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Walmart applies for patent to build blockchain-based force of robots

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Walmart applies for patent to build blockchain-based force of robots
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On a document published by the US Patent & Trademark Office [USPTO] recently, Walmart Stores Inc., an American multinational retail corporation applied for a patent that would allow the “in-field authenticating of autonomous robots.” The patent in question was submitted by the supermarket chain in the city of Bentonville, Arizona earlier in the year. The document states:

“The first authentication signal includes a first blockchain key and the second authentication signal includes a second blockchain key, the first and second blockchain keys are configured to facilitate confirming the identity of the first mobile autonomous electronic device and the identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device.“

The document further states:

“The first mobile autonomous electronic device is configured to access delivery information from a distributed blockchain database in response to confirming the identity of the second mobile autonomous electronic device.”

According to the patent, Walmart plans to use a force of autonomous robots who will all be employed in making deliveries in a more efficient and effective manner. Sources suggest that Walmart plans to compete with Amazon in terms of the retail network.

The patent further discloses a system wherein several robots will be tuned to handle the transport and delivery of a specific package throughout the various legs of the supply chain. Following which, the system will be programmed to use wireless signals in order to communicate and verify the identity of one robot from the other.

Walmart believes that developing such a system would set it as a target for hackers and that is why a distributed ledger technology would come in handy, essentially safeguarding the system from a possible threat. The patent says:

“In some embodiments of described above, blockchain technology may be utilized to record authentication signals and identification information to facilitate or resulting from in-field authentication between autonomous electronic devices. One or more of the autonomous electronic devices described herein may comprise a node in a distributed blockchain system storing a copy of the blockchain record.”

It then goes on to add:

“Updates to the blockchain may comprise authentication signals or identification information, and one or more nodes on the system may be configured to incorporate one or more updates into blocks to add to the distributed database.”

Walmart had in the past applied for another patent system that involves the use of blockchain technology. This particular system ensured the locker space for packages were automatically reserved so that orders were made only in instances where there was enough capacity for a delivery.

Redditor, Rnssol commented:

“Such implementations of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are a sure step forward.”

Tinykisses19, another Reddit user said:



“They are falling behind because the competition on Robots is getting big and most people are getting ahead on its development.”

Redditor, Mmarkomarko added:

“Sounds like a plot for a bad dystopian sci-fi movie.”

Another Redditor, Gracesteel stated:

“I think this would be great but let it be safe.”





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Shahrain KM is a writer at AMB Crypto. Her curiosity in Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies has led her to be a part of the news reporting team of AMB Crypto. She does not hold value in any cryptocurrencies currently.

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Craig Wright files copyright registration for Bitcoin whitepaper; Twitterati say it’s ‘just another form’

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Craig Wright files copyright registration for Bitcoin whitepaper; Twitterati debate validity of 'filing just another form'Craig Wright files copyright registration for Bitcoin whitepaper; Twitterati debate validity of 'filing just another form'
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Craig Wright, Chief Scientist at nChain and one often referred to as “Faketoshi” for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, has filed for the copyright registration of the Bitcoin whitepaper and the Bitcoin software. The Bitcoin Whitepaper titled, ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,’ was published by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin in 2008. In the filing, Wright claims to be the pseudonymous author Satoshi Nakamoto.

Neeraj K. Agrawal from CoinCenter made the revelation via his social media handle,

“Craig Wright filed a copyright registration for the Bitcoin whitepaper […] Craig Wright also filed a copyright registration for the ‘computer file’ Bitcoin, ie the Bitcoin software itself”

Bitcoin copyright filing 1

Bitcoin copyright filing 2

Bitcoin copyright filing 2

Bitcoin copyright filing 2

Notably, Jerry Brito, Executive Director at CoinCenter, clarified that registering a copyright was “just filing a form.” He further stated that the copyright office had not investigated whether the claims are valid or not, adding that “they just register it.”

He went on to add,



“Unfortunately there is no official way to challenge a registration. If there are competing claims, the Office will just register all of them. Someone else could today also register themselves as the author of the white paper, thus inviting a suit from Wright and letting a court decide on the validity of the claim. I volunteer @petermccormack.”

Interestingly, CoinGeek published an article titled, “Bitcoin creator Craig S. Wright (Satoshi Nakamoto) granted US copyright registration for Bitcoin white paper and code.” Further, the blog post also claimed that the U.S Copyright office was the first government office to recognize “Craig Wright as Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.”

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Source: Twitter

Chris Harvey, a Venture Capital Lawyer commented,

“False copyright registration is “copyfraud”. Unfortunately, no private right of action exists under relevant US copyright law, 18 U.S.C. § 506(e). Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $2,500. No company has ever been prosecuted for violating this.”





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