APRA Co-Founder Felix: In Pursuit of Eternity in the Digital World

The Intrinsic Value of Crypto Beyond The Financial Cycles

Origins: The Trisolarans and the Wallfacers

I still remember the afternoon many years ago when I read Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy in one sitting in my tiny flat on 40th Street in NYC. I reread the trilogy many times in the years that followed, and the cosmic sociology, the dark forest theory, the droplet, and the Sophon have left a deep imprint on my thoughts.

Faith: In Pursuit of Eternity in the Digital World

Our mission is to pursue the eternity of the digital world. Human beings are diverse in their pursuits; the desire for wealth, companionship and fame is part of human nature. The anticipation of the future helps make humans creative, but with it comes uncertainty and unreliability. Blockchain and smart contracts represent unbreakable rules that do away with humans’ fickle nature, transforming a non-transparent game between people into a transparent game based on rules. If the blockchain infrastructure could be completely decentralised, the impact on the human organizational form would be revolutionary.

Total Value Locked in DeFi (Source: DeFi Llama)
Major Stablecoins by Marketcap (Source: Coingecko)
Daily Stablecoin Transfer Volume (Source: Dune Analytics)

Looking Ahead: The Fusion of Humanism and Machine Rules

The blockchain world differs from the human world in many ways; it is a paranoid rule-driven trust machine. In theory, blockchain should be the underlying driver for all natively digital assets, encompassing financial activities, virtual assets, and even social and broader data and information flows. Admittedly, the current performance of blockchain can only barely support limited applications such as DeFi, but we believe that applications and infrastructure are spiralling upwards.

Conclusion: Be a Partner of the Believers

At the beginning of 2018, I co-founded ARPA with my partners to work on using cryptography to develop applications such as private data sharing, on-chain random number generation, and BLS aggregated signatures. Along the way, ARPA participated in establishing several international standards for privacy computing, creating many firsts. We also have an industry-leading architecture for verifiable random numbers and BLS aggregated threshold signatures.

About ARPA

ARPA is a blockchain-based solution for privacy-preserving computation, enabled by Multi-Party Computation (“MPC”). Founded in April 2018, the goal of ARPA is to separate data utility from ownership and enable data renting. ARPA’s MPC protocol creates ways for multiple entities to collaboratively analyze data and extract data synergies while keeping each party’s data input private and secure. ARPA allows secret sharing of private data, and the correctness of computation is verifiable using the information-theoretic Message Authentication Code (MAC).



ARPA is a privacy-preserving blockchain infrastructure enabled by MPC. Learn more at arpachain.io

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ARPA is a privacy-preserving blockchain infrastructure enabled by MPC. Learn more at arpachain.io