(3.3) Pi Speaker Session on Apps and Platform: Core Team Initiated Apps – Pi COiNVENTION 2020

(3.3) Pi Speaker Session on Apps and Platform: Core Team Initiated Apps – Pi COiNVENTION 2020

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Hi, Pioneers!
This talk is about Core Team initiated apps
Pi Core Team will develop and improve certain 
apps or guide a few ecosystem apps, to experiment  
and create Pi utility and to build the ecosystem 
and organize the community.
I’ll introduce a few apps that the Core Team is considering improving and building ourselves or guiding  
ecosystem third-party developers to build, 
pending community input for us to prioritize.  
We’d like to hear what Pioneers think about these 
apps after watching this session, so we can decide  
how we will spend our time and resources next. 
Please express your thoughts in the Topic on the  
homescreen. Keep in mind that the Core Team’s 
Phase 2 mission is to achieve value creation  
through utility and decentralization while 
growing the community and building the ecosystem.
Now, I am going to talk about the apps to improve and build.
Pi Chats has been the oldest and most used 
app inside Pi.
This is the place where Pi community’s global conversations are held, where old Pioneers discuss Pi and socialize,  
and where new Pioneers are helped by other 
peers when they get to know Pi. Over the past  
few months, we have added a new add-on feature, 
Topics, to facilitate forum-like and theme-based  
discussions. Next, we’d like to improve Pi Chats, 
including better moderation features, overall  
organization and usability, better spam control 
system either automatically or crowdsourced. The  
Core Team has been considering and exploring 
mechanisms to integrate the usage of Pi inside  
Pi Chats for spam and troll controls, and also 
for achieving more constructive conversations.  
If such experiments are successful, not only 
would it help experiment with the Pi utility,  
but it also benefits the community 
because Pioneers will enjoy the chat rooms more,  
and more community activities can 
be organized through the Pi Chats.
The next app we’re considering building is called
Home screen social media channel.
So far, the Pi app’s home screen has been  
used by only the Core Team to make announcements 
and organize community activities. In a sense,  
the Core Team has been the only content creator on 
the home screen. However, we have plans to  
slowly open up the home screen channel for more 
content creators other than the Core Team itself  
to broadcast their content. For example, the 
home screen channel can be initially opened up  
to content created by chats moderators who may 
provide bite-size educational content about Pi  
for the community to address Pioneers’ questions 
in addition to answering them in the chats.  
Next, it can be opened to 
maybe good content creators  
on the internet even outside Pi Network, 
e.g. influencers on youtube or instagram,  
to bring more interesting content for Pioneers 
inside the app and to experiment with Pi utility.  
The type of content can expand from initially only 
about Pi to more general good quality content.  
Of course, the Core Team expects to integrate 
certain use of Pi to curate the content and  
organize non-core-team creators’ access to the 
home screen channel that reaches millions of  
Pioneers. This is not only part of the Pi 
utility experiment but also attempts to  
innovate on how quality content can be 
achieved and consumed in social media.  
Inside the Core Team, we call this idea: a scarce 
social media channel, as opposed to the currently  
abundant millions of social media channels 
where everyone can host, on instagram,  
Youtube, for example. Such abundance of channels 
also creates low signal-to-noise ratio,  
information overload, and information sinos 
caused by the machine-learning algorithm curation.  
The Pi scarce social media channel tries to 
solve such problems of social media by providing  
high signal content through the moderation of 
a token mechanism and human crowd curation.
 
Now, I am going to talk about a couple Apps we want to guide. First is
Crowdsourcing-based Translation app.
As Pioneers are from almost every corner of 
the world, the fact that our app is only in  
English has been an impeding factor for our 
users to understand the Pi vision, mission or  
generally how the app works, and difficult for our 
existing users to explain to potential new users.  
The translation of the app into different 
languages has been something that the community  
has been asking for, and we want to build. While 
the Core Team can build the translations of the  
app in a centralized way, the Core Team would also like to see or guide third-party ecosystem developers  
to create a translation-crowdsourcing app. The 
crowdsourcing-based translation app will allow  
us to decentralize the burden of translations to 
an unlimited number of languages in the world and  
also provides agility on an on-going basis when 
new updates or interfaces are deployed to the app.  
This translation app will receive voluntary 
translations of all texts of the Pi app, including  
app actions, instructions or announcement 
content. It will also need to institute a  
mechanism for evaluation, selection and validation 
by other peer Pioneers to ensure the accuracy of  
the translation in specific languages. Then, it 
automatically plugs into the backend of the Pi app  
so that phones with the specific language 
setting can display our app in that language.  
This app will be primarily an ecosystem 
app for the benefits of the community. 
The second community ecosystem app that we want to guide is
Community KYC solutions
Pi has a strict policy of one account per person.
This requires a high degree of  
accuracy to establish that members in 
the network are genuine human beings,  
in order to prevent individuals being able to 
hoard Pi through creating fake accounts unfairly.  
So KYC is an important and necessary procedure 
inside our ecosystem. Current Pi KYC is conducted  
by a third-party KYC provider. However, as 
mentioned multiple times, the ultimate goal  
is to enable every Pioneer in the network to pass 
KYC or prove their humanness eventually for the  
Mainnet. Due to cost, coverage and accessibility 
by Pioneers in different regions, we hope to  
develop a decentralized, reliable, low- to no-cost 
KYC process customized for the Pi community.  
We hope this project to be a Core-Team-guided and 
community-sourced project because all Pioneers  
care about how KYC is conducted, and also because 
third-party developers from different regions may  
be more aware of different regional challenges 
or issues in the KYC process. The Core Team  
will lead the project but welcome Pioneers and 
developers who are interested in solving this  
problem generally or specifically for different 
regions to contribute ideas and engineering time.  
If the project is community-sourced, the code of 
the KYC project needs to be open-source so that  
it’s publicly auditable. We’ve received many KYC 
proposals from the community. This project hopes  
to gather such community enthusiasts and more to 
develop our community KYC solution together. One  
of such KYC proposals from community members will 
be demonstrated following this Core Team talk.
These are the apps that the Core 
Team have been considering improving,  
building and guiding, and we 
want to hear what you think.
Later in this session are talks by Third Party 
developers. Through the convention developer  
speaker applications, we received many application 
submissions and surfaced a few interesting ideas  
and thoughts by Pioneers about potential apps 
on the Pi platform. We selected a few of such  
developers who were able to articulate their 
app or idea, and present the demo in a video  
to showcase here. The later presentations 
also include an update from our first  
third-party app – FeverIQ, about what Pioneers’ 
contributions to their app have turned into.
There is a Disclaimer: Selection of the 
apps to be presented at the convention  
does not mean the acceptance 
of the app to be deployed  
on the Platform. The selection of the apps 
to be deployed will be a separate process  
later. The convention is meant to foster 
discussions and further inspire innovations.

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