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IBM Blockchain Assists Groundwater Pilot in Drought-Prone California

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IBM and two other organizations will marry blockchain and IoT to help manage groundwater usage in an “at-risk” Californian aquifer.

Aimed to improve sustainable use of the key water resource, IBM announced Friday that California’s Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta will be tracked in “real-time” through a joint effort between the Freshwater Trust, a U.S-based nonprofit working to preserve and restore freshwater ecosystems, and SweetSense, a provider of internet of things (IoT) sensors for the development sector.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta covers 1,100 square miles and provides water to the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal and southern California.

The project is being jointly funded by the Water Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and will also receive research support from the University of Colorado Boulder, IBM said.

For the effort, IoT sensors will transmit water extraction data to satellites, after which it will be recorded on the IBM Blockchain Platform hosted in the IBM Cloud. It also uses smart contracts to automatically execute transactions when certain conditions are met.

“Through a web-based dashboard, water consumers, including farmers; financers and regulators will all be able to monitor and track the use of groundwater to demonstrate how sustainable pumping levels can be achieved through the trading of groundwater use shares in the State of California,” IBM explained.

For example, if a farmer was not planning on watering their land for a season, they could trade or sell water credits on the blockchain to another farmer.

SweetSense is already monitoring the groundwater supplies for “over a million” people in Kenya and Ethiopia through IoT sensors and will be mirroring the same system in California, its CEO Evan Thomas said.

According to Dr. Solomon Assefa, vice president for emerging market solutions and director at IBM Research – Africa:

“With the addition of the blockchain we can bridge critical trust and transparency gaps making it possible to build a robust, scalable and cost-efficient platform for managing precious groundwater supplies anywhere in the world.”

IBM added that the pilot project comes as the result of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which was signed into law in 2014. The act mandated creating agencies and groups to ensure a plan is in place to make local groundwater usage sustainable.

Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta image courtesy of IBM

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TRON (TRX) Long-Term Price Forecast- February 17

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TRX/USD Long-term Trend: Ranging

Supply zone: $0.0400, $0.05000, $0.0600
Demand zone: $0.01000, $0.00800, $0.00600

Tron long-term outlook remains in a range-bond market. The bears return predicted in last week analysis remained strong within the range. The two EMAs were broken as the bears continue the downward journey.

TRXUSD dropped initially to $0.02448 and later to $0.02360 in the demand area. This was the low of the week on 14th February.


With price below the two EMAs crossover and the stochastic oscillator signal in the oversold region pointing up at 8%. It suggests a minor push to the upside before downtrend continuation within the range.

TRXUSD is in consolidation and trading between $0.02881 in the upper supply area and at $0.02142 in the lower demand area of the range. A breakout at the upper supply area or breakdown at the lower area followed by a retest may occur hence patience is required to allow this to happen before a position is taken.

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New Ripple Insights Post Shows New Generation Of Blockchain Workers Getting Support From Fundação Getúlio Vargas In Brazil

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New Generation Of Blockchain Workers Receives Necessary Support And Education From Fundação Getúlio Vargas In Brazil

Blockchain technology is growing every day, and the only way to keep up the pace is to have new developers learn the technology and seek out ways to improve it. However, before that innovation can happen, the industry needs more people that understand blockchain technology, which is what Sao Paulo’s Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) is working towards.

FGV is one of the leading universities in Brazil, and they offer the University Blockchain Research Initiative, which was recently developed by Ripple. Professor Riccardo Rochman of the university spoke with Ripple on a recent issue of their Insights blog to discuss the way that their Crypto Master’s Program is readying blockchain entrepreneurs and leaders for the future.

The topics of blockchain and cryptocurrency are necessary research topics in Brazil, considering the role they play in the evolving economy. In Rochman’s opinion, blockchainhas the potential to overthrow the current protocols that exist in business and economics, ultimately empowering the people of Brazil.

Presently, the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) uses blockchain and a proprietary cryptocurrency as a way to fund local businesses. Considering this use case, Rochman pointed out that the new paths being made for blockchain technology will make the environmentally friendlier and needier of the new workers and entrepreneurs with a fresh take of the fintech.

A major part of this future vision is UBRI, which Rochman says is helpful in bringing in more students to the program. In fact, he has noted that there has been an increase in the number of research proposals on blockchain, along with new dissertations.

With the funding, FGV has been able to work with private firms as well. They have also been responsible for the networking that has been set up with other UBRI-funded universities. The cooperation of these networking relationships is now is what will pivot the blockchain community forward. Last year, Rochman even was part of the launch of the Master’s Degree in Crypto Finance, which had never been done before now.

When the program originally began, there were about 20 that enrolled in the first course that they made available, while 250 joined the Master’s Program. The numbers have grown exponentially since then, and there have been many new students immediately enlisting in the program. Rochman views the work that the university is doing as a way to change Brazil and eventually the rest of the world.

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Glitch Goons Is The Newest And Hottest Blockchain Powered Game In Town

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One of the first multi-blockchain technology supporting mobile games of its kind, Glitch Goons is a definite win when it comes to blockchain technology progressing. It features very futuristic elements such as a “vaporwave saturated atmosphere” and insane cyborg slash animal slash human characters engage in glorious battle to survive on a dying world.

 

The game which was released in late 2018, supports a wide variety of crypto technology. supporting a whole range of cryptocurrencies.

The premise of the game is simple. It is set on Earth in the year 2690 where nuclear war has resulted in most species being wiped off Earth. Now the survivors live underground where life is hard due to a lack of oxygen and water. In order to survive, they must battle other survivors in order to make it to a newer colony on a distant planet called Garthorix.

To make their way to the transport system called the ‘Transposition Channel that transfers human minds to a selected ‘carrier’s’ body on Garthorix.

This 80’s inspired trailer is giving us major Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter feels, very reminiscent of the popular retro gaming vibe.

The official Glitch Goons website also features a brief look into the backstory and history of the entire realm and also has comics.

This fighting game also allows players to upgrade and customize their characters through cyrpto coins and 1 GC equals around 0.005ETH.  Although the game play isn’t the best, the story and the applications of blockchain inspired technology makes this game worth playing.

Other than different characters, players can also buy chests that contain 5 items each, ranging from rare and legendary gear which includes armor, boots, weapons, helmets, pants, jewelry and even modification chips.

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