, complained that some of their users were left out in the original airdrop that saw the DeFi exchange distribute its UNI tokens to users.
  •  Should the proposal succeed, Uniswap will retroactively distribute 400 UNI to 12,619 distinct addresses which interacted with the Uniswap exchange before September 1, 2020.

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Nigeria is Africa’s crypto King Kong 👑

  • Another Bitcoin to Naira payment gateway has been launched in Nigeria. FrostPay is a platform that lets users instantly convert their bitcoin to naira, credited directly to their bank account. The recent influx of BTC to Naira payment channels should come as no surprise. Nigeria is arguably Africa’s biggest hotspot for cryptocurrency. 
  • Data obtained from UsefulTullips shows Nigeria is the crypto king of Africa. Another insight is that over 32% of the country’s population (200 million) are youth. Nigerians, alongside citizens of other African countries, are opting to save in bitcoin rather than the depreciating local currency. 
  • The censorship resistant nature of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, could be another reason. After the Nigerian government clamped on bank accounts containing donations made by Nigerians to support the #EndSars protest, Bitcoin became a viable alternative for making donations.

ICYMI: 📊

  • Market Watch: Bitcoin, the bull of all crypto assets, has been riding high after PayPal introduced cryptocurrency to its over 300 million users. The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is currently trading within the range of $13,000 – $13600 
  • Fast growing Crypto Derivatives Exchange, FTX, has introduced a new way of trading stocks using cryptocurrency. Through FTX’s fractional stock offerings, popular stocks like Apple, Tesla and Amazon are represented using tokens, and users can trade them against Bitcoin and stablecoins.

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Why some people thinks AI still lack common sense – Decentralize Brief Nov. 16 – Nov. 23

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This week, we learn how to teach your AI to drive, why some people think AI still lacks a lot of common sense, and the vacuum cleaner that could be listening on your conversations.

Teaching robots to drive

Robots can now learn complicated tasks by just watching a couple of demonstrations that might not be even perfect. The new system designed by researchers, helps a domestic robot, for example, to learn how to do basic chores or even set the dinner table.

New test shows AI still lacks common sense

When it comes to natural language processing, AI has undoubtedly been taking great strides. However, does AI really understand what it reads? Researchers have discovered that AI still lacks a lot of common sense it needs to create plausible sentences.

Your vacuum cleaner could be listening to you

It turns out that your vacuum cleaner could be hacked and used as a listening device, since it has a microphone. A group of researchers at the Computer Science Department of the University of Maryland, recently demonstrated this.

AI has definitely come a long way, and people’s reactions to the disruptive technology, are quite mixed. Whilst some are trying to key into the technology as it is looking to be a major part of the fourth industrial revolution, others are wary of its impact. 

Mini brains that help AI feel pain and repair itself

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have designed a brain for AI that will help it process and respond to pain. The system, which is considered to be a mini-brain, will help computers feel pain exerted by physical pressure. It can also help the computer do mini repairs. 

Nigerian artificial intelligence and robotics centre

Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, has built an AI and robotics centre in preparation for the fourth industrial revolution. The centre was built in the country’s capital, Abuja. 

Pope urges Catholics to pray that AI doesn’t rebel against mankind 

One of the Pope’s prayer points for the month of November is for advanced technologies like AI to avoid rebelling against mankind. The Pope says future technologies should not cause inequality between humans, but should respect the dignity of all humans. As such, he has urged Catholics to pray that AI will always serve humankind.

Students discover a way to fool AI into changing grades.

An AI algorithm that marks essays has been outwitted. An online platform for virtual learning that uses AI to grade essays, has been discovered to actually grade based on relevant keywords. Once these keywords are in the essay, the AI gives students a perfect score. 

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Did AI predict U.S. elections correctly? Cryptocurrencies will become a Fintech trend by 2021

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Hey there! Happy New Week!

In today’s curations: AI predictions for the Nov. 3 US presidential election were not accurate and we shared why cryptocurrencies will be an inevitable fintech world in 2021

Curated Samuel Attah, Bolu Abiodun ✍

Did AI correctly predict the next U.S. president

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Different AI firms have predicted the U.S. elections based on sentiments on Twitter. While most of them predicted that Joe Biden would win the election, the numbers compared to the actual polls were not very accurate. A company called KCore Analytics, used about 1 billion tweets to predict the elections, and the company was about 89.5% accurate. 

Cockroach and Lizard robots

Cockroaches and lizards have inspired the creation of a robot. The robot can swim, run on water at incredible speeds, and crawl on difficult terrains. The robot, which is known as the AmphiSTAR, is envisioned to help out with agricultural projects as well as search and rescue missions.

Training AI just the way we train dogs

A robot named ‘spot’, can now teach itself how to perform tasks the same way dogs are taught to sit, stand, roll over and do other tricks. Computer scientists at the John Hopkins University, stated that the robot taught itself to perform tasks that would have normally taken several months, in a few weeks. 

Cryptocurrency could be one of the biggest fintech trends of 2021.

Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple
Cryptocurrencies (FLICKR)

The CEO of Token Metrics, Ian Balina, has said that “The most important fintech trends in 2021 will be cryptocurrencies.” Balina says bitcoin will surpass its all-time high of $20,000, and gain massive mainstream attention. With a lot of big players like PayPal, Square, Facebook and Samsung endorsing the currency, it shows that Bitcoin is mature for the mainstream.

Cryptocurrencies you can invest in before the year runs out

It has been a remarkable few weeks in the world of cryptocurrencies. We’ve seen Bitcoin on a rampage, and other currencies like Ethereum, following suit. In light of all the positivity trailing the crypto community, in no particular order, here are some of the currencies that can currently be invested.

Lunch Time Read:

  • When it comes to elections in Africa, the tales carry enough tragedy— from deep electoral malpractices to violence. Jerry Ojumah has one of such tales, and this is why he used his ingenuity and creativity to create an election process that could afford Africa a chance at the limelight.
  • Extended Reality is still a far-fetched technology, in Africa, however, it’s gradually taking a spot in countries like Nigeria.

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Earn up to $3Google’s new AI will help you remember the song!

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Hey there! 

Are you following the US presidential election? Who are you rooting for? I’m not even American, and I’m feeling anxious. 😟 – Samuel Attah

Let’s dive into today’s curations: 

  • 🤖 From AI detecting songs stuck in your head, to identifying the COVID-19 infection from just the sound of your cough.
  • 🚀 Bitcoin is just $5000 short from its all-time high
  • 🆕 Introducing lunch time read: 🍱⏰

By Samuel Attah, Kehinde Ojewale ✍️

Crypto Brief

Bitcoin to the moon 🌕

Despite the lingering uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the US election, the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Bitcoin, on Thursday, closed above $15,000, its highest level since January 2018.

Bitcoin has been on a bull run this year, and it is currently trading around $15K to $15,700.

If you’re pondering on whether to invest Bitcoin, we recently published: why Bitcoin remains the most profitable asset of the decade.

Flagged Bitcoin clamped by US Govt

The US government has seized over $1 billion dollars (69,369 BTC) worth of Bitcoin which is related to the infamous darknet market called ‘Silk road’. Silk road is a dark market where illegal goods and services, such hard drugs, are bought and sold. As at the time of operation in 2013, before it was shut down, Silk Road was reportedly responsible for nearly 20% of Bitcoin transactions, according to Chainalysis.

Earn up to $3000 cash rewards in new Binance Africa affiliate program

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has  launched an affiliate program with the aim of spreading into communities in Africa. The affiliate program is open to anyone, including content creators, YouTubers, and even community managers with a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. Application is currently ongoing. For more information, you may visit the sign up page.

🆕 Lunch time read 🍱⏰

When it comes to elections in Africa, the tales carry enough tragedy— from deep electoral malpractices to violence. Jerry Ojumah has one of such tales, and this is why he used his ingenuity and creativity to create an election process that could afford Africa a chance at the limelight.

Read more on this: Young man’s Blockchain solution to Elections

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Google can guess the song that’s stuck in your head

Google has recently launched its Hum to Search feature. Now, you no longer have to experience the frustration that comes with trying to decode a song when all you can remember is “oh na naaa na da daaa daaaa taa ra raa raaa.” All you need to do is hum the song, whistle or sing any part of the song that you can remember. After humming, Google’s algorithm will try to help you identify the song you’re trying to remember and provide available information on it.

New AI model can detect Covid-19 from the sound of your cough

Researchers from MIT have developed an artificial intelligence model that can identify the Covid-19 infection, especially in asymptomatic people. By just listening to a person’s cough, the AI model can identify if the person is infected with the virus or not. The model was able to accurately identify 100 percent of coughs from people who have the Covid-19 infection but showed no symptoms, and 98.5 percent of coughs from those that were confirmed to have Covid-19.

Meet Tickeron’s trading AI robots that trade without human supervision

Artificial intelligence platform,  Tickeron, has disrupted the trading of stocks, forex pairs and cryptocurrencies with their AI robot traders. Their robot traders analyse trends and combine several pieces of information into useful tips that help you trade and get great returns on your investment. 

The platform also recently launched its swing trading AI robots. “This feature can not only make swing trades for the user, but can educate them on why a certain trade is taking place, through the option of Paper Trades to monitor open and closed trades,” announced, Sergey Savastiouk, the CEO and Founder of Tickeron.

🆕 Lunch time read: 🍱⏰

Extended Reality is still a far-fetched technology, in Africa, however, it’s gradually taking a spot in countries like Nigeria.

Find out more: How some organizations are carving a stable spot for Extended Reality in the West African country.

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