In decentralization, we trust, and in our community, we believe!
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So without further ado, let’s start the interview.
I’m Sillytuna and I’ve been involved in the NFT space since 2014. I’m probably best known for selling the covid alien cryptopunk at Sothebys but I’ve actually been involved with crypto and NFT startups for many years.
There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with centralized products. They tend to be easy to use, run by known entities, and legally compliant. However, there are increasing issues of trust with our data, while digital property rights are heavily in favor of marketplaces rather than creators or users.
My primary area of interest is in the area of property rights. Decentralization allows us to use public infrastructure to handle ownership rights. That public infrastructure is run in a way that benefits its users due to the incentive layer as opposed to centralized infrastructure which is run by for-profit companies. They are not incentivized towards long-term innovation and user benefits, only in the short term.
Internet protocols are public infrastructure but internet apps and data are not. Decentralization changes that by adding another layer.
Decentralization hands power back to users, whoever they may be.
Sploot is a 100% community-managed parody sports project. All funds belong to the community who then decide how to spend it. That a bunch of anonymous people can collectively and safely manage large amounts of money is something that only crypto allows.
The Sploot community includes writers, artists, musicians, marketers, designers, developers, and sports fans trying to make a new world of narrative-based parody sports by starting with the core assets - players, fans, and staff. Sploot has commissioned two games, one with an experienced game developer, and will issue NFTs and teams to be used across multiple games. All of this without a company, regular profit motive, and more or less done on a volunteer basis. We’re partnering with numerous other sports projects to make their NFT holders part of this too. Collaborations FTW!
Soulcast will provide 2d and 3d artists with a new way to issue content and for their collectors to personalize their digital gear - from skateboards and game characters to sculptures and PFPs. This gear can potentially be used across multiple applications in AR, VR, and virtual worlds.
I also work on multiple generative art projects and Clodhoppers, an 8 player stop-motion brawler.
User experience, scaling, wallet security.
It can be used for ill as well as good due to its permission-less nature.
I’m hopeful we’ll see a lot more centralized companies building on the back of decentralized infrastructure, giving the user more control.