Intelligence Layer

Hives allow for a hybrid approach to AI Systems and Models for use in the AI Protocol Ecosystem

AI Protocol's V3 Evolution

With the upgrade to V3, the AI Protocol allows for the creation of Hives.

When an ALI Agent and a Level 5 Intelligence Pod are fused together, a Level 5 ALI Agent is created. A Level 5 ALI Agent can be immutably recorded into the Hive Registry smart contract, producing a Hive, with its own Hive-Native utility token, with the ability to both create a Liquidity Pool and to execute Hive Token airdrops.

A Hive is an AI system that allows ALI Agents to have decentralized access to AI models and data, storage, compute power, and other resources - by enabling trustless coordination between various on-chain and off-chain components of the AI Protocol. In order for a Hive to perform its functions, it requires a variety of smart contracts and tokenized assets to self-execute a system of complex programs and on-chain events. Hives are capable of curating the provision of compute and storage power, represented by Intelligence Pods and ARKIVs respectively, processing complex AI systems, models, and data I/O, and in turn providing these AI Services to ALI Agents to consume. These same Hives are also capable of processing the complex transactions of AI Protocol-compatible assets, ALI, ETH, and Hive-Native Tokens, distributing them as rewards to the various participants in the Hive ecosystem in relation to the resources they provide and consume.

Below is a blueprint of a Hive and how it intersects with other Protocol-compatible assets in this comprehensive ecosystem - allowing for agentic and generative AI to leverage blockchain technology with embedded liquidity - the first decentralized AI system architecture like it in the world.

The architecture of a Hive

As a system, every Hive has the following components:

  • Native ERC-20 Utility Token: Every Hive’s ecosystem is underpinned by its own utility token. The Hive’s utility token enables leveraging tokenomics to kickstart and reward resource contribution and participation within its ecosystem. The utility token also acts as a medium for facilitating governance, payments, distribution of rewards, and incentivizing creation of assets that can help increase the utilization of the Hive.

  • Hive Smart Contracts: At the heart of a Hive lies a sophisticated set of smart contracts, each tailored to fulfill specific roles within the ecosystem.

  • Hive Registry Contract: This smart contract enables the creation of new Hives, maintains an on-chain record of all the Hives and their details, enables ERC-721 tokens to register as ALI Agents, enables Assets to be linked to a Hive and keeps an on-chain record of those links.

  • Hive Payments Contract: This contract allows ALI Agents to pay for utilizing the resources of Hive in a private and decentralized manner.

  • Hive Reward Distributor: This contract is designed to issue rewards to those contributing their resources (GPUs, AI Models, Storage, Datasets) to the Hive.

  • Asset Minter Contracts: Unique digital assets, such as AI models and datasets, can be minted through these smart contracts by any ALI Agent, thereby assigning value and ownership in a secure manner.

  • Decentralized Inference Cluster: each Hive has a crowdsourced cluster of GPUs operating off-chain that fulfills inference requests from ALI Agents by running AI models. The Hive’s Creator is given the necessary permissions to run and manage the Hive’s Inference Cluster while any other Agent can pay for and directly send inference requests to it.

  • Decentralized Storage Cluster: Parallel to the computational infrastructure, each Hive has an off-chain distributed cluster of crowdsourced storage units. The storage cluster is also run and managed by the Level 5 ALI Agent that created the Hive. This storage cluster provides a decentralized solution for storing data to the Hive’s participants.

  • Tokenized Digital Assets: A variety of digital assets can be a part of a Hive’s ecosystem. These assets, such as the Intelligence Pods, ARKIVs, AI Models, Datasets, etc., are not only critical to the creation of a Hive but also the provision and utilization of its resources. Each digital asset, like an AI Model or an Intelligence Pod, can only be a part of one Hive at a time - enabling on-chain tracking and payments to their owners.

  • ALI Agents: the entire purpose of a Hive is to enable ALI Agents to have decentralized access to AI, storage, and other resources within the AI Protocol. A Hive needs ALI Agents in order to grow and thrive.

The Unique Modularization Of ALI Agents

One important differentiation between ALI Agents and other digital assets that participate in a Hive’s ecosystem is that ALI Agents are not linked directly to any individual Hive - rather, they have the freedom to pay for and access any Hive’s resources. Other on-chain and off-chain assets, on the other hand, like an AI Model, dataset, ARKIV, or an Intelligence Pod - must be directly connected with one asset or set of assets per Hive.

To understand how a Hive is able to use token incentives and smart contracts to coordinate onchain and offchain between a wide variety of participants, provide ALI Agents with decentralized access to AI and storage services, and perform its other functions, a review of the various components and functionalities of a Hive is needed in the following subsections.

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