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Validation Cloud Joins the Allora Network as a Node Operator

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We are excited to announce that Validation Cloud joined the group of node operators that help secure the Allora Network. Validation Cloud is a SOC 2-compliant enterprise-grade Web3 infrastructure company. We adhere to a suite of comprehensive and targeted controls that address everything from 24/7/365 monitoring, personnel operational security, disaster response procedures, encryption, risk assessments, vulnerability scanning, and infrastructure remediation to assure 99.99% uptime.

To date, these results have helped us achieve a #1 node operator in the world ranking from CompareNodes. Validation Cloud’s growth will be accelerated by integrating as a node operator on Allora.

“Validation Cloud has a long history of supporting some of the most promising emerging ecosystems in Web3,” says Alex Nwaka, Chief Strategy Officer of Validation Cloud. “We are excited to support Allora, which is on the bleeding edge of AI and blockchain infrastructure."

Evolution of the Allora Network and Validation Cloud

AI is the most expressive form of compute to ever exist and can process large amounts of information much more intelligently. For the past three years, Upshot has been building AI-powered crypto infrastructure to power new applications and protocols in gaming, lending, market making, and more. The flagship ML model Upshot Labs created for pricing long-tail assets (such as NFTs) is one of the most effective in the space, pricing more than 400 million assets with more than 95-99% accuracy.

The team’s earlier work in subjective consensus mechanism design, along with learnings gathered from building AI-powered crypto infrastructure, led them to create the Allora Network, a self-improving decentralized AI network that harnesses both the efficiency of AI and the wisdom of the collective to reach one mission: transform intelligence itself into a digital commodity.

As an Allora node operator, Validation Cloud furthers that mission by operating both a validator to secure the Allora chain and a Reputer to rate the performance of the ML models delivered by Allora Workers, performing a critical service that reinforces the self-improvement mechanism of Allora.

"Collaborating with node operators like Validation Cloud is crucial to the success of Allora,” says Nick Emmons, CEO of the Upshot team that created Allora. “Their team’s dedication to secure blockchain infrastructure directly contributes to the growth and security of the network.”

Why We Chose the Allora Network

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As a pioneer in Web3 infrastructure, we are always seeking to support the growth of cutting-edge protocols that drive net-new use cases. In our pursuit of this goal, we sought a versatile solution that would allow us to focus on creating innovative infrastructure tools.

After a comprehensive review of available networks, we chose to integrate with Allora due to the network's unique benefits, which align perfectly with our mission:

  • Collective Intelligence—Models in Allora’s network continuously learn from each other, enhancing its collective intelligence and enabling it to self-improve over time.
  • Tamper-Proof Outputs—Allora utilizes zkML and cryptographic verification to create outputs that are verifiably secure and unalterable, ensuring trust in AI's decisions.
  • Privacy Protection—Allora protects personal data through local processing, reducing the risk of breaches and preserving user privacy.
  • Universal Access—Allora offers permissionless, composable access to AI, enabling builders everywhere to innovate and create with AI as a foundational element.
  • Balanced Outcomes—Allora leverages diverse data inputs to reduce bias, leading to more balanced and fair AI-driven outcomes.
  • Context-Awareness––Network participants forecast each other’s performance under the current conditions, thereby creating a form of context-awareness that enables the network to achieve the best inferences under any circumstances.

About Validation Cloud

Validation Cloud is a Web3 data streaming and infrastructure company that connects organizations into Web3 through a fast, scalable, and intelligent platform. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Validation Cloud offers highly performant and customizable products in staking, node, and data-as-a-service.

To learn more about Validation Cloud, visit our website, follow us on X, and read our developer docs.

About the Allora Network

Allora is a self-improving decentralized AI network.

Allora enables applications to leverage smarter, more secure AI through a self-improving network of ML models. By combining innovations in crowdsourced intelligence, federated learning, and zkML, Allora unlocks a vast new design space of applications at the intersection of crypto and AI.

To learn more about Allora, visit the website, Twitter, Medium, Discord, and developer docs.