DeepBrain Chain ICO Overview
The artificial intelligence industry is set to take off. At the core of the industry are three essential elements that drive development forward: computing power, algorithms and data. As is often the case with technological innovation, scaling these elements to meet the pace of development requires radically lowering costs and increasing efficiency. The cost burden of scaling on small and medium size enterprises in the AI industry can be especially prohibitive toward product development. Machine learning and neural networks require large data sets on which to train; the more data, the more computing resources are needed. Such processes can take weeks or even months due to limits on data quality and processing power, which translate to higher costs for AI companies. Once a neural network is developed, large amounts of processing power are needed again to decode them. Add to these factors the difficulty of accessing high-quality data sets and a picture starts to emerge of how many barriers there are that keep the AI industry from blossoming. The DeepBrain Chain ICO application of blockchain to AI development holds great promise in overcoming those barriers and propelling the industry forward by leaps and bounds.
DeepBrain Chain ICO Value Proposition
The goal of DeepBrain Chain is to provide a more efficient and cost-effective way forward for AI development. Utilizing the blockchain to access computing power, DeepBrain Chain creates a decentralized ecosystem that incentivizes provision of processing power and data sets for a reward. Idle computing nodes can be deployed for use by developers to earn DeepBrain Coin (DBC) in return. The decentralized network drastically reduces costs for developers because there is no need to acquire more hardware to access larger amounts of computing power. It also dramatically increases the scalability of AI development through access to exponentially greater computing power via the blockchain, meeting another fundamental demand of the industry. Lower costs combined with higher processing capabilities will reduce the difficulty faced by many companies with AI use cases for implementing the technology, spurring development and adoption in turn.
DeepBrain Chain ICO Team
CEO Feng He made his foray into the AI industry in 2012, taking charge of developing China’s first voice assistant Smart 360, with tens of millions of users. Since then he has successfully launched another voice assistant product and more recently led the DeepBrain platform.
Chang Shu is an expert in AI development, with an extensive background in big data analysis and computational linguistics. He’s held research positions at the University of Nottingham and National Institute of Informatics in Japan and serves as the CTO for the project.
Chuangfeng Lee also began his experience in the AI industry leading the marketing team for Smart 360, growing the user base to 17 million. He serves as CMO at DeepBrain Chain.
On the blockchain development side, the situation is a bit murkier. From the whitepaper, it’s unclear if Senior Engineer, Lingbing Wang, has any prior blockchain experience under his belt. Jason Yi’s profile references the Bytom chain but his level of involvement is also murky. With the level of DeepBrain Chain’s complexity, it would be more assuring to have a lead development team that’s has stronger traction with blockchain.
DeepBrain Chain ICO Strengths and Opportunities
We think the utility of DBC is a strong point of the project. The token rewards the use of any available processing power, making more efficient use of existing infrastructure on the decentralized network instead of adding more machines at the individual enterprise level. The ability to reduce the overall cost of AI development also lowers the barrier for companies with a use case to integrate the technology, adding further value to the token utility. Within the ecosystem, there is both incentive to mine, reward and accumulate the token. In our view, these are all promising factor that indicate excellent token utility.
Currently, more than 100 corporate clients and 200,000 users are already using the DeepChain platform, including Microsoft, Siemens and Samsung. Building on their current product, the DeepBrain Chain will integrate existing data sets and indigenous AI skill applications into the ecosystem. With a solid user base and successful product already in place, the groundwork has been laid for continuous scaling. Growth projections of the AI industry show in 2018 alone the potential is enormous. The timing for such a product is right on the money.
The strong fundamentals of the DeepBrain Chain ICO have attracted investment from large VC players Gobi Partners and GSR Ventures. The NEO Council has also invested in the project and is actively promoting it as another pioneer of the Smart Economy. The community support for the project is palpable, with lots of buzz on social media and a decent following.
DeepBrain Chain ICO Weaknesses and Threats
The DeepBrain Chain ICO is not alone in their mission to fuse blockchain and AI. SingularityNET is set to dish out some healthy competition, with Chief Humanoid, Sophia Hanson, drawing her fair share of attention. While the projects offer different core value propositions, they are competing as platforms for the trade and exchange of AI data sets, services, algorithms and applications.
The development team lacks the blockchain experience we’d like to see for tackling all of the potential challenges presented by such a complex and innovative project. The lack of a testnet adds more uncertainty to this effect with no indicators to gauge technical progress thus far. External support for blockchain development would warrant more confidence in the eventual on-chain product, which at the time of the ICO still remains speculative. Still, we think with a proven business case, the long-term gains far outweigh the short-term challenges of moving the project on-chain.
The team’s communication with prospective investors in the days leading right up to the DeepBrain Chain ICO has been suboptimal. No team members are available to answer questions in the Telegram group, and confusion over how to participate in the token sale is rampant. Admins of the group simply offer a shared Google doc that mirrors the website exactly in response to questions. Without a voice from the team to address the community directly on fundamentals, the confusion only serves to stifle an otherwise fantastic project. Below is a screenshot from the Telegram group illustrating this point:
The Verdict on the DeepBrain Chain ICO
The project concept is outstanding for the potential it holds to transform the AI industry and a solid foundation is already in place for that concept to materialize. DeepBrain Chain has already demonstrated their ability to excel in the current AI market, which is on the verge of massive expansion. Yet, for all the strengths we see in the project, we’ve deducted points for the team’s weak communication and investor confusion around the ICO. As for our final call, we’ll be making a medium size bet on the DeepBrain Chain ICO.
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Todays Date: 12/14/17
Project Name: DeepBrain Chain ICO
Token Symbol: DBC
Crowdsale Hard Cap: US$8-9 million (12,000 ETH according to website)
Total Supply: 10,000,000,000
Token Distribution: 15% to pre/crowd sale, 10% to team/advisors, 50% for mining production and 25% for DeepBrain Chain foundation and ecosystem
Price per Token: 2200-3000 DBC = 1 NEO
Maximum Market Cap (at crowdsale price): US$60 million
Bonus Structure: n/a
Presale Terms: Presale is over
Whitelist: Ongoing KYC https://www.deepbrainchain.org/pc/kycEnglish.html
Important Dates: ICO begins on 12/15
Expected Token Release: TBA
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