HUMAN Protocol is a blockchain infrastructure designed to decentralize human labor by supporting the growth of digital job marketplaces.
After recently launching on the Ethereum mainnet, the protocol has now gained the capacity to fully automate the lifecycle of data labeling jobs, enabling the collaboration of humans and machines to create and complete a host of real-world, fungible assignments.
Working with artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, users can now be rewarded in HUMAN’s native token, HMT, for the successful completion of anti-bot visual challenges such as the identification of traffic lights in a grid image. This data is then collated and used to support the eradication of biases in the labor markets, promoting a more circular gig economy.
For a deeper reflection on these recent announcements and the wider implications for the blockchain-tech sector, Cointelegraph spoke with Harjyot Singh, the technology director at Human Protocol.
Harjyot is a prominent entrepreneur in the field of fintech engineering with an academic background in computer science and artificial intelligence.
His present focus is on “exploring how cutting-edge technologies such as AI and blockchain can improve the day-to-day experience for the majority of internet users.”
Cointelegraph: How will HUMAN’s recent announcements (launch on Ether mainnet and release of CAPTCHA web app) support the growth of the protocol?
Harjyot Singh: We’re excited about our recent achievements. HUMAN Protocol’s launch on the Ethereum Mainnet allows us to realize the first instance of a HUMAN decentralized job market. This is also about the Protocol’s evolution; HUMAN Protocol currently processes a significant amount of user interactions every day through the applications it supports. It is designed to operate across multiple blockchains, with Ethereum being the first mainnet deployment. What we learn and make possible here we can utilize and execute elsewhere, including Solana and Polkadot.
Obviously, the launch also enabled us to list HMT, which helps us grow the HUMAN community and incentivize broader participation. But the real growth comes through the HUMAN App: the first gateway into the HUMAN ecosystem, and the first means through which individuals, located anywhere in the world, can directly earn HMT for completing tasks.
It is also important to note that the HUMAN app is not just a CAPTCHA app; it allows many kinds of tasks to be performed by people.
CT: Readers will be familiar with Google’s reCAPTCHA system. How does the HUMAN model differ from a technological standpoint, and what are the benefits of a human-centric identification method?
HS: It is important to note that hCaptcha isn’t part of the HUMAN Foundation; it is simply an application that uses HUMAN Protocol. HUMAN has a much broader goal of tokenizing many kinds of human work, not simply the narrow set of tasks that can run via a CAPTCHA.
That said, a key difference between reCAPTCHA and hCaptcha is that hCaptcha pays websites for the work their users do when they solve a CAPTCHA, rather than forcing them to donate that labor to Google.
CT: Vitalik Buterin recently advocated for a transition to “proof-of-humanity” governance across DeFi. If widely implemented, how do you envision this impacting the space?
HS: I think it will make DeFi a fairer space. Right now, systems that distribute votes as a function of wallet balance cause huge problems; it allows crypto whales to affect proposals in their favor. HUMAN’s “Proof of HUMANity” would allow for one vote per verified human user, which would also combat the prevalence of bots. Because Proof of HUMANity is the first and only on-chain human verification system, it makes sense for an on-chain DeFi world.
But the potential of Proof of HUMANity does not stop there; any space in which bots cause havoc — such as frontrunning on exchanges — can potentially apply Proof of HUMANity to solve it.
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