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News / Re: Socios.com
« Last post by PART-5-ES-David on 10 September , 2019, 16:55:14 pm »
Hi everyone,

Before starting, let me recognize the importance of this section, as news indicates the uses that are currently being given to Blockchain Technology. Thanks to this, we can see at what level we are reaching, and even more important, all that we have left to do.

Having said this, I find very interesting the initiative that Atlético de Madrid has taken, because with the Socios.com platform they can meet their mans in a way that benefits both parts, fans can do surveys that give information to the clubs and also receive “Fan Totems” that can be redeemed for many prizes, from cryptocurrencies, merchandising, privates lotteries…

In addition, they also contribute to the development of Blockchain Technology, Socios.com is the first mobile application of blockchain technology for sports and entertainment fans. This also may serve as inspiration for other teams to start doing something similar. Another important thing is that thanks to this initiative, many companies will realize what Blockchain Technology is, something that is very important because, from my point of view, this technology is not as well-known as it should.

Finally, I would like to end this reply with some questions, so we can all think about them.
Was it really necessary to use Blockchain Technology for this?
Could we have used a simpler technology and obtained a similar result?

Kinds regards,
David Corral Pazos

I leave you here the link where you can download Socios.com so you can try it and have a more complete experience. This application will be available soon on Android and Apple. Also remember that this application has another section of eSports that may be more interesting for some of you. ;D

Search for extraterrestrial resources / Re: In Situ production of medicines in space
« Last post by VET-ES-Pablo on 10 September , 2019, 14:12:44 pm »
Hello Ruth,

I just read your post and let me say that it is utterly interesting. It makes us realize we can't take anything for granted in the topic of searching for extraterrestrial resources. Those astronauts will also have to live and survive, just as we do, and they will need the same resources and services as we need. Not only medicines, but also food and water, residence, a suitable temperature, and so on and so forth. These requirements need a large amount of resources, and people.

Having said this, I would like to ask a question: what other things do you think these astronauts will need?, and, if you should know, how could they be dealt with? I suggest you take a moment to think about this question and answer what you thought.

Keep it up, guys! :D
Search for extraterrestrial resources / Asteroid mining
« Last post by VET-ES-Pablo on 10 September , 2019, 13:16:33 pm »
Hello everybody!

Let me introduce you a new topic, about asteroids.

When we think about extraterrestrial resources, we tend to imagine a colony of human beings living on Mars or the Moon. Not just that, we also picture the missions being aimed at scientific research, engineering or other types of doing science. But is this the only thing that conveys the idea of 'searching for space resources'?

It turns out that it isn't. The Moon, Mars or other planets aren't the only source of space resources. Asteroids, those astronomical objects that seem nothing more than huge wandering rocks, are actually gold mines. They are considerably rich in valuable resources and precious materials that could drastically change the world's economy. As a matter of fact, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson believes that the first ever trillionaire will have become a trillionaire thanks to asteroid mining. Interesting, isn't it?

Therefore, I would like to start a topic on this. To do so, I'm leaving some points you could discuss about:

  • What resources can be obtained from asteroids?
  • What type of asteroids are worth mining?
  • How will the missions be carried out?
  • How could these resources alter our economy?
  • What impact could this have in our daily lives?

I'm looking forward to reading your answers!
Best regards ;)

Nanotechnology for energy and environmental challenges / Re: Hi
« Last post by VET-ES-Maria on 09 September , 2019, 18:06:40 pm »
Hello Flore!!

First of all, welcome to the Forum! I am María Vaquero, a veteran, willing to help you all. As we (the veterans) have told you, this is a very important and useful tool. To participate in it is extremely important in order to be selected for the International Congress. You will be able to find interesting information you may want to use or include in your essays. Moreover, you will be able to participate in interesting debates regarding your topics and to share information you find important and necessary.

As my colleagues have well explained, even if the format seems very professional, you do not have to worry about it. You are not scientists nor experts in your topics. This is why we don't expect amazingly well written and explained thesis. This is just an opportunity to live science firsthand. All you have to do is your best.

I understand you, nevertheless, and I know it seems a bit unachievable to write a paper with such characteristics. When I wrote mine, I was pretty scared too!

As an ex-participant, I understand you. When I wrote my paper, I was pretty scared too! But you really don´t have to. As long as you do you best, you will easily accomplish the objectives.

I recommend you to read and understand the expert´s guideline. Everything is amazingly explained there and, as long as you follow the instructions, your paper will be exactly what we are looking for. Try to search and learn as much as you kind about Nanotechnology and new materials. As you become to know more and more about it, you will find yourself more confident and yo will be able to write a good essay and to use appropriate vocabulary. Remember that there are specific words and terms, and it is important that you understand them. Well-structured essays are required. Take into account the elements you have to include. Including subheadings, an index, etc. is important too as it helps keeping the information organized. Additionally, I encourage you to participate in the forum. As I wrote at the beginning, it is a requirement in order to participate in the Congress.

I hope my answer, as well as the ones of the other veterans, is useful. Please, let me know if you have any other doubt. We are here to help you!!

Good luck,
María Vaquero
News / Re: Socios.com
« Last post by PART-5-ES-Manuel on 09 September , 2019, 11:42:53 am »
Good morning José Javier,

The new you have posted in this section is very interesting and I think there are more objectives in this initiative than we think. As we already know, blockchain has increased its development during the last few years and we are quite far away of the true potential this revolutionary technology can provide. Blockchain shows many applications and there are lots of startups which are trying to bring to life amazing projects.

In my opinion, this new initiative developed by socios.com and which involves a kind of cryptocurrency is one of the applications which we will see in the future. When talking about the objectives of this program we can highlight two of them:

  • On the one hand, this software created by the company socios.com helps the club by joining all of their fans. I think this project could considerably help the football club by creating a much more interactive experience for all of their fans and maybe getting more people to know "Atlético de Madrid". We should also consider that this kind of projects differences this club from others, making it better known. In conclusion, one of the project's objectives is to help the club to get more fans.
  • On the other hand, we should talk about blockchain's divulgation. Although blockchain is one of the newest forms of technology, only a little percentage of the population knows what this term refers about and the way blockchain operates. That's one of the reasons why there are many startups, they are trying to get people to know Blockchain, to make them understand their future.

There are also other intentions when creating these projects, such as making the user's experience easier and more interactive by adding cryptocurrencies to the application. In this case, Blockchain's security is not the main property which the company is trying to achieve however this tech has many other interesting characteristics which can be useful when talking about this type of projects.
I definitely think this is a great idea and that there should be more initiatives like this one. The whole world should start applying Blockchain to their companies because although we sometimes think this isn't necessary, the only way to understand its potential is to start using it.

Do you agree? If you have a different opinion, I encourage everyone to answer this post and discuss it! :)

Best regards,
Manuel Cortés
Electric mobility / Re: Electric Automobiles Safety
« Last post by PART-2-ES-Pablo on 08 September , 2019, 16:15:23 pm »
Hello José Javier,

I am aware of the new policy implemented by the European Union which compels automakers to install a noise-making device in their vehicles in order to prevent any accidents with pedestrians involved. In fact, I posted this information on the news section of the forum. There, I exposed my opinion about this topic. Nevertheless, as you have reopened this matter, I think it is time to expand my point of view giving some more data which may help us all to have a bigger perspective of this issue.

The electric mobility revolution is not only a change in the way we move. As we transition towards a zero emissions future, electric vehicles give us the chance to reduce our noise pollution too.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic is the number one cause of community noise in urban areas. The recommended level of noise for residential zones by the WHO is 50 decibels, a quantity which is almost always widely overpassed in developed countries.

The main consequences from noise pollution are several health problems, such as hypertension, hearing loss, sleep difficulties and high stress. All these factors contribute to decrease the quality of life of a person, which may probably lead to a reduced life expectancy.

The possibility of having a world with silent vehicles would be a tremendous leap forward in the matter of public health. Therefore, it would be obvious to think that the decision made by the European Union is a big mistake. However, we must also try to understand how the noise could help people who might need it.

When I first talked about the AVAS on the forum, I exposed the case of somebody with sight problems who might need the noise of a vehicle to know where it is so he or she can avoid it. Crossing the street for blind people in a world with silent cars would be quite a difficult and dangerous situation for them. As a matter of fact, not all the streets have traffic lights which make noise when the light is green for pedestrians, and some streets do not even have traffic lights.

This is why I think that although people like you and me do not need this noise because we are perfectly capable to see when a vehicle is approaching, and we might think at first that these new policies are nonsense, we should also try to think about people who could find the noise helpful in their daily lives. I also wanted to clarify three details.

1.   Electric vehicles are not completely noise-free. Any electric vehicle displacing at a speed of 20 km/h or above will make noise due to the friction between the wheels and the road.

2.   As far as I am concerned, the sound produced by the AVAS will be lower than the one produced by a combustion engine vehicle and it supposedly designed not to be very annoying.

3.   If the vehicle is stopped, the AVAS will not work, therefore, this means that vehicles trapped in traffic jam or just waiting for a green light at pedestrian crossing, will make no noise.

To sum up, and after thinking for a while, I believe that the decision taken by the EU is the right one. Electric vehicles are extremely safe for their occupants, and from now on they should also be safer for pedestrians. And regarding the matter of the “opportunity cost”, noise pollution will be reduced anyway due to what I explained in the bullet points 2 and 3. Therefore, I think this is a situation in which all of us end up winning.

Pablo García
News / Re: Artificial Noise for Electric Vehicles
« Last post by VET-ES-JoseJavier on 08 September , 2019, 13:43:23 pm »
Hi Pablo,

I just commented something similar about this new in the Electric Mobility section, referring to the topic of the safety of electric cars. Actually, the law is a bit older (as far as I know, it was passed in 2014), but most laws do not become compulsory until some years after passed, so business and citizens have time to adapt to them. And just as you pointed, this new measure has not been precisely free of controversy, due to the fact that the opportunity to reduce the noise pollution caused by traffic is destroyed because of this new law. In Economy, this is called "opportunity cost": everytime we choose an option, we have to dispense with the benefits all discarded options could give us.

I have just been wondering why it cannot be possible for electric cars just to use their horns when they are near to a pedestrian, so as bicycles do. However, it is true that cars are bigger and faster, and they cannot play the horn fast enough every time someone crosses the street without looking. Anyway, although I agree that noise pollution is a problem, car accidents are more relevant in my opinion, so any decision that is taken should respect the priority of car safety over noise.

What do you think? Is maybe noise pollution more dangerous to human health than direct accidents?

José Javier (Veteran)
News / Socios.com
« Last post by VET-ES-JoseJavier on 08 September , 2019, 00:13:59 am »
Hi everyone,

I guess it is a shame that such an important section as the news one, where we can share articles and different novelties about Blockchain in order to get inspiration. I will take the first step to inaugurate this section.

Some days ago, the Spanish football club "Atlético de Madrid" appeared in some newspapers for signing an agreement with the website "Socios.com", which had already done it with other football clubs like Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain. In Socios.com, football fans are enabled to participate in polls and different activities, so that they can win "Fan Token" coins which they can later exchange for club games, experiences and games. While Clemente Villaverde, representing Atlético de Madrid, considers this a way of getting closer to club fans and staying technologically advanced, Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Socios.com, has seen as positive the fact that with this incorporation his platform reaches a billion users which can benefit from the use of cryptocurrency.

What do you think about this business? Will we see more in the future? Wasn't it necessary to use blockchain technology for it?

I am waiting for your opinion. Here you can see one of the many articles available: https://www.teleprensa.com/deportes/el-atletico-de-madrid-se-une-a-la-plataforma-de-blockchain-socioscom.html.html

José Javier (Veteran)
Blockchain technology / Re: Some interesting sources
« Last post by VET-ES-JoseJavier on 07 September , 2019, 21:18:16 pm »
Benvenuto ("welcome") Matteo:

I would like too to welcome you to this forum and wish you the best luck with your essay. I suppose you probably know it, but one of the very first sources you ought to check (although you have probably already done it) is the Work Guide, which you can find at http://iysc.org/index.php?topic=4638.0 and which includes a section of interesting sources at the bottom.

As David, I am here to help you with any doubt you have (me specially, since I am a veteran, and my only commitment here is that one), and to encourage you to do your best when working. Additionally, if you have anything more you think you can contribute with, I recommend you to share it for the others to benefit from it, and so I recommend to all of you.

I hope you are going on well with your essays, and I invite you to keep increasing your participation in the forum. Believe me, we all can take a lot from it.

José Javier (Veteran)
Electric mobility / Re: What is Electric mobility?
« Last post by VET-ES-JoseJavier on 07 September , 2019, 21:03:32 pm »
Hi everyone,

I hope it is not too late for reminding (if it has not been already said) that a good introduction to the theory of Electric Mobility is the Expert Guide, which can be found at http://iysc.org/index.php?topic=4635.0. And, as Diana has pointed, although the electric mobility could be literally translated as "powering transport through electricity", it involves a lot of socioeconomic, politic and environmental consequences (so as any improvement in technology, but taking into account the importance of transport and its impact in greenhouse effect gives it an enormous relevance).

And of course, as Eider has said too, powering vehicles through electricity can integrate through into more powerful systems like Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Distributed Generation, etc. However, although its possibilities are almost unlimited, the focus of the essays should not be forgotten. Without discouraging you to explore other topics, I advice you to make sure what you are writing has to do with electric mobility. We all have ever talked so much about something to a point where we have forgot what we were really discussing. Anyway, I suppose that will be a useless advice, but I would have liked to be reminded that a couple of times in my life, so I do it this time  :).

José Javier (Veteran)
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