HARDFORK-THE FIRST SERIES ABOUT AND FUNDED BY CRYPTOCURRENCY

“Cinema is the mirror that can change world.”  Diego Luna

 

Billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper is doubling down on his bullish bitcoin hand.  Draper, founder of Draper Associates, became famous for his early backing of tech sensations Tesla, Jobs.com and Skype, but if you ask him today, bitcoin surpasses them all.
He was asked during a panel discussion at the Intelligence Squared/Manhattan Institute US debate over the weekend about how his investment in the leading tech plays compares to digital currencies, to which he responded that cryptos would be “bigger than all of those combined.”

 

“This is bigger than the internet. It’s bigger than the Iron Age, the Renaissance. It’s bigger than the Industrial Revolution. This affects the entire world and it’s going to be affected in a faster and more prevalent way than you ever imagined.”

 

Now, for the first time, we are seeing the democratization of the entertainment industry and the weakening of Hollywood’s control.

 

Enter HardFork, a new television series from a Sundance alumni, director Doug Karr.  This series is set in a dystopian future where cryptocurrency and augmented reality rule. A group of renegades uses blockchain tech to hack the system and decentralize the power structures. This multimillion-dollar series is the first large-scale, mainstream production to be focused on what a new cryptocurrency and blockchain world might look like. But there’s even more change the entertainment world as we know it news – the series is funded by cryptocurrency.  How is that for cryptocurrency growth and outreach?  Then there are also a series of innovative pilot programs in Sweden, Estonia and the UAE which indicate the potential for governments to leverage the power of blockchain in a way that redefines their role and their relationship to businesses, citizens and even the rest of the world.

 

Estonia, for example, introduced a blockchain-supported virtual residency card, open to anyone who wants one, that extends the definition of what it means to be a national citizen in the digital age. Their goal is to create 10 million e-residents by 2025–10 times the country’s current population.

 

The Dubai Government plans to run all its transactions on blockchain by 2020.  Solutions would previously have been developed in isolation now has the digital age and the agility of start-ups to innovate faster than institutional peers has encouraged the Government to develop new relationships.

 

One project, for example, works with a local telecom provider to test the use of blockchain as a protocol for sharing health records in real time between doctors and patients.

 

The biggest leap yet toward the brave new world of digital money is likely to come from Sweden. The country is already testing the use of blockchain for recording land registry transactions in conjunction with one of their start-up and telecom operators – Telia.

 

Here in the United States and abroad, Goldman Sachs is looking to enter the cryptocurrency world. It is evident the financial firm wants to embrace Bitcoin in some official capacity as they have set up their first cryptocurrency trading desk.

 

Naysayers who became believers and believers who led the way is what is happening in the entertainment industry as well as the financial movers and shakers for and with cryptocurrency.

 

So that one day, when digital currency is a given to you, me, the entertainment industry, leading financial houses, the United States and perhaps the world at large, we can look back at this pivotal moment in time and remember.

 

We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies within us where we boldly change what is to what can be.” Interstellar

BLOCKCHAIN BLACK MAGIC AND CRYPTOCURRENCY CELESTIAL CALLING

Alas, blockchains are not black magic, they do not hold the answers to the universe, and cryptocurrency will not pull cold, hard cash out of thin air.  However, black magic or not, we do know that blockchains and cryptocurrency can and will become a celestial monetary force.

 

We all know by now that blockchains are digital files that list accounts of the transactions that take place with forms of cryptocurrency. Whoever you transfer money to can see all your previous transaction history since it is locked into the blockchain. This eternal record of transactions has understandably intrigued many.   Now, large corporations are frantically looking for ways to use blockchain technology in their businesses.  It is a fair summation and safe to say that blockchain technology will fundamentally change the way we use some technologies, and those uses may be in something other than accounting for monetary transactions.

 

So how is cryptocurrency going to change the celestial future?  I mean, how is it REALLY different than the historical financial bubbles of the Tulip, the Dot.com and all the other financial bubbles we have seen come and go?

 

Let us start with the fact that cryptocurrency goes to the very core of the economic engine. It is THE grease in the machine. Money. It’s being remade, right before our eyes and we are witnessing a monetary fundamental change of magnificent and yet, peaceful proportions.  An invention in technology, that by all appearances – seems unstoppable.

Cryptocurrencies aren’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s projected that the market could hit $1 trillion by the end of this fiscal year. While the market might be in a temporary stall, it’s still doing well enough that even governments like Russia, Sweden, Japan and Venezuela, are considering getting into the game.  In fact, on Friday, April 13, 2018, Yahoo Japan bought a minority stake in bitARG Exchange Tokyo, a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange.

 

Financial terms of the deal, include a 40 percent stake in the exchange.  A deal that will likely be worth two to three billion yen (around $18.6 million to $27.9 million).  With the acquisition, Yahoo Japan becomes the latest major Japanese financial services player to hop aboard the cryptocurrency bandwagon.

 

What this means in the long run is that understanding cryptocurrencies is financially beneficial for individuals who want to invest now or in the near future.  Would you rather be ahead of the curve and already understand how blockchains, cryptocurrencies and ledgers work, or do you want to play catch-up with others and maybe even the government itself after you find out that you have to adapt to virtual currencies?

 

WHAT DOES THE CELESTIAL FUTURE HOLD?

 

It’s worth noting that the fact that governments are wanting to get in on the action. That’s a huge sign, because while major news outlets keep labeling cryptocurrencies as a fad, pointing to the recent drop in overall value in the last month and a half, it shows that there truly is still value in select virtual currencies as well as anticipated growth and development.

 

So, to the naysayers out there that think you don’t need or already missed out on cryptocurrency.  The ones that state that most missed the lucrative time-period for big financial rewards in cryptocurrency.  If you are wondering if you still have time to invest in mining, blockchains and bitcoins?  The answer is YES.  You are now balancing on the precipice of staying in the same place financially OR moving forward with a golden opportunity to lead the pack.  How you may ask?

 

By taking this ‘precipice’ time to attend some workshop classes in which you can learn about the current and future financial opportunities in cryptocurrency.  Once you expand your education in blockchains, mining and bitcoins you become part of a win-win scenario.  How?  Because ALL the newly-minted millionaires and billionaires of the cryptocurrency boom share ONE thing in common: they learned about cryptocurrency and keep learning more every day.  What do you have to lose in learning, acquiring the knowledge and dipping into the investment pond with the other new wave thinkers?

 

Join us as we not only teach, but lead.  We not only share information, we demonstrate how it can make you money.  Most of all, we not only keep moving forward, we create the paths the others follow to lucrative and bright celestial futures.

DO THAT THING THAT RICH PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY TURN MONEY INTO EVEN MORE MONEY

LEARN THE LESSONS OF THE RICH GET RICHER CLUB:

 

LESSON ONE

 

Bitcoin’s exchange rate grew from $0.0008 to more than $10,000. Currently, the number of Bitcoin transactions averages over 10 million per month.

 

LESSON TWO

 

What does it take to be successfully RICH in general?

  1. First, it takes a lot of work and effort.

  2. Nothing comes for free. If it does, it isn’t real.

  3. Second, dedication and passion help. Believe in you and in your capabilities. This opens many doors and the gates to success too.

  4. Finally, a bit of luck never hurts. The three combined will make any person successful in his/her field.

 

LESSON THREE

 

Understand the passion, dedication and luck of cryptocurrency.  There is a reason that cryptocurrency has become overwhelmingly popular over the years and that 2018 may end up being the biggest cryptocurrency year yet.  At the end of the day, not only is cryptocurrency an emerging market, which is attractive to investors, it’s also a bet against central banks, which is attractive to the masses.

 

So, it’s no surprise if everyone wants to know how to get into the crypto market.  However, when to do it, what you need to learn about it before taking that final step is VITAL to equation of how to succeed in it.  Here are a few tips to follow to help you make money consistently through one of our favorite axiom’s, “knowledge is ALWAYS power.”

 

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN CURRENCY TRADING?

 

If you want to become a card-carrying member of the rich, get richer, club, you must embrace loses.  Losing is part of the game. Winning is part of the same game, too. The market is made of real people, with real money. When the stop loss gets hit, you realize things just got real.  If we embrace losses it means we can learn when to expect them because everyone knows that you can’t be right one hundred percent of the times.

 

Psychology in cryptocurrency money making plays a vital role. Calculate your steps, the risk, and the reward. This way, you’re a step closer to learning how to become a member of the rich get richer population.

 

There’s a saying that the market is like a beautiful woman. Ever changing, has an aura of mystery, and everyone’s fascinated.  Yet, no one truly understands it. With cryptocurrency, some people expect to become a millionaire overnight.  Don’t fall for that trap.  It’s not even possible.  If you treat the market with respect, you’ll get respect back.

 

To treat it with respect, you must learn how to make a profit. Technical and fundamental analysis of the market helps.

 

WHO CAN YOU TRUST?

 

When trading cryptocurrency, or any other asset for that matter, research is key. However, it’s important to be wary of where you are getting your information. Unfortunately, in the cryptocurrency space, there are several biased sources out there. So, make sure that when you do your research, you are only getting your information from reputable, well-established brands and companies.

 

CRYPTOCURRENCY IS NOT THE GAME OF MONOPOLY

 

While some try to make cryptocurrency out to be a get rich quick scheme, so they can buy Park Place and Broadway, that’s not what it really is. At the end of the day, like any other asset, building wealth through cryptocurrency will take time. So, don’t set your sights on reaching the penthouse suite, at least not yet. Instead, set realistic goals and create an investing plan that will help you stick to those goals.

 

DON’T MAKE YOUR DECISIONS IN A PANIC

 

As mentioned above, the world of cryptocurrency is a very new, emerging market. As such, there will be chaos from day to day in the prices of these virtual currencies. The key is not to panic. Don’t make knee jerk decisions based on emotional responses to what’s happening at that particular moment in the market. Instead, take it slow and steady, kick the emotions to the curb, and make well thought out decisions when making your trades.

 

ATTEND WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES IN CRYPTOCURRENCY SO YOU KNOW TECHNICAL INDICATORS AND DON’T CONSIDER YOURSELF TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!

 

Because the cryptocurrency market is so new and volatile, it’s important that you take a technical approach to trading. At the end of the day, technical indicators will give you more accurate signals in the cryptocurrency market than fundamental data. However, don’t forget the fundamentals if you’re going to take your trading to the long-term level.  Finally, as with anything in life, the more you learn about the cryptocurrency space, the more successful you are likely to be when investing and trading within it. So, any time you have the chance, take a moment to do some research, take some classes, participate in workshops and conferences to learn about the industry, trading strategies and more.

 

FINAL DESTINATION

 

Cryptocurrency is an exciting market. With wide swings in value and tremendous opportunities for gains, there’s no reason not to want to be involved. However, always keep in mind that where there is a chance of gains, there is always a chance of loss. Take your time, acquire knowledge, attend workshops, conferences, meetings and get to know the market.  We believe in the future and so should you.

WHAT’S NEXT?

When you think of blockchain, what first comes to mind? Many of us immediately think– Bitcoin. While blockchain technology is at the core of Bitcoin transactions, blockchain has many other applications and it is really what’s next in the world of digital transmissions.

 

EVENT TICKETING

 

If there is any one industry that needs a change its ticketing.  I’m not talking about parking tickets, but event ticketing.  The event ticketing industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that is growing every year, and as a result, growing in costs as well.  Once hailed as a sanctuary for die-hard fans to easily purchase tickets for their favorite shows without having to travel to the box office, Ticketmaster, and the online ticket industry, has become nothing more than a maximum cash grab through ridiculous fees, and more recently, ticket resales.

 

Purchasing a pair of $46 tickets on Ticketmaster right now will cost you about another additional $37 in fees.  To put this into perspective, this is about 40% in fees.  Yes, you are paying 40% extra for the convenience of buying online!!

 

Ticket sales are one of the most demonstrably appropriate industries for blockchain to get involved with.  The purpose of blockchain projects is to give power back to the consumers, to avoid unnecessary intermediaries, and to keep immutable and verifiable history.  Blockchain tickets should be a music lovers dream come true.  A blockchain backed ticket would be fool proof.  For starters, there would be no opportunity to sell counterfeit tickets.  Since tickets are immutable and tracked throughout the blockchain it would not be possible to resell a fake.  Additionally, many of these ticket programs seek to eliminate or reduce price gouging ticket re-sellers.

 

There are already several blockchain event ticket projects in existence now and some that already have working and actively used systems.  Some of these projects are Aventus, Crypto.Tickets, Blocktix, EventChain, BitTicket, and GUTS Tickets.

 

GUTS: YOUR OWN “GUARANTEED UNIQUE TICKETING SYSTEM”

 

GUTS is an individualized digital blockchain ticketing agency. GUTS utilizes blockchain technology to create a simple and transparent mobile ticketing ecosystem. GUTS’ technology allows users to access and purchase tickets directly from their mobile devices, eliminating the potential of ticket loss and fraud. With the Guaranteed Entrance Token Protocol, ticket owners maintain complete control over the sale, resale, and trade of tickets. In the coming years, GUTS plans to expand outside of its Netherlands base. The company aims to sell over one million tickets in 2019 with its recent strategic partnerships.

 

In addition to the ticket/entertainment revolution, Blockchain is currently helping to combat issues of political and institutional corruption, financial fraud, and privacy violations.  Here are some blockchains that have been a long time coming:

 

 

FARMATRUST: COMBATTING COUNTERFEIT DRUGS

 

FarmaTrust is an international drug tracking system that aims to maximize pharmaceutical supply chain efficiency. Blockchain is the foundation of FarmaTrust’s encrypted global tracking system. With the aid of artificial intelligence and data analytics, FarmaTrust prevents counterfeit drugs from entering the market. It does this by connecting with warehouses, manufacturers, shipping companies, hospitals, and pharmacies to track the product lifecycle of medical supplies. Customers can verify the authenticity of medicine by scanning a product’s QR code on the FarmaTrust mobile app.

 

STORJ: THE FUTURE OF CLOUD STORAGE – STORJ IS THE AIRBNB OF DIGITAL STORAGE.

 

Storj is a blockchain-based internet storage system. Storj aims to revolutionize cloud storage by providing users with increased security, efficiency, privacy, and transparency at a fraction of the cost of current cloud technologies.

 

How does it work? With shared cloud storage, Storj eliminates downloading inefficiencies and provides users with a higher level of privacy. Blocks of data are virtually “shredded” and dispersed across the network before they are stored. The shared cloud network minimizes download times characteristic of existing cloud platforms. Users pay only for storage they use and can rent out the extra space that they don’t use.

 

SHOCARD: THE NEXT GENERATION OF IDENTITY AUTHORIZATION

 

Shocard’s use of blockchain technology enables individuals and enterprises to digitally store identification information. Once a user creates a ShoCard ID, the user can upload and store personal information on a mobile device. Touch verification and encryption techniques, such as hashing and digital signing, ensure data security on the blockchain. Only intended recipients can decrypt a user’s information after the identities of both parties have been verified.

 

Tasks such as logging onto a server, sharing personal information, and conducting financial transactions can be performed seamlessly through the ShoCard mobile app. The ShoCard app eliminates the need for usernames and passwords, digitizes identification, and provides authentication at one’s fingertips. Shocard does all of this while creating an audit trail to detect and prevent identity theft.

 

BEXT360: A COFFEE SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTION

 

Bext360 improves supply chains of commodities using blockchain, machine technology, and mobile applications.

 

HERE’S HOW THE SERVICE WORKS:

 

coffee cultivators load their product into Bext360 machines equipped with sensors and optical recognition technology. The machines sift the product, assign a quality grade, and link output to crypto tokens. Blockchain payments are then made directly to farmers and stakeholders based on the quantity and quality of their products.

 

Bext360’s technology eliminates the “middle men” in transaction processing so that farmers receive a greater share of the profits. Wholesalers and retailers can leverage data collected during the process to improve product quality and ensure that fair trade conditions are met. The system tracks goods from the source to the consumer, resulting in a more transparent and efficient supply chain.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

Blockchain technology could radically transform the competitive playing field by simplifying transactions, increasing supply chain efficiencies, and streamlining user information. With most rapidly evolving technologies, companies must adapt quickly and embrace innovation to maintain a competitive advantage. Blockchain is no exception.

 

Blockchain has made significant advances since its early days of enabling illicit activity on the dark web. Currently, major institutions such as Walmart, FedEx, J.P. Morgan, and IBM are utilizing blockchain to create more transparent and efficient supply chains, store data, and cultivate more secure digital relationships.  The global blockchain market is rapidly growing. Research estimates that the market capitalization for blockchain-related goods and services is expected to reach $7.7 billion by 2022. According to Forbes, banks alone could save $8 to $12 billion annually by implementing blockchain technology. Blockchain is gradually becoming a new norm of next-generation of business, so expect to see more of it and believe that it IS WHAT’S NEXT!

BITCOIN’S BIRTH OUTSIDE THE BOX AND THE MYSTERIOUS CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT FOLLOW IT

THE creator of BITCOIN, is known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.  Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?  Well to understand that question, let’s start with the Japanese word “Satoshi” = “wise”, or intelligent, and “Nakamoto” = “center point”, or central.    Then mix that in with despite years of leaving posts on Bitcointalk.org, Satoshi never left a clue about his true identity.

 

Mix in that with we know that Gavin Andresen, who is acknowledged as “the public face of Bitcoin”, claims years of correspondence with Satoshi but never met him or spoke with him on the phone.

 

Then add a dash of historical fact in that the NSA wrote a paper in 1996 that some say lays the groundwork for Bitcoin.  Did your hair raise up on that one?  Well, please do remember that this is one of the functions of the NSA. The NSA is charged with exploring cryptography and its applications. There are certainly similar elements between the NSA outline and Bitcoin. But the paper is still relatively broad.

 

And the paper was never kept secret, it was published. We could even surmise that the real Satoshi Nakamoto could have read it and got some ideas. He, or whatever organization the name represents, would have done their research to review published material about cryptocurrencies.

 

Now stir completely and add in that the paper was published on networking P2P Foundation and said the elusive Nakamoto lived in Japan and was born in 1975.  Yet when the world’s media thought they had found their Satoshi Nakamoto in 2014 – they found out he was just a regular guy who was a computer engineer living in Temple City in Los Angeles County.  But wait, there’s more!  There is a Japanese-American man, named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto.  Alas, he firmly denies he was or is the shadowy force behind the infamous cryptocurrency – so, the plot continued to thicken.

 

One of the best known ‘Other’ Nakamoto-suspects is an Australian computer scientist and businessman named Craig Wright.   But unlike the other leading contenders, Wright claims he is Nakamoto and in 2016 provided technical “proof” to the BBC, The Economist and GQ. This consisted of a demonstration of the verification process used in the very first Bitcoin transaction. But he was discounted when The Economistclaimed, “such demonstrations can be stage-managed” and reported that Wright refused to make the proof public and to provide other assurances. Last, we bake at 350 degrees with the knowledge that there is currently no publicly available cryptographic proof that anyone is Bitcoin’s creator. What???  How could that be?    We may never know the answer to this question for in the creation of the Bitcoin, maybe no one is who they pretend to be.

 

MYSTERIOUS BIRTH

 

Which brings us to the fully baked conspiracy theories about Bitcoin.

 

The first conspiracy theory states that the NSA created Bitcoin and it became an experiment that got away from them.  It is a fact well-known that the National Security Agency created part of the code for Bitcoin.  But does that prove they were behind the introduction of Bitcoin all along?  That the NSA IS Satoshi Nakamoto (aka “wise” and “center point”)?  When you first hear that; it does make you wonder……

 

However, when one looks more closely, one realizes that the NSA creates a lot of cryptography code and some of the cryptography works and is widely adopted.

 

We know through factual history, the piece of the Bitcoin code created by the NSA is a hash function called SHA-256.  SHA stands for Secure Hashing Algorithm. The hash is the expected outcome. An algorithm can be executed on a piece of data, and the output of that algorithm should match the hash. But no one can figure out what the data was with just the hash. It only works in one direction. And there are enough different combinations that it is virtually impossible for any two pieces of data to create the same hash.

 

But, SHA-256 is not unique to Bitcoin OR NSA. It is used widely by different industries, including in SSL certificates which encrypt small data files.  If someone changes one piece of the file, the hash also changes, and the receiving computer will recognize this by comparing the expected hash with the received hash. This prevents data from being intercepted and changed without detection before reaching its destination.

 

Then we have NSA conspiracy number two.  Some great minds in the world are stating that Bitcoin completes the ONE WORLD CURRENCY CONSPIRACY THEORY.  Exactly how would that work? It goes something like this.  The government invents Bitcoin to get people excited about digital currency. Then they create their own, or partner with a mainstream bank to create digital cash.

 

Next, they initiate a global scale false flag attack, like an Orson Welles alien invasion, or an electromagnetic pulse from North Korea, or even a terrorist attack on the power grid. This chaos tanks the economy and the financial system. They blame Bitcoin for funding the terrorists/bad guy aliens and outlaw it.

 

After that, the government “saves the day” with their own cryptocurrency, and allows everyone to trade in their fiat dollars for the digital token. In this conspiracy theory, the government takes complete control over the population. They can roll out automatic taxation, negative interest rates, and any other kind of control they want.  That is probably a half-baked conspiracy theory at best.

 

OUTSIDE THE BOX MYSTERIOUS BIRTH IS NOW THE WAY FORWARD

 

In the end, even if the NSA or CIA created Bitcoin, so what? Bitcoin isn’t the only cryptocurrency out there and if the NSA or CIA did create Bitcoin, then they inadvertently spurred a competition for the best cryptocurrency.   While we realize Bitcoin is used frequently on the black market due to its relative anonymity, we also want to note there are plenty of places, at least within the U.S., that allow Bitcoin transactions.  Microsoft, Dell, REEDS Jewelers, Expedia, and Overstock.com are just a few places that accept Bitcoin as a legitimate payment. Which leads us to the third conspiracy theory side note aka icing on the cake.  The FBI owns one of the largest Bitcoin wallets.  WHAT?????

 

YUP!  A few years back, the FBI shut down the Silk Road—a major black-market site. As with any black-market site, Bitcoin was used frequently to make purchases.  We came to find out that the FBI inadvertently acquired all the bitcoins circulating around the site and as of October 2017, the FBI owned 1.5 percent of the world’s Bitcoin. That doesn’t sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but when you consider how few people in the world own a substantial amount of Bitcoin—1.5 percent is a huge amount for one entity to own.

 

There is a twist to the end of this story.  Sure, it could all be true. But it could just as easily be reversed.  Perhaps Bitcoin is such a promising tool it will ultimately free people from central banking.  That the government is desperate to discredit it. What better way to convince people to discount or fear something, then state that it was created by the NSA or CIA?

 

The government’s best tool is convincing everyone they are omnipresent. Seeing agents in everything paralyzes people with inaction. In the end, no one should base their financial and monetary decisions on an unproven conspiracy theory.  If you do, it is a flip of the coin.  One really can’t make a definite determination about Bitcoin based on the information available. Therefore, the best course of action is to do what you were going to do anyway. So, who Satoshi Nakamoto is, we don’t need to know.  What we do need is his creation and if this creation was spawned in an NSA computer room doesn’t really matter.  It’s not there now and the future of what it can and will be is still unwritten and that’s the part that is so very exciting!