Decentralized service protocol Automata Network has announced its official launch, backed by a $1 million investment.

  • The seed funding round was co-led by various blockchain and decentralized protocol investors, including Genesis Block Ventures, IOSG Ventures and Sam Bankman-Fried's Alameda Research.
  • Automata Network provides what it calls "middleware-like" services for decentralized applications (dapps), helping them maintain privacy while allowing frictionless integration onto platforms like Ethereum and Polkadot.
  • The protocol harnesses a cryptographic scheme called "oblivious RAM" to conceal data access patterns, while its privacy relayer will offer functionalities such as tamper-proof data sourcing and anonymous voting.
  • Automata will attempt to "capture an immediate market demand for privacy-preserving DeFi applications without having to rewrite them," according to IOSG partner Xinshu Dong.
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