How blockchain gaming could benefit wildlife conservation

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, but blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, including gaming and art.A new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, is auctioning off a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty called “Honu”. Proceeds will go to sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean.In an interview with Mongabay, Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson discussed how blockchain games could help conservation efforts. Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum soaring in value as they captured the public’s attention. But blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies, including gaming and art.On that latter front, a new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games. A CryptoKitty is effectively a digital collectible — a piece of electronic art that is unique, tradable, and can be “bred” to produce more CryptoKitties. While the concept may seem abstract to the uninitiated, there is currently a market for CryptoKitties — in May, one Kitty sold for $140,000 at auction. More than $20 million in CryptoKitties have been transacted to date.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, has just created “Honu“, a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty, in partnership with NGOs Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global. On Monday, Axiom Zen and the two groups put Honu up for auction, aiming to raise money for sea turtle conservation efforts in the Caribbean by supporting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda and Unite BVI. The bid stood at $25,000 as of 6 pm Pacific time on July 10th.If the pilot proves successful, the idea could be expanded says Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson, who spoke to Mongabay about how blockchain games could help conservation efforts.AN INTERVIEW WITH CASSIDY ROBERTSONMongabay: What is your background and how did you get involved with blockchain?Cassidy Robertson: My background is in entrepreneurship, pursuing hackademics instead of formal education allowed me to try a lot of different things really quickly. I joined Axiom Zen a couple years ago and quickly learned how to introduce mainstream consumers to emerging technology and haven’t looked back! Before tech, I was working in the nonprofit sector, advocating for the environment as well as bringing leadership training to teens. I was working on the communications team at the Sierra Club, at the time I was living in a city who’s job force depends heavily on oil and gas so I spent most of my time encouraging folks to spend more time outside and organized a lot of day trips and hikes to showcase what needs to be protected. Once people had a chance to connect with nature they were more receptive to the other initiatives we lead. These were more actional oriented, ie introduction to gardening or hydroponics, creating sustainable cosmetics, and lots of speaker series to help our members feel more empowered to protect our planet. Cassidy RobertsonMongabay: For those who aren’t familiar with CryptoKitties, what is the basic premise?Cassidy Robertson: CryptoKitties is a game built on the blockchain, players collect and breed digital cats. Certain breeding combinations can unlock rare or new cattributes creating new exciting cats. We built CryptoKitties as a way to make blockchain more approachable, we believe blockchain will play a big role in our future and we want to ensure it’s inclusive to as many people as possible. Mongabay: And how could something like CryptoKitties benefit conservation efforts?Cassidy Robertson: We’ve partnered with Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global to support fundraising efforts for various sea turtle conservation efforts. We’re working to bridge conservation and technologists together to create a larger impact. This is the first time we’ve done something like this and are excited to see how the pilot goes, check it out here! Proceeds from the Honu auction will support the work of Operation Jairo, lead by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda, the funds will also benefit Unite BVI, in the British Virgin Islands protecting endangered sea turtles during mating, from poachers and from illegal harvesting. The winning bidder of Honu with get to decide what happens to Honu (it could be breed, resold or simply remain a collector’s item) but the auction beneficiaries have already been chosen this time.Mongabay: Scarcity is the enemy of exploited endangered species — the rarer they become, the greater their value to collectors or poachers. Would there be a way to engineer this issue into SpeciesChain/CryptoSpecies such that the value increases as a species recovers? For example, if an endangered Javan rhino has a calf in real life, could the associated token also increase in value?Cassidy Robertson: This is such a cool idea, we’ve been thinking about how the cats can be a larger force for good and this concept of reverse scarcity has come up during brainstorming. It would require a new smart contract to implement, but it’s definitely possible! I’m heading up the kittyverse, and working to better support extensibility- some of our community has been thinking of ways to do this as well and I’m eager to see what build together. Mongabay: How else could blockchain support wildlife conservation? Cassidy Robertson: I’m eager to see how the blockchain can support more sustainable supply chains, we don’t need to store all information on a public ledger, but having a source of truth in regards to where problem materials are coming from could make it a lot easier for consumers to make better decisions. Having access to this data could also support stronger environmental protection policies. Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_img Environment, Herps, Interviews, Reptiles, Sea Turtles, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Wildtech last_img read more

Delhi girl breaks stereotypes after becoming India’s first female professional poker player

first_imgMuskan Sethi from Delhi, who is not only a professional poker player but also a social worker, is breaking more than just one stereotype.27-year-old Muskan is helping change the way the game is looked at in India, the way the world looks at India and women players and has been using her prize money for various social causes.A Modern Barakhamba pass out, Muskan grew up watching poker on TV, thanks to her dad. “As a kid, instead of watching cartoon, I had to watch poker and I hated it,” a smiling Muskan, who wanted to become a tennis player, told in an exclusive chat.”When I turned 20, I started playing it on Facebook for fun. It was then that I realised that I was good at it and started enjoying it,” said the excited Muskan who cleaned the whole table out the first time she played with her friends who knew the game. “Everytime I sat to play, I would clean the table out. So I decided to take it up seriously and started entering tournaments online.” It was then that she came across a tournament by PokerStars that said ‘Do you have it in you to be among the Top 20 poker players in the world?’ The enthusiastic Delhi girl thereon found herself challenging professional International players, giving auditions, phone interviews and becoming the top fourth online player among 700 thousand players to win an all expense paid ticket to Barcelona for the championship in 2014.The girl who idolises Phil Ivey not only played against some of the best poker players in the world but also gave them a tough time. “There was a rule in the challenge that if you can bluff them, you can cage them. It was like living a dream. They introduced me as the Indian girl fighting for one million dollars.”advertisement ‘NO PROFESSION WHERE WOMEN CAN’T DOMINATE’Coming from a typical Punjabi family where not many women work, Muskan holds liberal views. “I feel no one should be dependent. There is no profession where women can’t dominate,” she said.When asked if she ever faced discrimination on the basis of her sex, considering the game has been majorly male-dominated so far, she responded, “I did get it initially. Usually the poker community treats me like a guy because the poker face is a man’s face, an anoymous face. But when they find out that I am a girl, they tell me ‘Go back to the kitchen.'”In a society where women are still, during Diwali and other social gatherings, told to go play cards separately or not play at all, Muskan has set a strong example. “Times have been changing. I am still experiencing the change. Earlier they would not be too keen to have me play with them. But now they know how good I am at the game and enjoy playing with me.”‘I DIDN’T CHOOSE POKER, IT CHOSE ME'”Poker can be compared to stock market and chess. It is a dreamer’s sport. I could have chosen anything but Poker chose me,” said Muskan, who added that no one taught her to play poker and that the game is a balance of luck as well as skill. Muskan Sethi with Liv Boeree, no. 1 ranked female poker player in 2015″People are very welcoming abroad, unlike India. But having said that, the game is fast growing in the country as more number of sites have been coming up on a daily basis to promote it,” said Muskan, who has been playing professional poker for the last 5 years and has taken part in World series of Poker, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour as the first Indian female professional player.The game has taken her to Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Nottingham, Barcelona, Prague among other cities in the world so far.PROMOTING SOCIAL CAUSESMuskan, started playing poker online to take her mind off her mother’s untimely death. She also donates money she wins at various competitions to Muskan NGO, started by her mother after her name.Dog-lover Muskan has also started an Iphone app ‘Doggydoo’ that helps dog-owners come together to address various pet related issues. She also supports other small NGOs from time-to-time.last_img read more