Hi Edward, tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from, and what is your history?
Hey everyone. I was born and bred in Penang, Malaysia. Penang is well known as a food paradise, and also referred to as the “Pearl of the Orient”. My formal education was in dentistry. I practiced as a dentist for a few years and pursued a Master's degree in the same field. Funny that what I’ve studied has almost nothing to do with blockchain, except perhaps Dentacoin (was once upon a time a top cryptocurrency, remember?) Also been involved with digital marketing for almost a decade, starting with search engine optimization (SEO), followed by campaign optimization, social media and so on. I discovered bitcoin back in 2017 while attending a workshop, learnt the basics of creating a wallet, interacting with the open ledger etc. Since then I’ve been down the crypto rabbit hole and now ended up full time in the web3 space.
How did you get into writing, media, and marketing?
I attended a digital marketing workshop almost a decade ago and started in this space with SEO client work. Eventually established a small digital agency and learned the best practices across multiple industries. Digital media was fairly new back then with many experiments for growing an audience online.
As a kid, what were your dreams and aspirations?
I’ve always aspired to always be a student of life, appreciate the community around me and live in the moment!
Was there anything that you wanted to grow up to be? Like, a pilot, astronaut, president, or perhaps a dentist?
Many of my family members are in healthcare, hence I took up dentistry and did BDS in my home country. Practiced for a couple of years which was very fulfilling and eye opening. You could say that I’ve transitioned from a high-touch career to a high-tech career.
How did you discover Humanode, and what got you interested?
Earlier this year I noticed the job posting about a “crypto biometric” project on a freelance gig site and that’s how I applied for the role. During the interview, I learnt that the founders Dato and Victor had genuine passion to overcome the issue of Sybil attacks with a proof of human existence protocol. Solving difficult problems like this is super fascinating to me. I feel that we’re just getting started on unlocking the potential private biometrics that can be verified on the blockchain.
What is your current role in Humanode, and what challenges do you face?
I’m a content specialist at Humanode. Together with the media team, our day to day tasks include managing the content calendar and brainstorming various ways to grow awareness and educate users about Humanode. The journey so far has been great given the excellent team culture and supportive environment. Perhaps due to the nature of this nascent technology, there’s much work to be done to concretize the idea of a proof of human existence protocol. The team will continue to explore use cases for both B2B and for the end users.
What do you like the most about Humanode?
I like how the project is pushing boundaries to be the first crypto biometric network, combining AI (liveness detection) and blockchain. The use cases of this technology are endless, from building more resilient networks that are Sybil resistant and ensuring democratic access to all humans. I also appreciate the great working culture, with daily syncs so that everyone on the team stays connected and updated on the progress.
How do you envision the Humanode bio-authentication 5 years from now? What kind of system do you think has been developed? What do you hope to see?
I hope to see the liveness detection system be mature enough to resist all forms of adversaries, while preserving privacy for network participants. Also hope to see many partners and integrations within the Humanode ecosystem.
Setting Humanode aside for a moment, what do you do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy outdoor hiking, going to the gym, swimming, and jogging in the park. I also like to run nodes, write code and take notes.
What are your goals in life? What do you want to be doing in 5 years time, then in 10 years time?
Having been on this Earth for three decades, I realized the world is moving so fast and so must we. Realistically, I'll probably be a completely different person in 5 years time. To take a guess, it’ll likely be in the web3 ecosystem, working on blockchains, token designs, DAOs, and decentralized applications. There’s a huge learning curve and opportunity for growth, which makes it very intellectually fulfilling, at the same time financially rewarding as well! My goals are to pursue tech trends I’m curious about and contribute to the advancements of innovation. In 10 years time, my goal is also to make more (provably human) friends in the metaverse :)
What is your favorite food, favorite movie, and favorite rock song?
There’s so many delicious dishes in Penang, but if I need to pick one, it's nasi kandar, which is mildly-flavoured steamed rice accompanied by a variety of curry-based meat dishes and vegetables. Favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption. I’m more of a nu-metal, pop punk kind of guy. Current favourites bands: Emmure, A Day To Remember and Neck Deep.
Anything you would like to say to the community?
Head over to humanode.io and join the testnet, see whats its like to be a validator on the network. Through the lens of Humanode, you might discover something fascinating about privacy, biometrics and blockchain that is applicable to your personal life.