With the rise of decentralized technology, the doors to endless possibilities and novel mediums for interaction have been thrust wide open. One such surprising development is the recent announcement by China Daily, a CCP-owned newspaper, of its intent to launch a non-fungible token (NFT) platform. As unconventional as it may seem for a government-owned newspaper to delve into the NFT scene, this bold initiative will be a collaboration with a third-party blockchain firm, contributing to a fund amounting up to 2.813 million yuan.
To add more zest to the proposal, foreign firms are also invited to design the platform under budget specifications. A puzzling twist here is that the chosen mainnet must be capable of handling up to 10,000 transactions per second, a feature which beats some of the most formidable blockchains in existence today. This has not been a norm across the crypto market, foreshadowing heavy traffic and widespread implementation.
In alignment with China Daily’s cultural propaganda, the underlying goal is to use this platform as a vessel to foster the influence of Chinese civilization. For this, China Daily plans to employ a myriad of technologies ranging from Blockchain to AR/VR, NFTs, cloud computing, and big data. The platform will support uploading, displaying, and managing digital collections and features multimodal support.
Despite widespread cryptocurrency bans in China, multifarious blockchain initiatives operate under keen surveillance. Stamina may see an occasional downfall in the face of stringent law enforcement, but the resilience of blockchain continues to advance, evident through China Daily’s audacious move.
Simultaneously, the blockchain landscape is not bereft of trepidations. A prominent example is the astrology-themed NFT project, Lucky Star Currency (LSC), that gravely disappointed its users. After its widely propagated promotion, the abrupt withdrawal of over $1 million funds from the project sent shockwaves across the community. Despite attributing this foul play to an attack, the substantiation fell flat as the attacking account was identified as a deployer for one of LSC’s contracts. Undoubtedly, such unfortunate events pose severe credibility checks and legal challenges for Web3 projects.
To summarize, despite the potential upheavals blockchain technology might offer, its widespread implementation in endeavors like that of China Daily paints an optimistic future. Conversely, the setbacks encountered by ventures like LSC only serve to emphasize the need for robust infrastructure and stringent security measures. Blockchain’s journey into mainstream implementation might be a rocky one, but the destination it leads to might just redefine our understanding of technology.