[CONFIDENTIEL] Cryptokitties, Instagram, the Tech giants against terrorism, 25 years of SMS …
We already knew that the kittens had forever changed the face of the internet, now they are landing in force on the blockchain. Cryptokitties, a game built on the ethereum blockchain that allows the buying and breeding of kittens for ethers, is seriously bottlenecking the decentralized network: Cryptokitties are said to currently represent 12% of the volume of all ethereum transactions, causing delays and accumulation of non-traded transactions. processed! A kitten by the name Genesis has even sold for over $ 117,000, while others have fetched amounts in the order of several thousand dollars. According to Quartz, since the game’s launch on November 28, more than $ 2.7 million have been traded on Cryptokitties. As of December 1, according to Axiom Zen, the studio that developed it, there would be 1,165 players.
Cryptokitties are unique, and come from five smart contracts ethereum. Their particularity – in their capacity as blockchain kittens – is to be decentralized. They are not stored on servers. These are digital objects that only belong to their owners, and these cryptocollectables are somehow immutable, since even if the game developers were to disappear, the kittens would still exist through their smart contracts.
Yes, this all sounds utterly ridiculous but let’s get past the apparent inanity of the CryptoKitties phenomenon: this sudden popularity, and the congestion that results from it, poses a real question as to the robustness of decentralized networks in general, and of ethereum. in particular. For the “global computer”, the one that will be able to disrupt banks and all other trusted third parties, the challenge will be to know how to scale, and to design an architecture that is sufficiently solid and fast to support the decentralized applications of tomorrow.
Big tech companies are stepping up their efforts to fight terrorism. In this sense, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube pooled their strengths a year ago to give birth to the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). This organization aims to work on technological solutions to counter the use of the platforms of the Tech giants by terrorists. From this initiative was born a database to collect fingerprints, known as hashes, terrorist videos and images disseminated online. Announced in December 2016 and operational since last spring, this database now contains more than 40,000 hashes. This will soon be fed by Ask.fm, Cloudinary, Instagram, Justpaste.it, LinkedIn, Oath and Snap, who recently joined this counterterrorism consortium.
To discourage terrorists from using their services, tech companies are turning to artificial intelligence and tools, like databases, to identify and remove content from armed organizations faster. Last week, Facebook said its automated systems were able to spot 99% of Daesh and Al Qaeda-related content before it was reported and even, in some cases, before it went live. Same percentage at Twitter while YouTube says that its algorithms automatically detect nearly 83% of content related to terrorism that Google’s video service is working to remove as soon as possible. Faced with the means put in place by the large digital groups, the terrorists are turning to more discreet services, like the Telegram messaging system, which is very popular with Daesh, which uses it to disseminate its propaganda and recruit new ones. fighters.
The specialized site The Next Web obtained information about new features currently in testing on Instagram. Among them, the most anticipated will undoubtedly be the one that allows you to share images from another thread to your network – like a retweet on Twitter. Until now, this has only been possible through third-party apps, like Repost for Instagram. A button that will undoubtedly change the lives of many community managers.
Among the other possible novelties, The Next Web also cites archiving stories, inserting gifs in them, sharing via Whatsapp, creating lists of close friends, or following trends via hashtags.
The first SMS was sent on December 3, 1992 by Neil Papworth. The English engineer from the Sema Group company then wrote “Merry christmasTo one of his colleagues at Vodafone.
This communication system was used by Vodafone to make it easier for managers to communicate with their employees. At no time was there any question of extending SMS to the general public. Its use was then confined to the professional framework for 7 years before an operator decided in 1999 to market it. That same year, the three main French operators also launched their “package”. Orange arrives on the market with an SMS offer, Bouygues speaks of “minimessage” and SFR of “text”. The 3 operators charge the shipment at the same price, 1 franc.
SMS seems to have reached its peak in the 2000s with a high of 500 million messages sent on New Year’s Eve. But since 2016, in competition with instant messaging (Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.), the number of text messages exchanged has been decreasing, and this trend is accelerating: the drop was almost 9% in the second quarter, according to Arcep. In total, over the course of a year, the French still exchange 42.9 billion messages. But according to the Digital Barometer 2017, 56% of French people use instant messaging and one in ten French people more often than traditional telephony solutions.