FAQ

1. How can you identify fake accounts? What about adversarial networks?
2. How do you define proof-of-individual?
3. What’s your roadmap?
4. Do I have to make my information public to participate?
5. Do you have a white paper?

How can you identify fake accounts? What about adversarial networks?

Right now, there are four legitimate projects in the space focusing on similar problems. If you haven’t yet, we recommend watching our Other Projects video in our Video White Paper. We’ve provided a summary here of what we bring to the table.

If, after reading the above material, you are still not convinced, that’s okay. We’re only asking that you keep us in mind as you follow the industry over the next few months. Our goal is to release an upvoting site based on a true global identity that shows our algorithm in a live setting. This is the only way we can actually convince you of the viability of our project.

Project Oblio is only an experiment. It pits A.I. against each other, with financial incentives for identifying fake data. We are not an investment vehicle. We put much greater value in contributed code and community involvement than in any monetary contribution. We recommend only contributing ETH as a way of getting involved with the project anonymously.

How do you define proof-of-individual?

We define proof-of-individual as a “trust score”, calculated based on the aforementioned factors. It is entirely based on pitting A.I. against each other, with financial incentives for identifying fake accounts, as well as “backers” or “followers” of one high-karma account to another.  We believe you’ll trust this score, because early on, the most important parts of our network will be publically-auditable by you.

Over one-third of the human brain is dedicated to recognizing faces. If you’ve ever trained an artificial neural network, the ~1,000 neurons you might’ve used is orders of magnitude less than the ~20 billion of neurons used by the brain to recognize faces. A.I. is not yet complex enough to fake out a human brain in a DUBs-based Turing Test (except maybe in purely text generation).  Please see the liveness-detectable biometrics post if you haven’t already. It is really the most important post.

Nothing about our algorithm guarantees binary uniqueness for a user. We can only generate trust scores for users based on leading biometric and decentralized research. Like other, purely digital-data based blockchain projects, our trust score algorithm will rely more and more on decentralized A.I. pitted against each other, with financial incentives for identifying fake data. We believe our biological data network can be made more secure, due to liveness-detectability of data.

What’s your roadmap?

Originally, in accordance with “Mobile Populism”, we wanted to give away all the cryptocurrency on our platform for free. The plan was to have a token which was a measure of user’s wealth, called “Oblios” (this measure of wealth is now called “Arrows”). Another non-transferable score, called “Karma”, would be used to measure a user’s uniqueness. This uniqueness metric would provide benefits such as cashback bonuses (in contrast to blockchain fees), recurring payments, and interest rates for donations to the budget system. See “A Bot Tax” for more information.

When we posted about our giveaway on Reddit, we were astounded by the number of people who did not want to participate in our information verification process. In our minds, the only way to give away cryptocurrency for free in a decentralized way is to collect information proving each account as unique, and make that information publically-auditable. Otherwise, someone could generate multiple fake accounts, and rob the community of its wealth-based token.

We’ll still honor the data submitted by users during our Airdrop, by transferring it over to our “Distribution” segment. Our “Distribution” segment will be version 2.0 of our giveaway. When it launches, a significant portion of our cryptocurrency (Arrows) will be given away in exchange for posting on our upvoting site (still in development), completing Oblio University courses, and linking online identities.

The Distribution period of Project Oblio will last two years. Tokens will not be movable from our smart contract during this time. We’re staying away from centralized exchanges and the selling of our tokens early on, preferring the well-tested effects of developing an isolationist economy. For a cryptocurrency to catch on, there must be value — of buying and selling — the currency beyond the realm of transfers to dollars or cryptocurrency. In other words, we need to create a community where people want to buy and sell our token for its intrinsic value, and not a community where people are only interested in riding an investment vehicle.

After the two year distribution period, a 6-month decentralized “challenger-verifiers” market will be used to authenticate karma earned during the Distribution period. During this period, we will use the karma earned to elect block producers (similar to EOS), producing a scalable cryptocurrency.

What if I’m not comfortable making my information public?

Consider this. When you make information public, only you can profit from it. It is actually in the best interest of large tech companies for you to be privacy-conscious, because you’re effectively making them the only ones capable of handling your data. For them, this increases its value by means of restricted supply. When you make data public, you’re just eliminating a middleman, giving yourself all the profits.

Leading encryption techniques, like functional encryption and multi-party computation, show a lot of promise for providing anonymous-but-unique environments. In these environments, you’ll be able to keep your data anonymous, while also proving your uniqueness. This is because of magical, “math-preserving” encryption techniques. Your data is scrambled, but A.I. can still do math on it.  However, these environments can only be made secure by a large amount of public data first made available by other users. This public information is used to train highly secure algorithms, which are then mapped into anonymous spaces through a one-way function.

Our plan is to make data of “representatives” (block producers, highly-weighted voters) as well as financially-compensated users always public, over the permanent web. This public data will be used to develop secure anonymous-but-unique environments for various websites.

Our demo upvoting site won’t be entirely identifiable. You’ll be able to use it as a mostly anonymous user, your votes will just be weighted less.

There are a lot of cryptocurrency projects which are focused entirely on anonymity, effectively only a marginal improvement over things like CoinJoin implemented in Bitcoin long ago. There will always be a place for anonymous communication on the internet, and there is tremendous value in anonymous communications for protecting one’s freedom-of-speech. The real problem is lack of uniqueness. There has to be a place on the internet where trust scores of individuality have some merit. See “The Anti-Fake News Internet” for more.

Do you have a white paper?

There is no “law” that says a viable cryptocurrency needs a white paper. Text communication is efficient for sending information, but is extremely inefficient for receiving information. As you might’ve gathered by now, Project Oblio is doing a lot of things differently from traditional cryptocurrencies.

The human brain learns far better through audio-visual communication, as well as stepwise checks of understanding. Oblio University provides a free, quick, and simple guidance through understanding our project that is far more effective than a white paper.  Our video white paper is best viewed within the context of our Oblio University courses.