Building the Collective Digital Immune System CODIS

Technical Components of the Collective Digital Immune System CODIS

The integration of technological advances, specifically in the fields of decentralization and cryptography, provides scientists and entrepreneurs with the tools for transforming a hitherto conceptual approach of the collective digital immune system into a practical application. The Collective Digital Immune System CODIS will be usable by every individual with access to the internet, and health professionals, from scientists to physicians.

Here’s a summary of CODIS‘ technical components.

NOMIX Wallet

The NOMIX Wallet allows for search & discovery, computation on, and billing of CODIS data. It comes with a fully-fledged Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) functionality: individual and professional users can verifiably authenticate themselves digitally while being in full control of their data. This unique privacy feature supported by Compute-to-Data by Ocean Protocol makes the NOMIX Wallet fully compliant with EU laws and regulations. Integrated EVERKEY and EVERID mechanisms by Datarella allow for secure management of all data and recovery of potentially lost data, s.a. keyphrases (e.g. passwords) even in completely decentralised storage. Additionally, users receive NOMIX Reward tokens in their NOMIX Wallet as rewards for their active participation in creating and maintaining CODIS. This mechanism helps to maintain sustainable overall market growth.

NOMIX Autonomous Agents

Individual and professional users can make use of a variety of Autonomous Agents, s.a. Autonomous Privacy Agents (AMA) that autonomously safeguard user data and other data privacy compliant with GDPR, or Autonomous Search Agents (ASA) that search and discover for personal omics data, adding them to CODIS and analyse them in their contexts. Autonomous Agents improve automated data services to a degree that users themselves get a better understanding of their personal omics and how to leverage this knowledge to improve individual and overall health conditions. Autonomous Agents are powered by technology. In the long-term, Autonomous Agents will help to establish a privacy-preserving data environment, allowing users to pro-actively opt-in receiving personalized recommendations, rather than being targeted by unsolicited push services.

NOMIX Reward Tokens

Individual and professional NOMIX users can earn NOMIX ‘Nanos’ for a bunch of different CODIS data activities that can be converted into NOMIX Reward tokens, airdropped to the NOMIX Wallet. Activities include – among others – the provision of personal omics data, creating and sharing algorithms to compute on the CODIS data, etc. NOMIX tokens power the work of Autonomous Agents, i.e. they facilitate the communication between the NOMIX users; s.a. search & discovery, computation on, and billing of CODIS data. Autonomous Search and Privacy Agents will be fed with NOMIX tokens in order to allow for a privacy-preserving search and discovery, and contextualised way of safeguarding CODIS data. Some fraction of the NOMIX fees and Autonomous Agents fees are used to buy back NOMX and burn.

In short, the NOMIX reward token takes on the function of a lubricant for NOMIX: it rewards and incentivises individual and professional users to provide personal omics data to create and maintain CODIS, and, at the same time, provides a sustainable business model for CODIS-related services – based on a GDPR-compliant, privacy-preserving data management.

Building The Collective Digital Immune System CODIS

The immune system is a network of biological processes that protects an organism from diseases. It detects and responds to a wide variety of pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, as well as cancer cells and objects such as wood splinters, distinguishing them from the organism’s own healthy tissue.

In the same way as a biological immune system, the Collective Digital Immune System (CODIS) adapts over time, by observing the microbial landscape, detecting potential threats, and neutralizing them before they spread beyond control. This simple strategy – effectively tested over millions of years – can now start to be replicated with the combination of distributed sensor sequencing and applied tools of computation and analysis to the capture and interpretation of biological data (i.e. bioinformatics, or: biomarkers) where a network of autonomous agents acting as sequencing devices serves a real-time stream of microbial personal omics to a collective network for analysis.

Driven by a shift from single-reference genomics to more quantitative, population-wide analyses of personal omics, biology has moved beyond developing a qualitative understanding of cellular and evolutionary processes towards base-pair resolution and predictive models of biological systems and disease. A combination of improved biotechnology, machine learning algorithms, statistical models, and autonomous agents has been the key driver of this development.

The integration of other technological advances in the fields of decentralization and cryptography provides scientists and entrepreneurs with the tools for transforming a hitherto conceptual approach into a practical application – the Collective Digital Immune System CODIS. At NOMIX, we have been working on this intersection of biotechnology and computer technology and are looking forward to presenting the first version of CODIS in 2022.

We are NOMIX

Hello – this is NOMIX! We‘re building the collective digital immune system CODIS

We use decentralized artificial intelligence to build interfaces and applications to collect, share, and compute on personal omics data. By leveraging machine learning, advanced cryptography, and autonomous agents based on a Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) infrastructure, our blockchain-mediated collective learning system enables multiple stakeholders in the health sector to build a shared machine learning model without needing to rely on a central authority, and without revealing their datasets to other stakeholders. 

Our work is based on the core principles of eco-responsibility, sustainability, transparency, regulatory compliance, scalability, and reliability. Our team consists of experts in the fields of decentralised networks, cryptography, ML, autonomous agent networks, self-sovereign identity architectures, and longevity.