US Secret Service Embraces Crypto: Blockchain’s Expanding Influence and Challenges Ahead

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The United States Secret Service has recently conducted an ask-me-anything (AMA) session on Reddit’s r/cryptocurrency subreddit. They revealed owning crypto, maintaining an NFT collection, and recognizing the potential of blockchain technology in combating financial crime. Showing enthusiasm for the transparent nature of blockchains, they mentioned it as an “amazing opportunity” for law enforcement agencies, ultimately aiding them in the fight against illicit activities.

On the other hand, Elon Musk and his tweet, featuring artwork from the Milady NFT collection, have caused a surge in the floor price of Milady NFTs, eventually settling at 5.69 Ether (ETH). The collection, a clever play on the expression “my lady,” comprises 10,000 anime profile picture NFTs, drawing inspiration from street-style tribes.

Contrastingly, a tweet by developer Udi Wertheimer suggesting that the world’s first real-world purchase made with Bitcoin might have been for a JPEG image, challenges the prevailing narrative of Bitcoin’s first purchase being for pizza. The screenshot, dated Jan. 24, 2010, even shows Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto trying to assist in facilitating the sale.

South Korean company LG Electronics has filed a patent for a blockchain-based smart TV that enables NFT trading, published in the World Intellectual Property Organization’s database in May. The proposed technology aims to facilitate seamless connectivity between devices, crypto wallets, and an NFT market server, enabling transactions through an onscreen QR code connected to a cryptocurrency wallet.

Ubisoft’s popular gaming franchise, Assassin’s Creed, released customizable “smart collectibles” that include a transparent 3D-printed cube housing a character figure and a Polygon-based NFT called a “Digital Soul,” serving as proof of ownership. This move could potentially change the gaming industry and redefine collectibles.

Drawing from all these incidents, the influence of blockchain technology on various domains is apparent; it holds the potential to transform diverse areas, from law enforcement to popular gaming franchises. While some remain enthusiastic about embracing crypto and NFTs, others express a hint of skepticism regarding the feasibility of tracing blockchain technology for illicit activities. Simultaneously, influential figures like Elon Musk and Satoshi Nakamoto have played a significant role in shaping the industry in different ways.

As technologies like smart TVs and gaming franchises integrate

Source: Cointelegraph

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