26 May 2023

Hi NUMBERS, This is Tammy writing the summary letter on the last Friday of the month. Glad to share the updates on product development, marketing, and our ongoing commitment to authenticity, traceability, and trust in digital media with all of you.

We're nearing the launch of the beta version of our Capture Dashboard. This user-friendly platform will allow creators to manage their Captures right from their desktops, promising enhanced control over digital assets. If you're interested in being among the first to explore these updates, definitely join as a beta user here!

There are also significant enhancements have been made to our Asset Profile for a clearer presentation of asset provenance details from the assetTree. The performance is improved, and now users can see the AI model information in the provenance area to easily tell if the source of the photo is AI or human. If you are interested, check out the example here. As we strive to be the world's first and only blockchain explorer designed for digital media, we will continue to refine and improve the tool.

I am also proud to share the onboarding of two Feature Creators. Koen Van Damme, an esteemed architectural photographer, and Autumn Rowe, Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter, have joined us. This represents Numbers' embrace of diverse art forms and keeps our commitment to digital provenance.

The market changes extremely fast, especially in recent months. With the expansion of generative AI, the necessity to guarantee the authenticity and traceability of created content has become paramount. Regulatory bodies around the world are scrutinizing the potential implications of generative AI on data protection and privacy. The EU is in the process of drafting the AI Act, the US has published a "Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights" and announced forthcoming regulations on automated decision-making under the CPRA.

Provenance is the key to building the future of digital media integrated with AI and tech giants are partaking in the provenance race. The absence of proper provenance not only undermines public trust but also incurs economic losses. A recent incident where an AI-generated image of an explosion at the US Pentagon was falsely reported as real, resulted in the S&P 500 plummeting 30 points within minutes. AI offers numerous societal benefits and its growth has just begun. While we can all acknowledge its potential, it's important to recognize the accompanying risks. Without appropriate traceability and transparency, the repercussions could be severe. Google has declared its intention to provide meta information from its Google Image Search to counter misinformation and assist users in distinguishing AI-generated content from genuine human creations. Adobe has been dedicated to this cause for years with its Adobe Content Authenticity Project, a comprehensive system for content attribution. Not only Google and Adobe but Intel, Microsoft and many major global corporations are adding provenance to their strategic systems. Recent developments such as BBC displaying the provenance of digital content used in news highlight the relevance of our collaboration with Reuters for archiving the 2020 US presidential election.

Numbers Protocol is the only open-source solution backed by blockchain technology and is actively contributing to the development of the open standard of digital media provenance. I want to call out the support from the community to actively support and promote the core value of provenance together with us. As it plays a crucial role in establishing trust and transparency in the digital landscape.

Same as every weekend, the team will take some rest with a slower response. Our dear moderators will keep supporting you, and the team will be well-prepared for the new week.

Cheers & Have a nice weekend, Tammy

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