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Who knew at the beginning of the year that most of us would be sitting and working from home? And though some of us were familiar with remote work or planned home office days regularly, many entered a whole new aspect of work. If you ask me, I think many companies will allow more of their employees to work from home more often, as they see that there is no lack in work ethics or quality – remote workers even tend to be more productive, as they can schedule their time more flexible. But where there is light, there is also darkness: As more people start working from home, cybercriminals see increasing chances in stealing our data. Therefore, it is important to not forget that you are also handling important and critical information at the home office. But how can we manage to work efficiently and at the same time stay safe online? We at Tomorrow Unlocked got you covered!
What We Love About Remote Work
It is no longer a secret that people are more productive when working at home. A huge benefit of remote work is that it may decrease physical and mental health issues, because work-related stress such as commuting is reduced, and people can find jobs in different areas, even when living in economically disadvantaged regions or countries. It could also be a great driver of helping young mothers or fathers who need to work from home in order to take care of their kids. Remote work opens up so many opportunities for professionals all over the world and gives them huge flexibility to build their work around their personal life and not the other way around.
Remote Work: Trends and Technology
To be able to work remotely you need to have the appropriate devices. You cannot work outside your home office if you only have a desktop pc or take a call from your boss if you have no landline or mobile connection at your location. Most of the time
s your company will provide you with the mobile devices you need: laptop, smartphone, smartwatch or tablet. Some companies allow you to work with your own private devices which is called "BYOD" and stands for "Bring Your Own Devices" (not to be mistaken with BYOB), which is ideal and employer- friendly, as you can choose those devices you like to work with depending on your situation.
Cloud software is one of the most important topics when working remote. You need to be able to share your data with your team fast and connect with them even faster, and the more you work at home the more you will enjoy working with collaboration software like Microsoft Teams or Slack.
Risks of Remote Work
The more we work from home the more cyber
Safe Remote Work
As bad as the risks sound there are easy ways you can keep your data secure:
- Avoid any suspicious links or applications if you don't know the source
- Always keep your software up-to-date and switch on your firewall
- Stay alert online! Read links and service agreements carefully and only use certified and secure programs or websites: e.g. do not put in your login data if it clearly says facebokk.com in the URL, please…
- Switch on password protection and use Face ID or Touch ID
- Encrypt your devices
- Make backups on a regular basis
- Install and turn on tracking applications for your devices: e.g. find my iPhone
- Enable remote access to your devices
- Educate yourself to stay up to date and aware of current threats
Ultra-fast gaming and the sports of tomorrow, with Break the Record's Fredrik Lidholt
Completing a game more quickly than opponents is the goal of the esport of speedrunning. It could be Super Mario, Doom or any other game. This week we'll see which elite players can break the speed record playing Minecraft.
Speed is the name of the game
The Break the Record Live Series is a live-streamed event where elite gamers compete to be the fastest ever player. Next week, they'll try to break the Minecraft speed-playing record. The brains behind Break the Record, Fredrik Lidholt (aka Edenal) chats about the future of esports with Marco Preuss and Rainer Bock in the latest episode of Unlocked.
Find out more about next week's Minecraft event here!
Intro to cryptoart and non-fungible tokens (NFTS)
A non-fungible token (NFT) of digital kitten art sold for 170,000 US dollars. These tokens could change how we buy, sell and own digital media. What are they, and could they build a new creative economy? To start, check out the video above from CNBC!
Is this the art of true ownership in the digital age?
Most of us can make a GIF, take a picture or record a clip, but what if you could sell those and other digital media for hundreds of thousands of dollars? With the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), pictures, short clips of comedians, GIFs and every other form of digital art is now being tokenized and sold just like a physical painting.
What is an NFT?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a digital certificate of ownership of a piece of digital information that can be bought and sold. It works the same way as cryptocurrency: Secure transactions made between two parties recorded permanently through blockchain. The difference is, with bitcoin – a popular cryptocurrency using blockchain – you can trade one coin for the other and it has the same value, but NFTs are one-of-a-kind. Each NFT is unique and can have a different value.
You can make NFTs of almost anything digital, but the big news is they're starting to be used to buy and sell digital art, known as cryptoart.
Why NFTs can benefit digital artists and art buyers
Uniqueness has always been central to the art market. Digital art is hard to sell, and for buyers, hard to 'own' because of the potential for an infinite number of copies. NFTs could solve that problem.
For creators, NFTs are super trendy and therefore add to your enigmatic status, and they have a handy sell-on feature. If you sell a GIF using NFTs, you get a percentage every time the NFT is sold to a new buyer. Imagine Van Gogh selling a painting, then getting a slice of every resale, forever.
And if you're a buyer, you have a concrete claim of owning a piece of digital art. And speaking of buying, you might want to see this.
A world gone mad for NFTs
The best way to understand the NFT market explosion is to see some pieces that have fetched crazy sums. Brace yourself.
This Nyan Cat GIF sold for almost $600,000 US dollars.
Grimes - The NFT goldrush continues
This 50-second video by Grimes sold for almost $390,000.
Watch the video here.
Beeple - Authenticated by blockchain
This video by Beeple sold for $6.6 million.
Watch the video here.
Crypto financial and environmental impacts
Many financial experts have warned that this could be an investment bubble that, if it bursts, could mean big losses.And while NFTs are making the digital art world fairer, they come with a warning. The sale of a crypto art piece can use the same amount of energy in one transaction as an art studio uses in two years.
How artists can benefit
If you're an aspiring or established artist or content creator, no promises, but this could be big for you. First, prepare your work ready, whether it's a GIF, picture or video. Then, when you're happy with it, start on NIfty Gateway. On Nifty Gateway, you can apply to create a project for them to sell.