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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Latin America's Crypto Industry Surges: A Comprehensive Report by University of Cambridge and Inter American Development Bank

The bear market may have primarily struck the global north, but a recent joint report by the University of Cambridge and the Inter American Development Bank reveals that the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC) has experienced significant growth in the crypto industry. The report, titled "Cryptoasset Ecosystem in Latin America and the Caribbean," analyzed data from the Cambridge Fintech Ecosystem Atlas and surveyed 80 private enterprises and public sector institutions between June and August 2021. Here are the key findings from the report:

  • The crypto industry in the LAC region has more than doubled since 2016, with a total of 175 companies in 2022, of which 100 were headquartered or incorporated in LAC.
  • While speculation was the primary motivation for investors before 2020, the report reveals that hedging from inflation and devaluation has now become the most important reason to purchase crypto in the region. Remittances and cross-border payments also ranked high as driving factors.
  • Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico are leading the way in terms of hosting the largest number of crypto companies in the region. Brazil, in particular, has a significant presence in all three main market segments, including exchanges, digital payment companies, and crypto custody solutions.
  • Regulation is considered a major hindrance to the development of the crypto industry in the region, according to the report. Respondents believe that the lack of clear regulations limits access to crypto for the masses.
  • Despite the challenges, industry experts remain optimistic about the growth and potential of the crypto industry in Latin America. AndrĂ©s Junge, co-founder of crypto compliance company Notabene, believes that there is a wealth of talent and excitement in the region's crypto communities. Romina Sejas, an organizer of ETHLatam and ETHKipu, echoes this sentiment and highlights the push to professionalize the industry and expand beyond its niche.
  • The report also notes that the crypto winter is ongoing, with few new companies entering the market. However, there is increasing interest from traditional financial institutions looking to enter the crypto space.

Overall, while the Latin American and Caribbean region may still face challenges in terms of regulation and market growth, there is a sense of optimism and potential for the crypto industry. The region's unique characteristics and emerging status present an opportunity for it to serve as a stress test before going global.

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