Hey fellow stackers & builders!
Lately I've had my head down working on a few initiatives that I'd like to share!
TLDR: CASCDR is like Zapier on open protocols. We use lightning for v4v APIs & nostr for discovery/reputation. We just added a new YouTube Agent that can summarize or write a post for 1hr+ YouTube videos!
I initially made the CASCDR workflow builder for the bolt.fun Legends of Lightning Hackathon. There, I was able to build a UI and 6 fundamental L402 Paid Lightning APIs including:
- 🧠 General Purpose LLM (GPT)
- 👁️ AI Image Analysis Capabilities
- 🖼️ Text to Image Generation
- 🗣️ AI Voice-to-Text Transcriptions
- 🎥 Youtube Video Extraction
- 💾 Storage
CASCDR can take any of these services and combine them in a workflow or consume them individually (screenshot of anonymous ChatGPT use case):
The API marketplace network CASCDR is a part of is as open as I could make it on a first pass with plans to make it more open. Anyone can create an API service using the templates we've made and broadcast those services on Nostr where any client (of which CASCDR is just 1) can purchase them anonymously on the user's behalf with lightning. Buyers that value privacy and the ability to only pay for what they use could pick up those services and use them as building blocks.
At the conclusion of the hackathon I saw many possibilities and the challenge was figuring out where exactly to take the project next. The challenge with projects like this is that they are two sided markets & require both robust buyer & seller market.
I realized I was going a little too much into the theoretical and I wanted to ground my project in some concrete use cases. Being that I am privileged to be a member of @PlebLab, I have access to a supportive community of people that will give me the feedback I need to craft this into a high quality project.
After doing research on state of the art AI techniques & speaking with prospective users (mostly in Pleblab), I wanted to create a productivity tool that simplifies the lives of content creators with two primary users in mind:
The idea is to help them quickly and easily do research, process huge amounts of content, or review their own material in order to create more content that we all enjoy. The initial results and reaction has been quite positive!
I consider this release to be an alpha that is slightly embarrassing. I plan to make numerous UX improvements over the coming week. Try it out and let me know your thoughts!
Additionally, I plan to add a bot that can monitor a given YouTube channel and provide content to your email or nostr inbox as it comes in.
StartOS Package for Vendors
I am pleased to announce that I will soon be submitting an StartOS package that allows users to stack sats by proxying requests with their OpenAI key. The current iteration connects to the LND node running on the device and generates invoices on behalf of the seller as requests for proxy come in.
This version is a first pass that just proxies requests to GPT3.5. I plan to add the following on future iterations:
- OpenAI Embeddings
- ChatGPT Vision
- FreeGPT services (S9 package)[https://marketplace.start9.com/marketplace/freegpt]
All of these services will be available over TOR and will allow clients such as CASCDR to scale horizontally, decentralize the network, and create an anonymity set that throws a wrench into the Orwellian plans of companies like OpenAI.
Other Odds & Ends
- Currently CASCDR has predefined workflows but I am about 50% done with a solution that will allow users to create custom workflows. I put this on pause in pursuit of immediately user facing applications and plan to pick it up later when it is strategically prudent.
- I am onboarding a new dev who has never used lightning or nostr! He is a quick study and I expect him to start making major waves in the coming weeks!
- And of course more services such as SMS4Sats, proxies, nostr scrapers, and more!
Check out the project! All feedback is appreciated!