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CoinGeek Backstage with Calvin Ayre: BSV entrepreneurs are now proving Bitcoin works with their applications

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This article was originally published on CoinGeek on July 19, 2022

The Bitcoin SV ecosystem is coming of age. Unlike in the past few years when most developers were just sharing their dreams, plans, and visions, this year has seen more entrepreneurs showcasing their applications and what a massively scaling blockchain can do, and as Calvin Ayre noted, BSV is only just getting started.

CoinGeek Backstage host Becky Liggero caught up with Ayre in Dubai on the sidelines of the BSV Global Blockchain Convention. Ayre, the founder of Ayre Group and CoinGeek and the producer of the BSV Global Blockchain Convention, talked about how Bitcoin SV has matured over the past few years, IPv6, the future of Bitcoin, and more.

“What I’m liking is that unlike a few years ago when the companies would be up there talking theoretical, now people are up there talking about how long users have been using their products. BSV applications are getting out into the world and that’s an important step for us,” he noted.

The BSV Global Blockchain Convention saw several companies and developers take to the stage to share their progress so far, with many revealing groundbreaking partnerships and integrations that are transforming entire sectors. This is in line with the tenets of BSV, which lie in real-world applications and not just hype and speculation.

This growth is critical for BSV, Ayre, who’s a prolific investor in BSV startups, noted. With the world of digital currency using blockchain technology, it has tainted the image of the technology to the point that most people think of speculative trading when they hear blockchain. The Dubai event was just as important as it helped shine a spotlight on the actual applications that are being built on BSV, which are already being used worldwide.

“…at least people are finally figuring it out,” Ayre pointed out.

One of the themes that arose in the Dubai event was Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), which has recently become a hot topic of conversation in the tech world. As Dr. Craig Wright has revealed previously, he built IPv6 into Bitcoin originally, but it was stripped out when he left the project with other developers. However, through Bitcoin’s rebirth as BSV, Dr. Wright is out to right the wrongs and finally have IPv6 integrate with Bitcoin to form the Internet of the future.

As Ayre noted, seamless payments are critical to IPv6. For a long time, micropayments on the Internet haven’t been possible, “then lo and behold, Craig figured it out and we have BSV and nanopayments which are crucial for IPv6 to work properly.”

The Dubai event was the first of its kind in the Middle East and saw massive interest from the region, from developers and entrepreneurs to investors and government officials. Ayre revealed that holding the event in Dubai was strategic as the region has seen massive interest in blockchain technology in recent years.

“One of the attractions here is that you’ve got governments like here in Dubai and in Saudi Arabia that have a lot of money and pride themselves on being on the leading edge with new technology. The spirit to experiment is high in this region. We’re here because streamlining government is a big part of where we think this technology can be helpful to humanity.”

Having organized the largest Bitcoin event yet in Dubai, Ayre is already thinking about the next one, and as he revealed, it will be back in London. It will be even bigger and will now be a five-day event to allow the Bitcoin community to network more and learn from each other.

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How Bitcoin was saved

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on July 7, 2022.

The inside story of how a handful of individuals saved Bitcoin from those who sought to corrupt it can now be told.

History is full of instances in which individuals, acting on their own initiative, changed the course of world events. Think of Joshua Chamberlain ordering his brigade to fix bayonets and charge down Little Round Top, repulsing the Confederate forces and helping to ensure a Union victory at Gettysburg. Or Stanislov Petrov, the Soviet officer who broke military protocol by not informing his superiors of what he (correctly) suspected was a false radar signal showing an incoming missile attack, thereby preventing a retaliatory launch of Russian ICBMs and preserving life on this planet.

For the financial sector, Bitcoin’s 2009 launch promised to be as transformative as the introduction of the ‘horseless carriage’ was to 20th century transportation. However, following Satoshi Nakamoto’s withdrawal from the public stage, the Bitcoin Core developers who assumed control of the protocol had imposed limitations that were akin to removing a car’s engine and strapping the now-lifeless frame to a team of Clydesdales.

Bitcoin might have been permanently relegated to the role of a financial buggy whip were it not for the timely intervention of Calvin Ayre and Stefan Matthews, who helped facilitate Satoshi’s return in the form of Dr. Craig Wright and steered Bitcoin back onto its original revolutionary path. So, settle back as we fire up the time machine and retrace the steps through which Bitcoin was saved.

Betting on Bitcoin

In the first decade of this millennium, Matthews was working as Chief Information Officer at Australian online sports betting operator Centrebet. In 2005, Centrebet’s owners were planning an initial public offering and brought in the BDO accounting network to perform the necessary audits.

Among the three staff members that BDO sent to Centrebet was none other than Dr. Wright, who served as audit lead. Being Sydney-based, Wright was the BDO staffer who spent the most time at Centrebet engaging with Matthews’ team.

Fast forward to 2008 and Wright contacted Matthews to let him know he’d left BDO to set up his own company. Wright asked Matthews to consider him for any future contracting/consulting work and Centrebet did occasionally hire Wright to handle firewalls, security policies and the like.

In time, Centrebet decided it needed a board subcommittee to oversee security matters. Matthews was asked to chair this subcommittee and recommended Wright as an independent advisor on governance.

With Wright now coming into the Centrebet offices on a regular basis, Matthews recalled being driven “fucking nuts” due to Craig’s proclivity for barging into Matthews’ office to discuss his personal projects, regardless of whatever Matthews had on his plate or who else was in his office. “Craig was the same then as now. He has no awareness of the environment when he walks into a room.”

Many of Wright’s discussions centred on fintech, particularly early efforts by others to develop digital currency. Matthews added that “Craig had this passion to want to involve me” in his projects but Matthews always declined.

On one of Wright’s visits in July or August 2008, he handed Matthews a USB stick, said it contained a document he wanted Matthews to read. Matthews doesn’t like reading documents on screen, so he copied the file and printed it to read later. He eventually read the abstract and browsed the subject headings but, since it largely reminded Matthews of Wright’s previous discussions, Matthews ultimately tossed it on the pile of documents on his desk and forgot about it.

Matthews can’t recall if the document was credited to Satoshi Nakamoto, but does remember it being titled ‘Bitcoin’ and, to the best of his recollection, the text was close to the white paper released later that year.

A month later, Wright returned to ask if Matthews had read the document. Matthews said he’d reviewed it but it wasn’t anything he was interested in, a response that Matthews said Wright accepted and the matter was dropped.

Then in March or April 2009, Wright walked into Matthews’ office and asked him for $500. Matthews thought Wright was asking for a loan but Wright said he wanted to give Matthews 50,000 Bitcoins in exchange. Matthews declined, calling Bitcoin “the greatest load of shit I’ve ever heard of and won’t amount to anything.”

Something in the Ayre

Not long after this, Matthews left Centrebet and moved to London to work at online gambling operator Bodog UK. Matthews later moved to Manila to head up the global IT group for both the main Bodog brand as well as Bodog Asia.

Ayre had relinquished any operational role in the gaming industry several years prior but retained the rights to the Bodog brand, which he licensed to a number of independent operators in different markets. Over time, he’d gotten to know Matthews and had come to respect both his judgment and ability.

In 2014, Matthews was looking for new challenges and traveled to Antigua to meet with Ayre, who was looking to start a venture capital arm. Ayre encouraged Matthews to return to the Philippines and explore predominantly tech-focused investment opportunities in Asia.

Later that year, Matthews was contacted by Wright, who’d heard Matthews would be in Sydney around New Year’s and suggested they meet up. On January 2, 2015, they met in a Sydney hotel lobby, where Matthews said Wright talked non-stop about Bitcoin’s progress in the six years since its launch. But the meeting ended without Wright making any pitch about collaboration and Matthews was left wondering at the seeming pointlessness of the meeting.

That April, Wright again contacted Matthews, this time with a more concrete concern. Over the past few years, Wright had assembled a 45-member team to work on Bitcoin-and blockchain-related research, funding these operations by liquidating his Bitcoin holdings. He’d been selling coins that weren’t associated with Satoshi, as moving coins linked to Bitcoin’s creator would complicate issues Wright was having with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Matthews said Wright had “hit a brick wall” with the ATO over his claims for research grants under the government’s AusIndustry program and the relationship with the taxman had become “toxic at best.” Wright had alienated some senior figures at the ATO, including the deputy commissioner, by referring to them as “fucking morons.” Matthews noted that Wright’s Aspergers meant he’s “not the most cooperative – or diplomatic – bloke. If he thinks you’re a fucking idiot, he’ll tell you, whether you’re a tax auditor or not.”

Wright hadn’t previously explored the commercialization of his research but was now pitching Matthews on the idea of investing in his operations. Matthews had a trip to Sydney on his schedule and agreed to meet Wright to discuss the matter further.

Before the meeting, Matthews finally got around to googling Bitcoin, which led him to a copy of the white paper. Sitting at his computer in his hotel room, Matthews realized he’d read this document before. “It was like I was in a room with a ghost. The fucking hair on the back of my neck tingled.”

Later, Matthews asked Wright a pointed question: “Who the fuck is Satoshi Nakamoto?” Wright replied that Matthews already knew the answer, prompting Matthews to tell Wright to “stop talking in Craig riddles.” Matthews wanted a direct answer to a direct question: “Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?” Wright answered: “You’re looking at him.”

Wright reminded Matthews of the offer he’d made in 2009 to exchange $500 for 50,000 Bitcoin, joking that Matthews likely regretted not taking him up on his offer. Matthews replied: “If you were any sort of a cunt, you’d fucking give them to me.” (Spoiler alert: He didn’t.)

Let’s make a deal

Following this meeting, Matthews contacted Ayre, asked if he’d heard of Bitcoin. Given payment processing’s critical role in online gambling, Ayre was obviously aware of Bitcoin. Matthews then asked if Ayre knew who Satoshi was. Ayre said no, although he was aware of the mystery surrounding Satoshi’s real-world identity. Matthews related his dealings with Wright and suggested the three of them meet.

The trio later met up in Vancouver, a meeting that laid the groundwork for saving the original Bitcoin protocol. They spent three days discussing all things Bitcoin and Ayre said Wright “helped connect the dots in my brain” about how the technology worked. At the conclusion of these talks, Ayre gave Wright his “marching orders”—go back to Australia and “prepare for due diligence.”

Once in Australia, Matthews found Wright’s office empty, as Wright’s financial crunch had forced him to lay off his staff. About five days into his due diligence, Matthews discovered a room bulging with files, including blockchain-related research dating back to 2006, long predating Bitcoin’s launch. Not long afterward, a term sheet was prepared for Ayre’s approval.

The term sheet was signed at Wright’s office on June 29, 2015. After the signing, Wright rushed home, returning with a bottle of expensive champagne (Krug 2009 – an appropriate vintage). Lacking the appropriate stemware, they drank toasts out of mismatched coffee cups.

The deal, brokered by Ayre, would set up a company to acquire 100% of the IP belonging to all of Wright’s Australian companies, as well as Bitcoin/blockchain-related IP personally owned by Wright, along with the rights to Wright’s life story. In exchange, Wright received funding to rehire staff, restart his research and pay his ATO-related legal bills.

nChain Holdings was set up in London with office space and Wright and his wife Ramona found a place to live in Wimbledon. Their furniture and other belongings were in transit on the high seas so they rented an apartment for a couple weeks in Sydney’s business district. And then all hell broke loose.

Wright where they want him

Matthews was at the Sydney airport waiting to fly to Manila when he got a call informing him of the Wired and Gizmodo stories outing Wright as Satoshi. Shortly thereafter, Matthews received another call informing him that Australian federal police were swarming Wright’s former Sydney office.

Matthews left the airport and drove to Wright’s office. The ATO had asked the police to seize digital records to determine if Wright’s office was a front to justify fraudulent grant claims. Expecting to find no research whatsoever, a member of the forensic team sheepishly told Matthews that he was surprised by the volumes of data they discovered. Matthews later said the sheer number of Bitcoin-related patent applications that nChain subsequently filed is ample proof that Wright’s office wasn’t engaged in any fraudulent activity.

Matthews called some criminal lawyers who advised him that there was nothing preventing Wright from leaving Australia; in fact, they recommended he do so while they sorted out what was happening. Matthews quickly arranged a ticket for Wright on the first available flight to New Zealand.

Matthews then arranged for Wright’s wife and their children to fly to the U.K. Wright eventually flew to Manila, where Matthews collected him and took him to stay at his home. The next day, Matthews put Wright on a plane to London, where the next chapter of this story unfolded in very public fashion.

Not ready for prime time

What happened next has become the stuff of legend, or at least, an example of how swiftly the best laid plans can go off the rails. While nChain was filing patent applications, Wright was undergoing media training for his public reveal as Satoshi. Wright would suffer through these sessions—which largely focused on how not to respond to questions—but minutes before each actual interview he would suddenly balk at going through with it.

Both Ayre and Matthews say it’s now obvious that Wright wasn’t ready to deal with what he’d signed up for. Matthews said that the plan was “a perfectly natural way to do things,” assuming it involved anyone other than Wright. Matthews, who believes Wright views him as “the only consistent authority figure in his life” during that tumultuous 2015-16 period, says he was finally forced to inform Wright that he was “almost obligated” to go through with the process. Not that that made it go any smoother.

Despite Wright’s media blow-up, neither Ayre nor Matthews said they ever lost faith in him. However, they did alter their strategy for moving forward now that they understood Wright’s limitations. Ayre funded the launch of CoinGeek Media to promote Wright’s vision of restoring the Bitcoin protocol’s big-block, multi-functional utility, culminating in original protocol Bitcoin being freed of all artificial constraints in 2018. However, it was forced to trade under the new ticker BSV (Bitcoin Satoshi Vision) because corrupt cryptocurrency exchanges had misappropriated previous ones. (The BTC trading ticker is now used for a non-scaling protocol fork that is most definitely not the Bitcoin described in the white paper.)

Meanwhile, Ayre and Matthews invested in a public cloud computing data infrastructure company that supported global blockchain applications. This company rebranded as TAAL Distributed Information Technologies (CSE:TAAL | FWB:9SQ1 | OTC: TAALF), with a dedicated focus on mining and BSV’s future transaction economy. TAAL is now the world’s largest writer of transactions to a public blockchain.

Matthews served as CEO of nChain, later taking on the role of TAAL’s CEO/chairman. Ayre funded the launch of the Bitcoin Association, of which both he and Matthews were founding members. The Association is the group behind the original protocol now exactly following the white paper, including rolling out Simplified Payment Verification (SPV), aka the secret sauce to unbounded Enterprise scaling.

Ayre also created Ayre Ventures, the first and largest venture capital fund supporting start-ups that leverage BSV’s superpowers. Ayre Ventures has also funded nChain, which is now the world’s largest owner of base blockchain IP to enable enterprise-level scaling and adoption.

In 2018, Ayre debuted the CoinGeek Conference, which will hold its 10th event in London in 2023 under its new name BSV Global Blockchain Convention.

Wright continues to file more patents and is now a global keynote speaker on the IEEE conference series alongside Professor Latif Ladid explaining how original Bitcoin was always designed to integrate with IPv6 and enable the next generation of data valuation over the internet. Only those supporting rival technologies or with axes to grind refuse to accept Dr. Wright as the sole inventor of Bitcoin.

The small-block developer cabal that hijacked the Bitcoin protocol a decade ago aimed to force users onto proprietary side-chains by eliminating on-chain capacity. In the process, they also sought to neutralize the threat the original Bitcoin posed to the legacy financial giants that supported these developers. Their plot is now in tatters, thanks to the timely intervention of a handful of individuals and their commitment to seeing Bitcoin fulfill its original vision.

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CoinGeek TV: Calvin Ayre talks BSV growth over the years and the future it holds

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This article was originally published on CoinGeek on July 5, 2022.

Calvin Ayre joined Kurt Wuckert Jr. on CoinGeek TV to discuss why he is still fighting for Satoshi’s vision despite the opposition and what he believes the future holds for Bitcoin SV.

Ayre is the founder of Ayre Ventures, a global investment group through which he has invested in many of today’s biggest Bitcoin ecosystem’s success stories. He is also the founder of CoinGeek. He joined Wuckert on Day 2 of the BSV Global Blockchain Convention in Dubai, which incidentally was also his birthday.

As Wuckert noted, the Dubai event is the biggest by far, attracting the highest number of attendees and online streamers. “I can feel the energy building,” Ayre stated while announcing that the next event will be in London, and he expects that to be even bigger.

“The difference with what’s going on here compared to when we started the conference series in 2018 is that right now people are talking about their products with actual performance metrics. Before, it was theoretical,” he said.

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The event was the first in Dubai, a city that’s gained global recognition for its blockchain adoption and integration. Ayre believes that this recognition is deserved as Dubai has a government that’s always willing to invest in and experiment with new and emerging technologies. Dubai, and the wider United Arab Emirates, have especially embraced BSV blockchain because the focus is on utility and not hype.

Ayre has been in Bitcoin for several years now and he says the journey has been “frustrating in a good way.” He would want to see things move much faster, but he appreciates the Bitcoin ecosystem’s growth over the years.

On why his tune never changes regarding Bitcoin, the gambling industry pioneer told Wuckert that it’s “because no other product can do what this technology does…if you’re really trying to solve enterprise-size data problems, you’ve got no other choice. This is the only game in town.”

Bitcoin SV is technically superior to any other blockchain network in the market by a wide margin, the other blockchain networks are called hobby platforms. And since the detractors couldn’t fault BSV on technical or application grounds, they have focused on attacking the personalities, with Dr. Craig Wright being the prime target. However, Satoshi has an impressive record in court case, and this is positively impacting BSV.

“That’s helping change the narrative around this product because that cloud of misinformation targeted at the technology by attacking the person is lifting,” he said.

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However, even more importantly, more and more people building on BSV are proving that ‘the technology works as advertised.’

BSV is an enterprise blockchain, and with this, it has attracted several companies handling enterprise-level data. This ranges from those solving supply chain and social media challenges to games that process millions of transactions a day. And as the ecosystem grows, there will be more synergy between different players with shared tools that make developing an application on Bitcoin SV way easier than it is today, Ayre noted.

This growth will continue and even accelerate in the coming years. Ayre expects BSV to attract more and more companies each year, telling Wuckert that while what BSV has achieved is quite notable, it’s quite a small ecosystem compared to the size of the industries we’re trying to revolutionize.

One of the biggest factors for growth in the coming years is targeting regions other than North America. As Ayre noted, most of the people threatened by Bitcoin’s unbounded scaling are based in the United States, and as such, BSV gets much better reception in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

In closing, Ayre has this piece of advice to everyone: Take your time and do your own research on what Bitcoin is capable of.

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Calvin Ayre holiday message: Future’s bright for BSV blockchain in 2022

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on December 22, 2021.

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Calvin Ayre wants the world to know that, as good as 2021 was for the BSV community, the future’s so bright we’ll be wearing ARC-14 welder’s glasses in 2022.

Calvin Ayre has released a video in which he offers his traditional recap of the year’s events along with his hopes that everyone in the BSV community has a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. It would have been nice if COVID was in our rearview mirror by now, but it seems we’ll all just have to grin and bear it—and bare our sleeves for booster shots—a while longer.

On a more positive note, Calvin is excited that BSV was identified this year as the most energy-efficient blockchain by leading Canadian accounting and business advisory service firm MNP. With other blockchains coming under intense criticism for accelerating climate change just to benefit a select few HODLers, BSV’s green credentials further distinguish it from the planet-warming cryptocurrencies.

Calvin celebrates the fact that BSV set new standards for the most transactions in a single block while mining individual blocks in excess of 2GB, feats not only unimaginable but impossible on other blockchains. We also witnessed BSV surpass BTC as the most data-rich blockchain, a lead that will only widen as BTC maxis cling to their stunted 1MB data cap to justify their proprietary second-layer ‘solutions.’

Just like COVID, the year saw BTC mutate into yet another variant, this one called Taproot. Calvin expresses amazement that the centralized BTC protocol developers are choosing to hype Taproot’s ability to mask transaction data just as regulators and law enforcement agencies are finally getting wise to the public threat posed by cryptocurrencies. But hey, to paraphrase Forrest Gump, stupid is as stupid develops.

Meanwhile, August saw BSV fulfill the model of economic sustainability laid out in Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper by mining blocks in which transaction fees exceeded the block reward for the first time. With block rewards set to halve again in 2024, BSV remains the only technology offering miners a path toward financial sustainability.

Speaking of Satoshi, it was also a good year for Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright, who Calvin noted had crushed his enemies, taken their horses and heard the lamentations of their women. (We may be paraphrasing Calvin here somewhat.)

Specifically, Wright enjoyed favorable court rulings on both sides of the Atlantic in 2021. In the U.K., Wright prevailed in his fight with anonymous Twitter troll Cøbra over Wright’s copyright in the Bitcoin white paper. U.K. courts also sided with Wright in his defamation suits against Magnus ‘Hodlonaut’ Granath and podcaster Peter McCormack, both of whom were required to cough up sizeable sums as the cost of their legal folly.

In the U.S., the jury in the Kleiman v Wright trial concluded that Wright had no help in creating Bitcoin, confirming Wright’s sole claim to the Satoshi name. As Calvin notes, this bodes well for Wright’s upcoming UK court tilt with the BTC maxi brigade known as COPA, who desperately want to torpedo the growing public recognition of Wright as Satoshi.

Calvin ends his annual greeting on a positive note, expressing an optimism for the year ahead that is as unbounded as BSV. Having withstood the challenges posed by 2021, Calvin wishes all of us similar successes in 2022. The future may be unwritten, but when it is written, it will undoubtedly be written on the BSV blockchain.

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CoinGeek TV takes us to New York for new insights on metaverse and investments in Bitcoin SV

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 13, 2021.

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Patrick Thompson caught up with Calvin Ayre, the founder of CoinGeek and the main event sponsor via his VC firm Ayre Ventures, for the first installment of CoinGeek TV on Day 1 of the CoinGeek Conference in New York.

Speaking at the conclusion of the morning session, Ayre said he was particularly inspired by the discussions around BSV and gaming. Coming from the gaming industry, Ayre stated he is trying to get his friends in the sector to understand how powerful BSV is as a technology. While that mission has been complicated by the fog of digital currency, he said it was refreshing to see the power behind the movement towards adoption in gambling and gaming at the CoinGeek Conference.

He predicted the New York conference would come to be seen as a tipping point for the technology, with big changes to how the world will look at Bitcoin SV coming down the track.

Calvin Ayre

On the choice of pitching up in New York, Ayre said it was time to get more exposure to the U.S. market. New York was chosen as the center of media, finance, large industry, and the largest population base in the U.S., giving CoinGeek a strong platform to spread the word about Bitcoin SV.

Addressing the rapid pace of change in the sector, even since CoinGeek Zurich, Ayre said it was refreshing to see gaming apps adopting BSV so readily. While this is the way it should be, he commented that so many people couldn’t see the vision he was articulating for BSV in gaming until recently, which he marked as a point of personal satisfaction.

He gave the example of CryptoFights, which as a single app is bigger than the entire Ethereum platform. In fact, during some spikes, it is bigger than the whole digital currency ecosystem, through this one app powered by Bitcoin SV alone.

Ayre wrapped up by saying the epiphany for so many people in the sector is going to be the realization Bitcoin SV will take over, and there will be no reason for digital currency to exist at all, because this one platform can do it all and more.

Robert Rice

Next up, Thompson was joined by Robert Rice, a familiar face in the Bitcoin space, to discuss AR, VR and the Omniscape metaverse. Rice said the only tech that ties all these pieces of new technology together is BSV, presenting a platform that was like Pokemon Go for brands.

Rice explained the metaverse as the idea of all the things around us—augmented reality, virtual reality, data, IoT, blockchain, and bringing this whole world of data into a 3D format.

At present, Omniscape has apps available for all the different legs of this—for 3D, for AR, and so on. The next focus was on linking them up, so users can see all these elements in the same place, or can visit anywhere in the world through the VR interface, with access to the full suite of features.

Interactions in AR are currently through smartphones, allowing users to see 3D objects, click on them, rotate them, pick them up, and much more. But in the near future, Rice sees this moving a step forward, with the likes of 3D glasses from Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook. Over time, he said, these interactions will become way more natural, moving far beyond the mobile-first world they currently inhabit.

Asked about the exciting developments going on with Omniscape, Rice said it was hard to narrow it down. The company is currently in the middle of a seed round, which he stated had led to amazing investors coming on board, and a rapid scaling and acceleration of the development roadmap.

He also spoke about the 3D scanner, a scanner that creates photorealistic 3D copies of people, animates them, and tokenizes them, creating a digital avatar that can be seen in AR via the app—just another example of what’s going on at Omniscape.

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Calvin Ayre: CoinGeek New York a tipping point for Bitcoin SV

This article was originally published on CoinGeek on October 8, 2021.

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In a year’s time, we will look back at CoinGeek New York as the tipping point after which Bitcoin SV exploded and showed the world just what’s possible on Bitcoin. This was the message from Calvin Ayre, the founder of Ayre Group and CoinGeek. Ayre joined CoinGeek Backstage to talk about why ‘It’s About Time’ for Bitcoin SV and what the future holds for the industry.

CoinGeek Conferences have been held at a number of cities across the globe, from Seoul to Zurich and London. However, none of them can match New York’s importance to global finance and media industries, Ayre told CoinGeek’s Stephanie Tower.

“There’s a big media concentration here, there’s a financial concentration, the surrounding areas have got a lot of industries and this technology [BSV blockchain] can be used to solve data problems for anybody that touches big data, and nowadays, that’s a lot of different industries. It’s a good place for us to be getting a footprint,” he stated.

Bitcoin SV is at a point in which it has attained a critical mass of people that understand and appreciate Bitcoin, Ayre said. While other blockchain projects have gone after cheap gains from speculation, Bitcoin SV has focused on solving data challenges, and finally, the world is noticing.

“We’re going to look back at this being a tipping point, where the momentum of people that understand this technology is going to become a weight upon itself,” Ayre said.

The theme for CoinGeek New York was “It’s About Time,” and Ayre believes that it couldn’t have been more apt. It’s about time the world realizes that the BSV enterprise blockchain can solve the data challenges that affect almost every other industry. As the world gets into a digital era with phenomena such as the Metaverse, only Bitcoin SV can power the next frontier, the gambling industry legend noted.

“This is the start of a gold rush,” Ayre said. “This technology is going to take on a life of its own.”

He compared what’s happening in Bitcoin right now to the early 2000s when the Internet was in its infancy and some of today’s trillion-dollar Internet behemoths were being launched. Those who don’t get into Bitcoin today will regret a few years down the line when the early adopters will be seeing their ventures become global brands.

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