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Blockchain could become a part of the US military’s strategic weaponry



One often hears blockchain in the same breath as security and supply chains. This week, a winning entry to a competition organized by the United States Department of Defense cast both these aspects in a new light.

To keep pace with the ever-more technologized battlelines of contemporary warfare, the DoD continues to explore ways to innovate the manufacturing process and supply chain for weaponry and infrastructure in use by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Olympics, held virtually this year on Oct. 20–23, sought to recruit traditional DoD contractors, technology developers and academics to mobilize new technologies, particularly 3D printing, for the manufacture and delivery of critical parts in the military supply chain.

SIMBA Chain, a smart contract-as-a-service platform developed the University of Notre Dame and ITAMCO, was awarded first place and a prize of $100,000 for its entry in one of the technical challenges set during the DoD’s olympics.

For the challenge, the DoD devised a war game scenario in which a fictional island was under siege. Participants were tasked with deploying additive manufacturing (the 3D printing of metals, plastic and composite parts on demand) and creating a secure communications and delivery network for forward-deployed military units and front-line medical staff. SIMBA Chain CEO Joel Neidig explained:

“We […] had six days to put together an entire war games solution to deliver critical parts to a battlefront, keep field hospitals operational and infrastructure like runways intact. What was different about our approach was how we met both the physical challenges of war fighters as well as the cyber threats that are playing a growing role in modern warfare.”

SIMBA beat other participants such as Boeing, which won third place, and Stratasys, second place, due to its use of blockchain to provide a secure network that established cyber-resilient communications between additive manufacturing labs across the supply chain. 

The DoD’s olympics is not, of course, an idle war games challenge that stops with the creation of a fictional island. The Air Force seeks to turn successful solutions into commercial realities, and SIMBA Chain is already working with several arms of the DoD, including the Air Force and Navy. The company states it has “high hopes that blockchain, and specifically SIMBA Chain, will soon be an integral part of the U.S. military’s strategic weaponry.”

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DeFi and NFT crossover project Aavegotchi releases ‘Gotchiverse’ litepaper




One of the original decentralized finance and nonfungible token (DeFi/NFTs) crossover projects is taking a step forward today with the launch of a metaverse litepaper.

Aavegotchi — a project that creates upgradeable NFTs backed by yield-bearing positions on lending platform and money market Aave — announced the publication of a litepaper devoted to a gamified metaverse called the “Gotchiverse.”

Aavegotchi co-founder Jesse Johnson joked about the sometimes-esoteric features and backstory in the litepaper on a celebratory Twitter Spaces today:

“This is not your typical litepaper, it’s got a lot of lore in it […] We’ve got a bit of a DeFi RPG in front of us.”

The metaverse will introduce a new, fungible ERC-20 token, the “Gotchus Alchemica,” which will be farmable from REALM land plots, themselves backed as NFTs — similar conceptually to Decentraland’s MANA/LAND two-token system. 

Alchemica can be used to craft upgrades to REALM plots, including structures like the “Gotchi Lodge,” which will enable groups of players to socialize as well as combine their farming efforts. Upgrades will take a “certain number of blockchain blocks to finish constructing,” but liquidity providers to Aavegotchi’s in-house AMM, the “Gotchus Alchemica Exchange,” can hasten the process with rewards for providing liquidity.

This gamified yield farming is woven into the Gotchiverse’s considerable lore and backstory — about a third of the 14-page litepaper is devoted to storytelling and fleshing out the universe. The antagonists of the game, the Liquidators, refer to actual liquidators on the lending platform Aave, and the universe is speckled with DeFi in-jokes — a “home base” area of the map is called the “Citaadel,” and types of Alchemica include “Fud,” “Kek,” and “Fomo.”

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Aside from the farming gameplay, Johnson said the map will be “a huge game of Pac-Man,” where Aavegotchi run/float around the map to collect Alchemica and return it to their REALMs before getting caught by Liquidators, which may be player-characters as well as AI. 

A full release date for the Gotchiverse is pending, though Johnson said sections will be released as early as Q3 2021. Johnson added that the team has grown to 20 full-time employees, including veteran video game industry talent.

While Johnson has long been a bannercarrier for DeFi and NFT crossovers, interest in metaverses has been picking up as of late. This month, Nvidia’s CEO said that we’re on the “cusp” of a blockchain-powered metaverse, and the founder of major gaming title Fortnite said that metaverse tech is “going places.”