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WELCOME TO THE LYDION MAGAZINE

The Lydion Magazine launched in 2021 to its audience of over 20,000 readers who are curious about how the combined power of distributed computing and digital assets are tackling the world’s “Big Problems.” With each edition of the Magazine, we seek to bring you stories from a variety of voices, technical and non-technical, with expertise in their fields and a knack for explaining complex topics to a broad audience. We want our readers to feel more informed, to have their imaginations sparked, and to renew (or rediscover) their sense of scientific curiosity.

We believe that topics at the bleeding edge of new technology—Web3, digital assets, data economics, blockchain, distributed computing, artificial intelligence—don’t need to be mysterious to be exciting. We’ll commit to being good storytellers if you’ll bring your inquisitiveness and your receptivity to new scientific possibilities.

- The Lydion Magazine’s Editors

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Featured Edition

Life, Death, and Data

The health care industry is undergoing a data revolution, and at the center of this change are patients. From electronic health records to next-generation genomic sequencing, the amount of data being collected about our health is unprecedented. Who owns this data, and how do patients ensure that it is being used ethically, responsibly, and fairly? Who benefits? In this special edition of The Lydion Magazine, we explore the impact of patient data and consider the opportunities to better harness its power and value for the benefit of patients and their health outcomes.

The Patient From Hell

The Patient From Hell

The 21st Century Cures Act gives patients free, digital access to their data, but even recently, this wasn’t the case. Sometimes, you have to embrace being the “Patient from Hell”, advocating for yourself, demanding your data.

The Future of Health Data is Banking

The Future of Health Data is Banking

We can use today’s technologies to protect, secure, and trade health data like the valuable asset it is, turning to the finance sector’s blueprints for banks. If data is money, why aren’t we treating it that way?

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Featured Edition

The World is a Playground

Gaming is the fastest growing sector of the entertainment industry, with revenue projected to hit $300B by the end of 2022. This rapid expansion is forcing the industry away from a top-down paradigm where studios decide what to produce, build, and ship. Yet, rather than accepting this natural evolution of the industry, studios are fighting it, creating confusion and division that alienates their consumer base.

Gamers are asserting their independence by harnessing open source #technologies, improved internet access, and widespread coding literacy to build their own playgrounds. But, there is room for everyone! How would the gaming & entertainment landscape change if players could own the assets they earn, build, and improve?

In this five-part edition of The Lydion Magazine, we share stories from the front lines of the gaming industry. Join us in an action-packed investigation into the opportunities and pain points of the future of entertainment: The World is a Playground.

From Games to Entertainment: The New Entertainers

From Games to Entertainment: The New Entertainers

Twitch averaged 2.78 million concurrent viewers in 2021, making it one of the most trafficked sites on the internet. Once targeted at hard-core gamers, game streaming platforms have evolved into major mainstream media outlets that scratch a universal itch for connection. This story from Popularium co-founder Jonathan Bankard examines the past, present, and future trajectory of the entertainment industry’s fastest growing frontier.

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Theme Edition

Data Ownership

Web 2.0 took the internet from “read only” to “read and write”. We’re now in a world that moves beyond this paradigm to “read, write, own”—the promise of Web3. Ownership is more than mere possession—it coneys the ability to use, utilize, and derive value, and to keep others from using the same item.

To truly own data means that the owner holds the keys. Ownership means that when the data has special value, either intrinsically or based on the insights it can generate, such value is captured primarily by the owner, and not by a third party.

Businesses that have profited from aggregation of consumer data should look for the many new opportunities enabled by greater democratization of data ownership. Data economic networks can connect data generators, no matter how small, with large enterprises that want to incentivize such data generation. These enterprises can benefit from insights only findable across a collective. Such networks can remove hurdles to scalability, or eliminate expensive middlemen.

Data ownership unlocks data utility. New technologies unlock true data ownership. What resulting data economies can we imagine?

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