Nillion — Unlocking the Mass Adoption of Personalized AI (and more)

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02.22.2024

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Imagine a digital clone of yourself that could act as your assistant. AI trained on all your data that could parse through communications and give you the exact answers you need, acting as a personal force multiplier unlike any that’s ever existed.

It’s no surprise that the AI market is growing exponentially, to the tune of $300b by 2026, with trillions expected in subsequent years.

But there’s a big problem.

For *truly* personalized AI to exist, it needs ALL of your data. Every message you’ve ever sent. Everything that makes you, you.

Would you give an AI assistant 10 years of your text conversations knowing OpenAI owned it?

Most wouldn’t. 59% of consumers would NOT feel comfortable using personalized AI because of data privacy concerns.

These companies have banned ChatGPT due to data privacy — along with 75% of businesses

Without private data processing, personalized AI will not gain “the next internet” levels of mass adoption.

That’s why builders hailing from Uber, Coinbase, Consensys, Google, IBM, and Hedera spent 3 years building:

Nillion — the internet’s base layer for all private data.

The world changed when Ethereum decentralized computing with smart contracts. Today, Nillion will ignite the next wave of innovation by decentralizing trust for your most valuable data.

Allowing you, and only you, to own your data — unlocking the mass adoption of personalized AI, and countless other emerging industries.

Nillion does this through: blind computation.

I’ll explain why that’s so valuable for AI in a moment, but first, we need to understand the current Big Data game.

As you already know, companies like Google, Facebook, and OpenAI centrally control and own your data.

But not all data is created equally.

There are 3 levels of data that tech companies are always tracking, mining, and monetizing.

Level 1 data consists of superficial information: your Instagram posts, YouTube videos, blockchain transactions, blog posts.

Most people have no issue giving up this data. It’s surface level.

Let’s go a layer deeper — Level 2 data. This is your digital fingerprint: cookies that track browsing, search history, and your social media preferences.

History has proven we don’t really mind sharing Level 1 and 2 data. We do it every day.

So, why is private data processing even necessary?

Because personalized AI requires something much more intimate: Level 3 data.

This is your High Value Data — and it’s priceless:

  • Sexually explicit texts to your partner.
  • Every email you’ve ever sent and received.
  • All your verbal conversations, recorded, in real life and digitally.
  • Things you’d tell a therapist; stuff you’ve forgotten, or want to forget.
  • The lies you’ve told. The truths that weren’t totally true.
  • Your entire medical history.
  • All transaction data; every item you’ve purchased.
  • All your opinions about people, places, and yourself.
  • Your relationship with your mother.

Essentially, highly confidential information.

Do you feel uneasy unlocking your phone and handing it to someone? Imagine that feeling but with everything — your phone, computer, and thoughts.

With personalized AI, instead of just one person, you’re handing your secrets to a supercomputer that reads all, forgets nothing and is happy to share every bit across a global network!

…nobody is comfortable publicly sharing “level 3 data.” Yet, truly personalized AI can’t function without it.

Welcome to the data wars

Centralized companies are battling to own your data. Whereas the rest of humanity is fighting for the right to remain private.

We are at a standstill, locked by the horns without either side wanting to give an inch.

Who will win the data war?

Here’s a hint: centralized data makes it impossible for Personalized AI to be adopted on a mass scale.

Understanding this is crucial.

High value data in isolation isn’t much of a risk. But when it’s used with AI, it instantly morphs into something very, very sensitive.

Think of it like plutonium. On its own, it’s just an element. But, combined with specific technology it becomes a nuclear bomb.

That’s what Level 3 data is to AI.

Your high value data would have to be shared across a global network for personalized AI to be effective.

Level 3 data is vastly more sensitive than levels 1 and 2

A breach of level 3 data would ruin countless lives.

Your personalized AI model could be turned against you. It could be commanded to reveal anything and everything about your life. Your digital clone, along with every intimate detail, would be in the hands of someone else.

There’s been a 68% increase in corporate data breaches from the previous year, setting a new record.

A breach of personalized AI data is not a matter of if, but when.

This could result in ruined relationships, open potential for blackmail, job opportunities lost.

Centralized data + personalized AI = disaster

Personalized AI won’t be widely adopted unless private data processing exists.

Starting to see the trillion-dollar opportunity?

Nillion is charting a path to become the base layer for humanity’s most important information.

Unlike centralized computation, the Nillion network operates through blind computation.

All data on the network is “masked” so nodes on Nillion have no idea what they are computing, they simply compute. Blindly.

Masked data is unrecognizable to anyone without a key.

This key is fragmented into many pieces and those pieces are securely stored across different nodes in the decentralized Nillion network.

Nodes can’t “see” the data they’re computing.

In other words, the magic of blind computing allows for AI data collaboration, without revealing who that data belongs to.

Private inputs, public trust. This is the heartbeat of the Nillion network.

And personalized AI is just the tip of the iceberg.

We haven’t even scratched the surface of how a DePin network like Nillion facilitates quantum secure messaging, encrypted order books, trustless gaming, global identity…

We call these “sleeping giant” industries. Emerging markets that are blocked from exploding in value without access to private data processing.

Nillion’s blind computation solution opens the floodgates to countless sleeping giants. It might not just become the single most important technology in history, but make a real difference between freedom and true sovereignty.

Excited to go deeper into Nillion’s decentralized answer for the global data renaissance?

Head over to our Gitbook.

There, you’ll witness Nillion’s multi-faceted approach that showcases the interplay between multi-party computation (MPC), fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), zero-knowledge proofs (ZKP), information-theoretic security (ITS), and other data processing and privacy-enhancing technology (PET) innovations.

Nillion has entered the arena with a solution that puts you in control of the most valuable commodity in existence: your data.

If you believe centralized companies have abused our data and you want to be a part of the upcoming global data renaissance, then share this post.

Spread the word with the smartest people you know.

Alex Page — CEO & Co-founder, Nillion

P.S.

ChatGPT is essentially a glorified chatbot.

GPT is impressive, but if we’re looking at the exponential progress curve that AI is experiencing, then the horizon is clear: personalized AI.

Personalized AI means truly cloning yourself digitally with 99.9% accuracy. It would respond exactly how you would, nearly every time.

Your AI-clone-assistant could book a whole vacation itinerary without having to guess what you’d like. Or communicate with your significant other’s AI-clone-assistant to figure out the perfect date night — without either of you participating until the finish line.

Now extrapolate that example across an infinite amount of use cases in a world where everyone has an AI clone that responds with near-perfect accuracy, intertwined with every aspect of your life: Work. Family. Friends. Health.

This isn’t futuristic — this is the world that AI products are ushering in, now.

With the advent of AI progress, true data privacy and security is a necessary shift that society must adopt.

P.P.S.

This piece is the first in a series.

We’ll soon release our full, call-to-arms, Data Renaissance Manifesto.

Including how the Nillion Association could, at their discretion, release a token to incentivize nodes to participate and maintain standards.

We’ll delve deeper into why Nillion’s solution isn’t just a “nice-to-have” — it’s a need-to-have.

We can choose the future we want; the time is now.

Make sure you have notifications on for all Nillion socials. See you very soon.

About Nillion

Nillion is humanity’s first Blind Computer. It is powered by a decentralized network of nodes that enables “Blind Computation” through the coordination and orchestration of privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) such as multi-party computation (MPC), fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) and zero-knowledge proofs (ZKP). Nillion believes Blind Computation will become the internet’s base layer for all private data as PETs continue to mature. Nillion has attracted a notable initial cohort of Blind Computation builders across AI, DeFi, medical data, custody, wallets, global identity, messaging, and more.

The Nillion development company, Nilogy, was incubated by CoinList’s seed program. Nilogy’s Founding CTO was the Founding Engineer of Uber (Conrad Whelan), the Chief Strategy Officer was the Founding CMO of Hedera Hashgraph (Andrew Masanto), the Chief Business Officer is the Founder of Indiegogo (Slava Rubin), the General Counsel was the Associate General Counsel of Coinbase (Lindsay Danas Cohen), along with builders hailing from Consensys, LayerZero, Polygon and Google.

Learn more by visiting the Nillion website or following us on Twitter, Telegram or Discord.