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Solving Developer Burnout in Your Company

​​Image by Tim Gouw on Unsplash ​​The tech industry is full of of exciting opportunities and fast-paced development cycles. These can be fun, but can also cause burnout...

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Singtel partners UOB and ADDX on largest foreign currency digital bond in Singapore

Singtel’s first digital sustainability-linked bond reaffirms the Group’s commitment to sustainability and support the digitalisation of the financial ecosystem Singapore, 20 April 2022 – Singtel,...

A more sustainable Catalyst

Demonstration tests underway in Prague using sustainable fuels have provided initial insights to the joint teams of CVUT, GE and Avio Aero, who are now aiming to run with 100% SAF.     A little over two months passed since last November, when GE Aviation Turboprop and the Czech Technical University in Prague CVUT started […]

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US House of Representatives Revisits Bill to Federally ‘Legalize’ Cannabis

Next week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill that would effectively decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, marking only the second time in over 50 years that a chamber of Congress has voted to reclassify cannabis from its existing status as a federally prohibited substance. What can we expect as far as timetables and anticipated […]

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House of Representatives Expected To Vote on MORE Act Next Week

The House of Representatives will consider a bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level and could vote on the measure as soon as next week, according to information from Democratic leaders.

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Historical pioneers brought back to life as NFTs depicting how they could look today

Pionauts, one of the most unique and groundbreaking NFT art collections, is set to launch on 28 April 2022, announced Johan Van Asperen Vervenne, the founder and visionary behind the team that created the series.

Today, Pionauts is the world's first company to create large-scale photorealistic appearances of historical pioneers, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Nefertiti, Aristotle, Cleopatra, and so many more.

"Pionauts began as an idea for an NFT collection. Most NFT collections have about six different backgrounds," Johan said. "My team used 84 different 17th and 18th-century paintings to create many of the backgrounds used."

The 150 original pioneers selected by Van Asperen Vervenne and his team mostly lived before the invention of the camera. The team behind Pionauts are artificial intelligence, 2D and 3D graphic design specialists from nine countries.

“People of all ages are fascinated by pioneers that lived before the invention of the camera,” Van Asperen Vervenne said. “Before Pionauts came to life, we only saw old paintings and could only imagine what they looked like when they were alive.”

Van Asperen Vervenne felt it was time to bring them back to life today and go beyond the “stories we read about what they accomplished and go beyond imagining what stories they would tell about themselves if they were alive today.”

With that in mind, Van Asperen Vervenne and his team brought to life “the best-known pioneers with the latest 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.” Applying Deep Learning technology and months of manual retouching, a collection of 8,500 unique variations was created with modified characteristics such as age, facial features and expressions.

Voting utility

Each of these NFTs comes with voting powers that grant holders of the breath-taking digital art collectibles the right to voice how they want the Pionauts comic stories told. They also come with copyrights and many of the photorealistic pioneers' portraits are already trademarked, said Van Asperen Vervenne.

“These portrait trademarks safeguard against infringement of copyrights increasing the value of the Pionauts project,” he added. “Pionauts owns the copyrights for commercial and non-commercial use.

 Royalty income

The Pionauts team sees a positive future in collaborating in various entertainment, marketing and educational projects. Johan and his team's goal is to create more 3D models of pioneer's faces and explore collaborations with Metaverse games, brands, educational- and the movie industry.

“Our goal for Pionauts NFT holders is to share in our future success as the Pionauts brand expands. Pionauts will share 25% of its royalty income with its NFT holders that are KYC (Know Your Customers) compliant,” Johan said.

Pionauts allows all Pionaut NFT holders to exclusively co-create new storylines about breathtaking interplanetary journeys and have a voice in choosing where the story goes next, Johan said.

"The ambition of the Pionauts team is to create a series of pilots, blockbuster movies, similarly as Pixar's Toy Story franchise and the Marvel cinematic universe," Van Asperen Vervenne said. "Pionauts has some very exciting announcements in the pipeline," he said.

The Pionaut's inception

Van Asperen Vervenne one day became intrigued by musician George Aquilla Hardy's depiction of what the first US President would look like today. But Johan went further. He dove into the topic of facial recognition and researched facial reconstruction techniques for digital illustration.

After he concluded his investigation, he decided to see if he could recreate the faces of a few famous people throughout history. After forming a dedicated team of international designers, he looked at historic pioneers regarded as some of the world's greatest minds.

With the help of some of the world's best artificial intelligence (AI) experts, including the founding father of the AI Gan source code, Johan added movements to the face of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle from the image of a statue representing his likeness.

Patience paid off, and it enticed Johan and his colleagues to continue with more restorations. They chose several more famous personalities of the past, that also include Socrates, Beethoven and William Shakespeare.

After many hours of meticulous attention to detail, the talented group transformed the faces of several of the most renowned pioneers worldwide into a photorealistic likeness of them thanks to groundbreaking AI. And then the decision to make them Pionauts.

"Earth is explored by the greatest minds in history. Imagine the progress we can make if these brilliant people help us explore space?" Johan asked. "And thus, the pioneers from history became Pionauts."

Utility

Each of the 8,500 NFTs comes with great utility. They come with voting rights on comic stories with the pioneer characters, their stories, the possibility for holders to input their stories, royalties from their sales, and future movie deals from which we like each NFT holder to profit.

“The goal is that holders of any Pionauts NFT will enjoy passive income as the Pionauts brand expands,” and “This 'army' of thousands of Pionauts NFT holders will undoubtedly help signal, prevent and protect Pionauts portrait rights for the benefit of all those invested in the collection.”

The unique Pionauts NFT collection launches on 28 April 2022

www.pionauts.com         Discord: https://lnkd.in/eQktanmD         Twitter: @pionauts 

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Nanophotonic patterns make scintillators shine brighter

Large increase in light output could lead to better medical imaging

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Transaid launches Hadrian’s Cycleway Challenge

International development organisation Transaid is calling on cyclists from across the transport and logistics... Read more »

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Kukun Hires Former Expedia Technology Leader as Vice President of Engineering

Matt Nichols joins proptech startup to scale product engineering efforts MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#inovation—Kukun, the leading proptech platform and originator of property data, home valuations, and homeowner investment solutions, announced today that Matt Nichols has been recruited from Expedia to lead product engineering. Nichols brings expertise from one of the world’s most innovative travel and […]

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Set up a text summarization project with Hugging Face Transformers: Part 1

When OpenAI released the third generation of their machine learning (ML) model that specializes in text generation in July 2020, I knew something was different. This model struck a nerve like no one that came before it. Suddenly I heard friends and colleagues, who might be interested in technology but usually don’t care much about […]

‘Quantum brakes’ slow water flow through carbon nanotubes

New theory suggests that a quantum version of friction plays an important role in nanoscale fluid dynamics

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Research infrastructures found to have an astronomical impact on astronomy’s carbon footprint

Study finds that research facilities emit at least 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent every year

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Stewarding ex-CASRAI Assets for the Future A joint statement from CODATA, euroCRIS and NISO

2022-03-23: CODATA,  euroCRIS, and NISO are pleased to confirm arrangements for the future of selected key resources from the former CASRAI organisation.  CASRAI as an organisation has ceased to exist.  Before the organisation was closed down, CODATA, euroCRIS, and NISO were each approached to steward selected CASRAI resources of value to the research data, research […]

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