EpiK Protocol: Building an Everlasting Knowledge Vault Broaden AI’s Horizons

Summary

The way of human knowledge inheritance has evolved from word of mouth to inscriptions, then bamboo slips, papers, before finally to the Internet today. However, traditional forms of human knowledge such as text, pictures and videos are difficult to be understood by machines; Google resolved this by introducing knowledge graph (KG) technology, laying the foundation for today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancement.

EpiK Protocol envisions building a decentralized KG using blockchain technology with trustable storage, incentives, governance and financial capabilities; this creates a trusted, multi-party collaboration platform where all trusted contributors are rewarded fairly while preserving human knowledge at an affordable rate permanently, expanding the horizons of today’s AI, and will usher in the era of cognitive intelligence.

Trusted Finance

EpiK Protocol’s trusted financial capability is derived from Decentralized Financial Technology (DeFi). In the world of cryptocurrencies today, most users hold mainstream cryptos such as BTC/ETH. For these users to seamlessly participate in EpiK’s decentralized knowledge graph ecosystem, a decentralized lending service will be made available (see Figure 6) on EpiK Protocol.

Core Components

Structured on top of the underlying storages, EpiK Protocol’s core components are made up of Consensus Mechanism, Virtual Machine and Ledger On-Chain.

Smart Contract

Based on Filecoin’s Actor contract model, EpiK Protocol encodes on-chain incentive rules for each ecosystem participant (e.g., Domain Experts, Knowledge Node, Bounty Hunters, Voters and Knowledge Gateways).

Open-source License

EpiK Protocol is an advocate of the open-source knowledge movement. Anyone can become a domain expert in accordance with the rules, contributing to the knowledge graph data and gaining benefits. Users of EpiK Protocol can also stake EPK accordingly to access knowledge graph data in different domains. These actions do not require any centralized authority’s permission.

Ecosystem Construction

The ecosystem of EpiK Protocol consists mainly of the Storage Group and Knowledge Group. In terms of storage, EpiK Protocol focuses on idle smaller capacity node machines whose performances are inadequate to participate in storage FIL (Filecoin’s native token). We collaborate with these mining partners to build EPK storage services, including node machine hosting, storage pools, cloud computing, cloud node machines and computing power tokens, etc., supplementing the Filecoin mining ecosystem.

“EpiK” was derived from “Epigraphic Knowledge”, which means the deciphering of knowledge previously recorded on stele. At EpiK Protocol, we envision to build a global collaborative decentralized knowledge graph by applying four core trusted capabilities — trusted storage,trusted incentive, trusted governance and trusted finance, to organize the collaboration among global knowledge community users with an extremely low costs. Thus transferring human knowledge in various domains into an eternal knowledge graph, which broadens AI’s horizons and usher in the era of cognitive intelligence.

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