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The Graph: interview with the crypto project to talk about Dapps and DeFi

During ETHCC in Paris, last month The Cryptonomist interviewed Eva Beylin, Director of The Graph Foundation. With Eva we talked about DeFi, dApps and the GRT crypto.

Will the indexing of decentralized protocols reach the same level of search engines like google and yahoo in the next few years?

Long-term decentralized indexing protocols will surpass search engines and current data

providers, as crypto protocols encompass all kinds of event, identity and transaction data that

current web companies don’t have. The nature of blockchains and protocols is they will behave

more like the infrastructure of the new internet than companies or servers, and thus all aspects

of our lives – our transactions, identity, art, updates in status will be accessible, that are part of a

massive knowledge graph.

What advantages can the connection between The Graph and new emerging artificial intelligence tools bring?

Currently core contributors of The Graph use AI to support simulation and research of our

protocol. The Graph also has the means to become the marketplace for accessing blockchain

data for AI tooling, for example you could imagine using Indexers to operate LLMs and selling

data to users.

How will the on-chain data market evolve in the coming years and what are the main challenges to face?

The on-chain data market will evolve to be much more user-data driven as more social, gaming

and interactive dapps proliferate. We’re already seeing the growth of on-chain ‘twitter’

replacements, so the nature of data will change along with these use cases. I anticipate we will

also see more desire for granular and complex data, such as block explorers, advanced DeFi

dashboards and more. 

Lastly, I think the way on-chain data is consumed will also change the more that people are educated about crypto across other industries worldwide.

Can the graph and chainlink work together to improve the on-chain data industry?

Absolutely, we anticipate most dapp users are integrating both The Graph and Chainlink for their

data needs. We can definitely work more closely together to ensure web3 data surpasses the

qualities and needs of web2.

Will the GRT token take on other functions in the future besides paying commissions to use the platform?

GRT is the native work-utility token of The Graph Network. Its primary purpose is to coordinate

network participants (including data providers) and consumers who wish to access blockchain

data. Network participants collaborate to provide data to end users, and in return, they earn

GRT tokens. The Graph Network’s tokenomics encourage everyone within the network to index

and manage data efficiently.

Do you think the growth of the DeFi sector and that of the Metaverse could be a great opportunity for the platform?

The Graph is here to power web3 and significant portions of that are DeFi and the Metaverse,

so as the space grows, so will The Graph Network. The Graph Foundation is also driving

education initiatives targeting GraphQL, Rust and Javascript developers to join web3, often with

the subgraph being an easy entry point; to grow the number of dApps and entrepreneurs

building. We’re also excited about the social networking space, gaming and data-driven use cases.

Amelia Tomasicchio
Amelia Tomasicchiohttps://cryptonomist.ch
As expert in digital marketing, Amelia began working in the fintech sector in 2014 after writing her thesis on Bitcoin technology. Previously author for several international crypto-related magazines and CMO at Eidoo. She is now the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Cryptonomist, and also PR manager for the Italian market at Bitget. She is also a marketing teacher at Digital Coach in Milan and she published a book about NFTs for the Italian publishing house Mondadori, while she is also helping artists and company to entering in the sector. As advisor, Amelia is also involved in metaverse-related project such as The Nemesis and OVER.
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