Twitter is taking on water, and if it sinks, it could take a significant amount of people’s personal Internet history with it. Users are urged to archive anything they care about on the app before it risks vanishing into the ether. This is another reminder of how most web content can disappear in an instant. Every major event of the past 16 years can be tracked from the vast depth of human information stored on Twitter. How can such a monolith of information come so close to extinction and how can we defend against such titanic catastrophes in the future?
Here are interviews with Sophia Yan, co-founder of Numbers Protocol, a digital media library and digital media indexing system.
Why do you think it is important to make digital media assets traceable and verifiable?
Digital media is an integral part of our daily lives. We consume it constantly because of the entertainment it provides and the limitless ways it can inform us. However, digital media as it currently exists on the Internet has problems. Untraceable, unverifiable, easily copied and manipulated, today’s digital content has no protection, no trust and no freedom.
About 2.5 million unlicensed images are stolen every day, representing $600 billion in damages per day. The rampant misinformation makes it impossible to tell what is true or false. Big technology manipulates access to information. These are BIG problems and they affect our society. This is the main reason why we offer the solution to make digital media assets traceable and verifiable.
With little trust in digital media around the world at an all-time low, Numbers Protocol aims to bring integrity and authenticity to the digital content space by creating a decentralized photo network where assets are both traceable and verifiable through to our innovative products: Capture App, Numbers Search Engine, Seal API and Numbers Mainnet.
What have been some successful use cases for Numbers Protocol?
The Numbers Protocol has been successfully implemented in many relevant use cases such as Reuters’ coverage of the 2020 US presidential election as well as in Ukraine cataloging and preserving early evidence of Web3 war crimes in the world. In addition, Numbers Protocol is also the foundation of the Web3.0 creator economy in conjunction with a third-party organization, CreatorDAO, an advisory board of cross-industry creatives with a background in Web3 art and technology. By making digital media traceable and verifiable, we will be able to resolve major issues including, but not limited to, copyright, ownership, asset history, and royalty distributions. As an asset-centric protocol, all digital assets, including files, photos, and audio tracks, are within our scope with the same basic technical solutions: let the digital assets “speak” about themselves.
Other use cases for the numbers protocol were bringing transparency to the vehicle resale and repair supply chain, copyright protection for the music platform, and how True Photos could help e-commerce. .
What does the recent mainnet launch mean for the protocol and its roadmap?
Numbers as an asset-based protocol, we turn normal images into Web3 assets. To achieve this, three main factors must be considered: storage, asset governance and on-chain activities. Filecoin and IPFS provide the solution for storage, CreatorDAO provides the solution for governance. The remaining question is what should be the fundamental infrastructure for on-chain activities? The answer is Number Mainnet.
The launch of Mainnet unlocks Numbers Protocol and enables us to support the “full lifecycle” of the modern digital asset through integrity logging, native NFT keystrokes, revenue sharing, and… other innovative work. Numbers Mainnet for the team and the community is the last and also the most important element of the protocol of numbers. With him, we have the opportunity to become the center of the digital media industry in the future of Web3.
While Numbers Mainnet is the culmination of years of hard work by the Numbers community and its supporters, it is also just the beginning. Numbers Mainnet is the start of a journey that we hope will reshape digital media on the web. There is still a lot of work to do. As our community grows and our partners grow, it will take a lot more to see the full adoption of traceable and verifiable digital assets.
As for the Mainnet roadmap, our services include Capture App, Seal API, Numbers Search Engine and its SDK. Eventually, all services will be migrated to Numbers Mainnet. We will start from Capture App, the migration includes moving registrations from IOTA to Numbers Mainnet, creating the default NFT mint on Mainnet and most importantly using Mainnet NUM as the default cryptocurrency in application instead of BEP20 NUM. The Capture app migration should be complete by March next year, then we’ll move to the API, then to the search engine.
Tell me about Numbers Protocol, the mission and vision behind the project.
Numbers Protocol is an open source ecosystem for digital media, Web3’s Git for cross-chain asset tracking and management. Numbers Protocol’s vision is to build a library of digital media files to provide transparent and verifiable media relations.
It is the first asset-centric protocol and supports the entire lifecycle of modern digital content. With so much manipulation, theft and censorship, Numbers Protocol makes the goal of restoring trust in digital media a top priority. With Numbers Protocol, cross-chain information of digital media assets can be viewed or managed through an API (off-chain) or oracles (on-chain).
Numbers Protocol provides a complete solution for the digital media industry including:
Capture app: The world’s first Web3 camera app – enabling creators to secure and monetize digital assets.
Number search engine: The first Web 3.0 cross-network search engine. It supports token, CID and reverse image search for Web 3.0 photos and NFTs to provide a complete picture of digital media files.
Seal API: An API for creating NFTs, storing files on IPFS, and saving files as Web 3.0 assets.
Main network of numbers: Allow anyone to create chain evidence of digital media files. Numbers Blockchain is a digital media library and indexing system that aims to provide the media consumer with the complete picture.
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