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Russian Man Prints His Own Cryptocurrency Called The Kolion 4m26s

Russian Man Prints His Own Cryptocurrency Called The Kolion

If cryptocurrency is doing so well, you would think this man could buy a decent bookcase. But, anyway, this is a complicated subject that requires careful digestion. 54 year old Russian farmer Mikhail Shlyapnikov prints his own money, called the Kolion. It is named for the town he lives in, Kolionovo. The rationale for printing your own money is that, at least as originally intended, it could be exchanged locally, and be free of the blood and corruption inherent in national currency. Printing your own moeny is not, strictly speaking, counterfeiting money, just as long as the money you print is of your own design, and doesn't try to pass as what the government is printing. As Mr. Shlyapnikov explains it, 60% corruption is built into the cost of an egg. By paying in a cryptocurrency called Kolions, the local community somehow bypasses all the superfluous expense, and presumably can purchase the egg more cheaply. As Mr. Shlyapnikov explains, “We save rubles so we can trade with Russia, but use Kolions in Kolionovo.” Mr. Shlyapnikov, by the way, is an anarchist, and by definition anarchists don't have faith in the government at large. What does Mr. Shlyapnikov mean by “emitted, not mined”? Most currencies are backed (they get their worth from) a tangible and stable commodity, which is usually gold, silver, copper, and the like. These are substances that most international partners in trade can agree have value. A penny, for instance, roughly speaking, contains about one penny's worth of copper. For any paper currency backed by gold and silver, that gold and silver is usually stored elsewhere. Here in the United States that would be Fort Knox. But cryptocurrency seems to not be backed by any valuable commodity. It's worth is negotiated between the trading parties, and one guy agrees to take the Kolion from the buyer, and give him an egg in return. The guy buying the egg doesn't say, “And here's a nugget of gold to prove my Kolion is worth as much as your egg.” There is rightly a lot of mystery surrounding the relatively modern phenomenon of cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, this particular one sure is pretty! Is Mr. Shlyapnikov the artist? He looks eccentric enough to be designing his own money. This video seems to be equal parts an education into the philosophy of cryptocurrency , and a biopic of an interesting character. His house has an organic look, with bulbs germinating in windows, surrounded by a ponderous mound of books. The mound somewhat resembles Mr. Shlyapnikov, himself: opulent, rich in thought, larger than life, and intimately one with its surroundings. His land is quite beautiful, and one gets the sense he's trying to stay close to the little paradise he's chiseled out of the land for himself. Ironically, as the Kolion gains international appeal, he is being sucked outward into the very global affairs he disdains. At one point Mr Shlyapnikov fondles a new splitting maul with a red fiberglass handle. The action doesn't seem militant or threatening, but rather Mr. Shlyapnikov looks proud of his acquisition. As the salt of the earth, Mr. Shlyapnikov gives credibility to the value of the Kolion as the working man's cryptocurrency.

Plant Box Supplies Phones With Organic WiFi2m46s

Plant Box Supplies Phones With Organic WiFi

Technology is always changing and people are always coming up with new inventions to satisfy the needs of people. In today’s day and age, technology is one of the most useful things we have. Someone is always surprising people with their invention and trying to make life easier for all people around. As people’s technology improves, the surrounding tech must improve as well. If our cellphones get better and more people use them, the technology around the house and city has to improve as well. This is the reason why we have items such as Alexa, electrical scooters you pay for with your phone, WiFi at all types of locations, etc. This video is all about the inventions of having WiFi in plant pots! Definitely a very creative invention and could be very useful to all citizens and can easily be concealed in a small pot! This Spanish company wondered if plants could be used for solar panels and electricity due to the abundance of plants. They thought they could benefit us with technology as well! They came up with this WiFi plant box that when you set your phone next to it, it gives you WiFi, the main attraction here is that is concealed in a small flower pot. This would look great around the room and you don’t have to have a big cable box supplying wife but a small pot that blends in with the room! Pablo Vidarte is the 22-year-old man behind this creation and is trying to change the world! The planet giving the people signs that we are causing damage to it is what made Pablo start on this journey. From the climate change to the increasing pollution levels Pablo wanted to make a change! They are able to get electricity from plants because of the substances that are created by the plant after photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process used by plants that converts sunlight to chemical energy later used to fuel the activities of the plant! They can break down these substances and get electrons from them thus creating the electricity. Obviously, they can’t control some factors in nature such as cloudy days or raining or windy, but they are progressing. This system can clean the air and can change carbon dioxide levels very much. Their plan is to have panels that can sustain whole families! They have projects going on around the world and are working with companies to apply their new technology in many different avenues! From the lights in parks or on the roads, being used in smart cities, this team is definitely trying to help out the world and environment! Hopefully, Pablo says that with the direction they are headed in, forests around the world can act as power plants , but instead of destroying the environment, they will be helping it! This project will take a lot more people to come on board so they can have a big impact. It will take everyone’s effort to get the environment back on track. Pablo is very hopeful this can happen, he is definitely a very ambitious man!

Wearables ep.1: The cyber-woman3m04s

Wearables ep.1: The cyber-woman

Following an accident that led to extreme nerve damage in her hand, this Russian woman developed a glove to help treat her injury. What started as a small-scale project grew to become a 'cyber suit', with life-changing potential.

Researchers On A Quest To Track Endangered Snow Leopards4m06s

Researchers On A Quest To Track Endangered Snow Leopards

This is a perfect video for animal lovers and seeing them in their natural habitat. Especially ones that are endangered or the last of their kind in a certain area. This video follows a group of researchers that are tracking the last 12 snow leopards in the region. We take a hike across the mountains on the Russian-Mongolian border, following a group of researchers who are tracking the movements of the last twelve snow leopards in the region. Footage takes place in the Russian-Mongolian border and the team navigates the woods and snow to see these leopards. There are actually only about 8000 snow leopards left in the world and they look like amazing creatures! It is very interesting to see their group tactics and pure love for these leopards! Simply amazing! The team is in Buryatia, Russia a southern area of the country just north of Mongolia and the team is tracking down snow leopards. The group is a big advocate of the preservation of these leopards and definitely dislike the people who hunt these beautiful creatures. Anton Tsatska, the 25-year-old man in charge of this group, is very appreciative and loves snow leopards! He has an extensive background with wildlife as he used to hunt and hike as a child with his father. They would collect berries and mushrooms in the wild and he loved to go fishing with his father. This is someone who definitely feels at home when he is hiking and living in the wild! Tsatska claims that the hunting of these, now endangered, snow leopards began in the 1980s. These hunters would hunt down these leopards and sell off their fur and organs. This is a similar situation with what is happening with elephants and whales where poachers attack and sell off organs or ivory. It is very sad when animals are being attacked in their own home to be sold off for some money. The fur and organs can actually be found in museums and it is unfortunately what happened to the animal for it to be put on display for people. According to team’s research there are about 12 snow leopards in the mountains they are exploring! A normal day for the team involves waking up in their campsite and making food to get ready for their day’s long journey! After all, breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day! They start by surveying the area for leopards whether it is feces, tracks, left over food, etc. After all that they log all their data into a GPS device so they can pinpoint their locations and see their travel patterns and they even collect DNA from these findings. They leave cameras in these areas so if they come back to sleep or rest in the same spot they can see what the leopards are up to! Tsatska says they observe them as a pack to see how they move as a group and to see how they act with their environment around them! Tsatska has a true love for these animals and really enjoys learning even the smallest amount of detail about these leopards. It is great someone so passionate really cares about the well-being of these endangered animals !

Useful App That Fights Against Corruption3m30s

Useful App That Fights Against Corruption

This app, awarded by Google as part of the Global Impact Challenge, is empowering young generations by helping prevent corruption. Check it out! How often do you see new buildings or structures under construction in your neighborhood? Often times it feels like this building process is going on forever and never seems to come to an ending. Usually before cities start these big projects, they give an estimated finish date that is usually always wrong and usually very far off than the actual finishing date. Most people wish there was some way to hold these workers and the city accountable for the never-ending construction. This video discusses a Brazilian app that is used for tracking the progress of city buildings and lets the city know about its progress. It sounds like a great idea and it’s definitely beneficial to the people of the city! This app called “Ta de Pe” by Transparency Brazil allows the user to take pictures of buildings that are under construction and send them to track the progress. In the video users are taking pictures of an under-construction kindergarten building. The app will recognize the area and the building you are taking a picture of and will then give the information about the deadline and tracks to see if it is reaching the set goals. You can even leave comments on the pictures you sent! This seems like such a useful app! The photos are then sent to Transparency Brazil, and with this information they decide whether their building is behind scheduled or on schedule. With this information they can change the deadline, work more diligently, or change the way they construct the building. You can see in the video that all ages are using this app to make sure their city buildings are actually built on schedule. Most of these buildings seem to be kindergartens and schools, so it is amazing to see kids being proactive about the buildings. Since young adults always have their phones on them it is very convenient to be walking by a building and take a quick picture. The kids claim it is extremely easy to use which is very important! The company that runs the app , Transparency Brazil, is an organization that has been around for 17 years and fights against corruption in Brazil. They created this app because of all the money that was being invested into schools but there were few buildings to show for all the money that was being invested. This app is giving more power to the people of the society, which is exactly how it should be! It makes the people actually feel like they have a voice and a say in what happens in their city. Transparency Brazil actually joined Google’s Social challenge in 2016, a challenge to impact society. This app definitely seems to do that in a big way! Apparently, they got a lot of backing from Google, who really enjoyed their idea and their plan for change. They have partnered with a sector of their government which will help keep the information flowing. This is such a great idea and it should be implemented in many different societies around the world! Great job Transparency Brazil!