Frequently asked questions
What is Fetch.ai?
Fetch.ai is a decentralized digital world in which useful economic activity can take place. This activity is performed by digital entities that we call Autonomous Economic Agents (AEAs). AEAs can work alone, together, serially or in parallel, and they can represent humans, services, themselves, data and more. AEAs connect to the world through our Open Economic Framework (OEF) which acts as an agent’s senses. The OEF presents a highly tailored world to each individual agent, one that is adapted specifically for it. Underpinning this is the Fetch.ai smart ledger which provides the network’s integrity and delivers consensus through useful proof of work. Fetch.ai is developing the OEF and smart ledger to enable everyone to develop agents. We like to think of Fetch.AI as the ultimate dating system for value providers and those that want that value: connect, and the smart ledger through the OEF will ensure that what you see is precisely what you need to see in order to do business.
Did Fetch.ai hold a public token sale?
Yes, Fetch.ai held a public token sale on Binance Launchpad on 25 February 2019. Due to overwhelming public demand, $6m was raised in just 22 seconds. Following the sale, we are focussing our efforts to continue releasing more innovative technology over the coming weeks and months.
What is the token ticker?
Where can I find out more information about token metrics?
Where is your whitepaper?
Is there a roadmap?
Read this blog post for a detailed look of our plan for the months ahead.
Do you have a working prototype?
Yes, on 19 December 2019 we launched the Fetch.ai mainnet. This is the culmination of more than two years of work from our world class team. Following this landmark achievement, FET tokens can now be used to get work done on the network. Using FET as the fuel, autonomous agents, the smart ledger, synergetic and AI-powered smart contracts are now a reality. This is incredibly exciting as developers and commercial businesses are now able to work on our unique platform to build applications. Learn more about the technology.
Is Fetch.ai an open source project?
Yes. All of Fetch.ai’s decentralized technology will be released open source. You can explore the code for yourself by visiting our GitHub repository.
Is it a blockchain?
The Fetch.ai Smart Ledger is an entirely new ledger technology that provides the scalability necessary to support millions of transactions per second. We are also developing infrastructure that supports a decentralized digital world and provides a platform for machine learning to deliver accurate predictions to the marketplace. Our technical whitepaper, provides information on the ledger structure and how it functions and further details can be found in our publication outlining the Design of a Scalable Distributed Ledger.
Is Fetch.ai a permissioned or permissionless system?
Fetch.ai is developing an unpermissioned ledger system. However, we also envisage operating the ledger in permissioned environments, such as healthcare and IoT settings, to facilitate the bottom-up deployment of autonomous agents. These could be used, for example, to improve medical diagnoses by linking together information from multiple separate data sources, whilst maintaining the privacy of the underlying data.
What is Useful Proof of Work?
Useful Proof of Work (µPoW™) is a mechanism for reaching consensus in the network by performing computation that delivers results that are useful either to the network itself or to individual users of the network. It reclaims this processing power to deliver a decentralized super-computer that provides trust information, the prediction model and the ability to perform public and private distributed computing, allocating computational work according to capacity. Such work is delivered as packages that can be broken down and distributed across the network’s nodes for execution, with the cost of verifying that the work was done being trivial in comparison to the cost of doing the work itself. Fetch.ai have built a unique consensus system to store the results of µPoW™ and a high-performance, machine-learning oriented virtual machine to perform the computing itself.
What is real, and unreal estate?
The Fetch.ai world is what we’d describe as “loosely tied” to reality: it exists as space, you can position yourself in it, and the concepts of range and direction apply as you would imagine them to. You can, for example, position yourself around London and look towards Cambridge and generally see things (and by things, I mean autonomous economic agents) that are in that direction. However, precisely what you see and exactly where it is positioned varies according to its relevance to you at this time as determined by the network’s collective intelligence. This ability to have a dynamic, somewhat abstract representation of reality where you may be viewed as being in many places depending on your importance to each of your observers, is what we call unreal estate: a representation of the world tailored for you, right now.
Where can I view the team?
What was your CEO’s involvement with DeepMind?
Humayun’s involvement was to investigate commercial applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to modelling commodity markets. He did not have a title and was not part of the technical team, but played a role in the initial commercialization strategy for the technology on the basis of his background in commodity trading and deployment of trading algorithms. Over the past four years he has been working to implement predictive analytics in the transport and supply chain sectors.
What was your CTO’s role at DeepMind?
Toby was at DeepMind from 2011 to 2013 and his job title was ‘Head of Software Design’. After 2013 he stayed on as a consultant for a while. The details are available on his LinkedIn profile. His primary influence from an AI/software perspective, though, was from the management and direction of the Creatures series of games in the second half of the 1990s. He learnt how metaphors and other inspiration from nature could be used to manage software complexity and generate general purpose AIs that could evolve to better meet the challenges of the environment that they inhabit. He went on to create a biologically inspired MMOG engine where tens of thousands of autonomous agents interacted with each other to allow rich, complex worlds to merge that could adapt to the needs of their users. This philosophy is a key component of our vision for Fetch.ai.
Which projects do you consider to be competitors or to be working in the same space as Fetch.ai?
We don’t believe there is currently a scalable smart ledger project which allows virtual worlds to be deployed and prediction models to be built.
An incomplete list of projects that operate in a similar space, and that could complement or compete with Fetch.ai is shown below:
- Hashgraph (lacks an inherent intelligence built into the ledger)
- IOTA (IoT data exchange but no intelligence)
- Ocean Protocol (a marketplace for data and algorithms)
- SingularityNet (AGI deployment claims but not really sure how)
- Satori (platform on hashgraph ledger/protocol which does not inherently include any intelligence features)
- Neurochain — we do not have enough information to draw a conclusion at this stage, but we watch it with interest.
Our approach is to build our framework on top of our own ‘Smart Ledger’ from the bottom up, with intelligence built into it from the start, and with the tools to create and refine a collective intelligence, and deliver it to all of its users. The autonomous agents that live in the Fetch.ai digital world are able to adapt dynamically to deliver or receive value . For more details about our unique network, please read our technical introduction.
Who are Fetch.ai's partners?
Fetch.ai is working with a growing number of partners. We are excited to announce agreements with several more in the coming months, but the ones we have discussed publicly include:
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.
Decentralized metal exchange consortium: In October 2019 we announced a partnership with Turkish steelmakers including Baştuğ Metallurgy to develop the first AI-powered decentralized metals exchange and recorded the historic first trade on the exchange. The project received an additional boost when we announced a partnership with Grey Swan Digital a few weeks later. Fetch.ai and Grey Swan Digital will integrate their platforms in order to offer Smart Market Making and Smart Margin Lending.
Cambridge University: In December 2019 we announced a partnership with Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing to develop supply chain use cases with AI multi-agent systems and our next-generation blockchain.
Ankr: The partnership, agreed in December 2019, will see Fetch.ai further grows its network. Ankr will provide a node hosting application which enables users to run Fetch.ai master nodes.
Who does Fetch.ai have on board as advisors?
Fetch.ai benefits from the assistance of several advisors from a wide range of sectors. To learn more about these individuals, please visit our website.
What media attention have you received?
As our project has developed, we have received coverage from a range of publications. This includes two Gartner industry reports. The first, Hype Cycle for Blockchain Business, recognized Fetch.ai as a sample vendor in strategic tokenization. In the second report, titled Seize the Technology Advantage With Combinatorial Digital Innovation, Gartner described the unique benefits provided by our network.
A few other selected articles are listed below:
Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab (The Guardian)
New ways to trade data (The Economist)
When was Fetch.ai founded?
Fetch.ai was founded in early 2017, following a merger of two independent companies, itzMe.AI and uVue. itzMe.AI was operating in the field of social networks while uVue was involved in developing control systems for autonomous vehicles.
Cool, how do I get involved?
We have a community page where you can access our smart ledger and learn how to build autonomous agents. To find out what we’re working on, you can visit our Medium page and our blog. For our latest updates, please join us on social media:
If you’re interested in working with us, please visit our careers page, where we have a number of opportunities available.