It all started in Zurich in March 2018 with this video and our technical introduction paper. Since then, we’ve featured in 530 articles, spoken at 28 conferences and hosted six meetups around the world. In this time the number of followers we have on Twitter has grown to more than 7,000, and our English and Chinese Telegram channels have a combined total of more than 20,000 people.
It has been wonderful to see the Fetch.AI community grow. International media coverage has outlined our ambitions to create an economic Internet: where digital entities (which we call Autonomous Economic Agents) that represent all the component parts of the economy, can get things done for you, without human intervention. This endless population of agents can solve complex problems on your behalf, delivering real solutions directly to you whilst protecting your privacy. It’s all about making your life easier – taking today’s complex digital world and making it work for you, not against you. As we mark a year since the company came out of stealth mode, we wanted to reflect on the progress we have made and the media attention we have received in the process. Our technology has the potential to revolutionise a wide range of industries, and, as you’d expect, the coverage reflects this. We’ve had coverage in areas such as machine learning, the wider artificial intelligence space, data security, privacy, consensus, decentralised networks and commercial applications such as travel, hospitality, healthcare and much, much more.
Early on, we met with the team at The Economist to introduce them to the concept of the Fetch.AI network. We explained how our technology will transform the data marketplace and simplify the process of exchanging data.
In May, TechCrunch was one of a number of publications that reported we had joined the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI). Alongside BMW, Ford, Accenture and many others, we are committed to making travel safer and more accessible using blockchain technology.
Our interview with The Telegraph in August looked at our ambition to democratise AI. The interview with chief executive Humayun Sheikh covered everything from potential use cases to the need to decentralise technology to increase global implementation.
In December, Business Weekly, the Cambridge business publication, announced our founding membership of Blockchain for Europe, alongside EMURGO, NEM, and Ripple. We’re proud to work with these organisations to help shape European policy on emerging technology.
At the turn of the year, we featured in The Guardian where our decentralised approach to data privacy was compared and contrasted with the present dominance of the technology giants. Currently, we are expected to surrender our data for the benefit of major corporations, but Fetch.AI empowers individuals to own their data so they have the ability to decide whether they want to share it, and if so, in what way.
We are developing our technology with the machine-to-machine economy in mind. Our feature in IoT Now explained how deploying Fetch.AI autonomous agents in machines would help machines to communicate, enabling them to operate more effectively and efficiently. In a separate article, we also discussed how the utilisation of Fetch.AI agents would radically improve the rail network.
At the start of February, Blockchain News announced we had joined the Trusted IoT Alliance. TIoTA was founded to support the creation of a secure, scalable and interoperable IoT ecosystem and includes major corporations such as Bosch, Cisco and Siemens among its members.
We are extremely proud to have been featured in Forbes twice over the past six months. As well as being included in an article about our work in the convergence of blockchain and AI, the excitement generated by our token sale on Binance Launchpad was also reported by the publication. The coverage demonstrated the growing global interest in our work and helped to extend awareness of our technology across Asia.
During our public token sale on 25 February we raised $6m in just 22 seconds, with orders pledged by nearly 20,000 people. The event was reported by several publications, including Coin Telegraph. Following the success of the sale, the team has been focussed on delivering the technology milestones listed in our roadmap.
2019 will be the year that Fetch.AI’s population of autonomous agents grows, and the community will see the delivery of real applications that you can touch, use and engage with. Our FET wallet and Network Participation App are already live on Google Play Store and the App Store. Last month, our breakthrough solution to the blockchain trilemma was analysed in Blockchain News, while Computing discussed our new decentralised consensus protocol.
We continue to add to our world leading team of experts as we hire the best minds in cryptography, machine learning and AI. This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for further updates as we implement our innovative technology.