Nodle to airdrop exclusive AI generated NFTs, based on a secret artist’s work, to reward 10,000 wallets that commit the highest amount of DOTs to their Polkadot Parachain Crowdloan.
San Francisco, December 10, 2021 — Nodle, one of the world’s largest decentralized wireless (DeWi) ecosystems, today announced an exclusive collaboration to create 10,000 AI-generated NFTs inspired by the Matrix film’s blue and red pill. These NFTs are a reward to the 10,000 highest contributors that commit their Polkadot DOTs for Nodle’s parachain slot auction and crowdloan, starting on December 10th. The original art was created by a contemporary painter with a long history of exploring technology. Specifically, the artist investigates humanity’s relationship with machines, refining this viewpoint through artist residencies at top robotics companies and Fortune 50 technology firms. Their art was then transferred to leading artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Romain Paulus, who put the works through automated algorithms to create 10,000 unique, finished pieces. To partake in Nodle’s decentralization vision and potentially receive an exclusive NFT, click here: parachain.nodle.com
“My paintings blur the analog and mechanical reality we exist in by employing fine art painting to express contemporary muses: technology, robotics, and human’s coexistence with an increasingly automated society,” said the mystery artist, a NYC-based painter. “Like any of my mechanized stimuli, the Matrix changed how I look at computerized aesthetics existing in the world. Infusing in these visual cues with Nodle’s determination to decentralize Web 3.0 ownership, obtaining optical randomness at the behest of artificial intelligence, and then minting an art series via NFT mechanisms exemplifies the kind of ecotonal exploration that fuels my work.”
While the painter’s art formed the style for the NFTs, AI researcher and artist Romain Paulus put the visuals through multiple treatments—including proprietary algorithms and code structure—to mint 10,000 fully distinct finished works. Starting with base images: red and blue pills as well as Web 3.0 words. Paulus then processed these elements through an automated script which combines rule-based manual transfers and AI styling. The first AI style transfer created distinct positioning of the base images, and was used a second time to infuse textural components from the artist’s work. After going through more pretrained models, Paulus then used his own code to fine-tune the final image colors and details before minting an NFT. “In the spirit of our artists ‘man-meets-machine-muse,’ I worked beyond fully automated style transfer and included manual process throughout so the artist’s hand still dictated the final output,” said Paulus. “While laborious, these added steps created artistic refinement and directed the AI to stay within the realm of the desired results.”
“Web 3.0’s decentralization will empower the next generation of creators to take artistic expression to new heights, and that’s why we engaged in creating these NFTs,” said Nodle CEO and Founder Micha Benoliel. “Acknowledging those who pledge their DOTs for our crowdloan with unique NFTs is a way for Nodle to say thank you to the community that supports us and making a choice for decentralization”
Nodle is a decentralized IoT (Internet of Things) network on Polkadot providing secure, low-cost connectivity, and data liquidity to connect billions of IoT devices worldwide. The Nodle network is powered by millions of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones that earn Nodle Cash (NODL). Nodle’s powerful IoT stack allows multiple uses including connecting and securing physical assets, tracking lost or valuable items, capturing sensor data, and authenticating security certificates. Nodle provides insights for consumer electronics manufacturers, enterprises, smart cities, the finance industry and more. Since its creation in 2017, Nodle has become one of the world’s largest wireless networks by number of base stations. Join #TheCitizenNetwork by downloading the Nodle Cash app for iOS or Android.
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About Nodle’s Parachain Auction
When anyone contributes to the Nodle parachain crowdloan by locking their Polkadot tokens (DOT), they will receive NODL rewards from an allocated pool of 850 million NODL — that’s 23% of the total Nodle reserves or 10% of Nodle Mainnet. To receive all of the details and participate, visit Nodle’s Parachain webpage here: https://parachain.nodle.com
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