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A Bitcoin Blockchain Transaction Visualization + Sonification “chains" at ZKM (March, 2016)

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A Bitcoin Blockchain Transaction Visualization + Sonification
“chains"
at ZKM (March, 2016)

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https://sivira.co

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A Bitcoin Blockchain Transaction Visualization + Sonification “chains" at ZKM (March, 2016)

  1. 1. A Bitcoin Blockchain Transaction Visualization + Sonification “chains" at ZKM (March, 2016) Daito Manabe + Yusuke Tomoto + 2bit Ishii
  2. 2. In recent years, there has been a growing public interest in blockchain technology along with the buzzword fintech on google trends. One of the most successful examples using blockchain is the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Bitcoin does not depend on a central agency as does the conventional legal tender, but because it can perform highly anonymous transactions across borders, it has created a new mechanism for business activities. At the same time, the possibility of its misuse, such as money laundering and financing for anti-social groups, has been pointed out. Accordingly, its treatment differs from country to country. It still has problems even though it has already been implemented in society, e.g. one of bitcoin’s main former developers says that mining is carried out by some people. In this work, visualization to study blockchain and an automated trading system have been developed and displayed.
  3. 3. detail
  4. 4. “chains” is an interactive 2-channel video and 4-channel sound installation, which has two modes “visualization” and “game”. These modes can be switched by using dial interface which is put on the pedestal in front of screens.
  5. 5. “visualization” shows following phenomenon in real-time: - How does block chain system works, does transactions propagate, and blocks are generated. These are technical aspect of blockchain. - How is bitcoin bought/sold, are ask/bid quotes ordered on various bitcoin trading exchange. And which exchange is more active or not. These are financial aspect of bitcoin. “game” is an experiment running five automated trading system (bots). Each bot has its own trading algorithm aimed to increase its asset. Their trading performances and avatars of bots which behave according to its internal status are displayed on the screen. On both of modes, sounds are generated according to the data. visualization game
  6. 6. system
  7. 7. technical setup PC1 - visual app PC2 - sound app - data acquisition network hub internet 2 projectors DVI ethernet audioUSB powermate HDD USB Remote PC3 - automated trading - record history data off-site blockchain /bitcoin APIs
  8. 8. dataflow PC1 - visual app PC2 - sound app - data acquisition 1. data (blockchain /bitcoin api) 2. stream data to visualiser 3. send sound event Remote PC3 - automated trading - record history data off-site (automated trading) send bot performance/history
  9. 9. screen size: 973 x 602 cm distance from floor: 120cm opening angle between the two screens: 97,5 screen settings
  10. 10. interaction push visualization game rotate L rotate R scene change to game scene change to visualization - - choose bot choose bot
  11. 11. required equipments Name of equipments total MacBookPro Retina 15inch 2 Projector 2 Ethernet cable 3 Thunderbolt-Ethernet adaptor 2 Griffin PowerMate 1 USB extension cable 1 Audio Mixer 1 Speaker 4 Wired internet connection *
  12. 12. with support of

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