Culture DAO launches social token $ CULTUR at Virtual Beings Summit
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The Virtual Beings Summit online event is a place where real people talk about fake people. That is, they are part of a society that tries to create virtual beings – characters with AI brains who behave as if they are real.
And this year, blockchain culture has taken over the event. Culture DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) launches its social token, called $ CULTUR, during the event. And it can spark as much discussion as the Virtual Beings Summit itself (the event takes place today and tomorrow). Social tokens take advantage of blockchain, the transparent and secure digital ledger behind cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). I should take a break and explain some things. DAOs are like companies without leaders. This is a group of people who come together on a project and take ownership of it by controlling tokens. Creators get so many tokens. But the same goes for fans, investors, and others who acquire tokens. And everyone can influence the fate of the project. Edward Saatchi, organizer of the Virtual Beings Summit, believes these types of blockchain-inspired concepts will be closely linked to the success of virtual beings. A DAO, for example, could create a character as complex as Hamlet and rule the life of that virtual being, or they could collectively figure out how to create the next Pixar.
As it turns out, the theme for the summit this year is Web3 / Crypto and Virtual Beings. It brings together startups for the first time through Web3, the decentralized metaverse, AI, virtual influencers, intelligent NFTs and digital identity. This is the brainchild of Saatchi, CEO of virtual beings company Fable Studio, and his friends Jenil Thakker from Coinvise and Anna Nevison.
If you get any of these CULTUR $ tokens, you are part of the Culture Guild, which is all about virtual beings, avatars, and the identity of the metaverse. The hope is that $ CULTUR can be mutually incentivized financially to help the industry as a whole, and all token holders will be able to vote on what to do with a treasure trove of millions of $ CULTUR tokens.
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A Pixar Web 3
Imagine a Web3 Pixar – decentralized, without a visionary creative director, tech stack, or CEO, and focused not only on movies, but on the metaverse, AI, and resonant characters who can live beyond any medium – virtual beings .
This guild believes that the resonant characters of the future are not built by centralized studios but by innovative technologists and artists – and fans involved in co-creating the story of the NFT character they buy.
The Guild of Culture is modeled on the Renaissance guilds (Van Eyck, Caravaggio, Vermeer and their workshops), redesigned for the era of the metaverse. The Renaissance portrait guilds of Caravaggio, Van Eyck and Vermeer provided a means for the fledgling and fledgling business class to announce their arrival in civil society.
The Culture Guild is all about the vivid digital portraits that the burgeoning metaverse class will use to advertise themselves and find community in digital societies. The role of the Culture Guild is to create and innovate around virtual beings and this metaverse transition.
$ CULTUR feeds the metaverse artists, technicians and evangelists guild. Shared financial incentives promoting innovation within the space of the avatar and the virtual being; and creating new opportunities for more people to participate in the emerging metaverse and Web 3 economy. It will be full of people who want to build virtual beings and the economy that goes with it, Saatchi said.
The Summit of Virtual Beings
I will be one of the speakers at this very strange event. I spoke about virtual beings during a session with Saatchi while we were controlling avatars in the world of Decentraland. As you can see in the video, many other people also made their speech in virtual worlds using virtual characters.
Speakers include Jeff Zirlin, co-founder of Axie Infinity creator Sky Mavis; Sébastien Borget, co-founder of the Sandbox; Eugenia Kuyda, founder of Réplika; Amy Wu, Lightspeed Venture Partners; Benoit Pagotto of RTFKT; Alex Zhang of Friends with Benefits DAO; Mickey Maher from Flow / Dapper Labs; Izzy Pollak of the geniuses; Jacob Navok, CEO of Genvid; Arif Khan, CEO of Alethea AI; Lucas Matney of TechCrunch; and Tom Sanocki of Roblox.
Participants can buy tickets for the summit in fiat but also in cryptocurrency specifically with the social token $ CULTUR. Holders of at least $ 10 CULTUR can connect their wallet to participate, receive an exclusive negotiable NFT for participation, chat with participants on Discord, and become a member of Culture DAO for Season 1 (through January).
Membership in Culture DAO and Discord is normally $ 25 CULTUR ($ 1 CULTUR can be exchanged for ETH at a rate of around $ 25 at the time of writing) alongside an application process; Membership gives access to a tokenized Discord with other founders, engineers, academics, artists through the Virtual Beings space as well as the possibility of winning through bounty hunting (theculturedao.com/bounties).
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