How Black People Leveraged Tech Bigotry to Boss the Blockchain Below the Radar

By the time Silicon Valley white privilege culture, tech magazines that promote only white faces, Ethereum/Bitcoin fanboys, sellout black tech wannabees and globalists promoting their blockchain consortium get a hold of this article, it’s already too late and the game already ended a while ago.

The African-American community with a global movement known as the Afro-Tech quietly mastered blockchain/distributed ledger technology several years ago to benefit urban communities. Because we African-Americans have our own urban communities, we are smart people and there is real demand for innovation, our people can quickly move forward with blockchain and go straight to market. We are so advanced and far ahead with blockchain, we are actively and rapidly iterating new innovation producing new Fourth Industrial Revolution patterns. Yep, African-Americans are way ahead of the pack on this blockchain stuff and this article is about to hurt some real feelings in the tech world status quo, trust me.

What you about to read is the awesome and beautiful thing about STEM because at the end of the day, real talent and true meritocracy rise to the top. In addition, over and over we see the same pattern in the United States of America where we see bigots in the tech industry trying to “white face” the scene and suppress other groups like African-Americans from STEM accomplishment and recognition while ignoring the reality we African-Americans are well-educated, well-motivated and well-networked to accomplish anything if we put in the work to make it happen. I mean, our people invented so much and accomplished so much throughout American history from post-slavery to modern times but somehow, we black people cannot write lines of code, really?

The biggest strategic mistake Silicon Valley and TechCrunch, Forbes, New York Times attempting to portray tech innovation as a white guy thing was failing to recognize technology only goes as far as the adopting ecosystem. You need a community and ecosystem that adopts and use your tech. And African-Americans have the best ecosystem for tech adoption more than any group situated in tight-knit, high-density urban communities — social media stats can prove this fact.

Before there was Facebook, there was BlackPlanet, and before there was Gawker, there was Urban Expose. Stuff CNBC and other media outlets don’t want to acknowledge. So as Techcrunch was creating that crazy silly blockchain web video with Guy Kawasaki (lol!) in it and that flimsy name-dropping “Blockchain Revolution” book was being published [fyi, that book is garbage], the African-American community has already been quietly working on blockchain/DLT technology and here is where this wonderful article begins.

Hacking the Consistent

Cyber attackers, hackers and data manipulators rely on one thing in order to be successful — consistency. And there is no pattern more consistent in America than being a white privileged bigot not wanting to see us black people included or recognized in any efforts to create a truly diverse competitive landscape.

There is nothing original, new or novel about being racist towards black people — deny blacks any recognition in mainstream media while promoting jokers and criminals, select a one or two black tokens like Tristan Walker to prop up and ignore the rest of blacks in tech and create fake gatekeeping “rules” like blacks need to be in the STEM pipeline or whatever. By the way, there is no such thing as an “IT pipeline” — the majority of uber-talent in tech out here are self-taught talent and majored in everything except computer science, don’t buy into the BS.

So, tech bigotry is consistent and nothing change because at the end of the day, the output is smiling white faces with no black representation, same basic linear hustle to keep blacks excluded from opportunities.

From my experience, as uber-talent in this tech sector, the bigoted suppression of blacks is basically rooted in white male privilege fear of black success. Because everybody pay attention when we black folks go out against the odds and end up winning. Silicon Valley don’t want you guys out there to see Jessie Owens beat Germany in the 1936 Olympics because they saw how you loved Jessie Owens after that. Silicon Valley don’t want you guys to see Joe Louis beat James Braddock because they saw how America quickly celebrated The Brown Bomber. Silicon Valley is so damn scared of a black tech hero coming in and kicking their bigoted ass out the tech scene and see you guys celebrate our wins and that’s why Silicon Valley stuff like Fast Company and San Jose Mercury News work hard to keep blacks out of any tech media coverage unless the black is engaged in “permissioned innovation” some VC firm pre-screened and approved of.

Permissioned innovation is where Silicon Valley find black tokens or sellout to prop up with ‘millions in VC funding” to promote headlines and create some fake tech success story like Tristan Walker which is probably one of the biggest fake news jokes ever in tech. Please don’t waste your time trying to defend a mediocre token clown like Tristan Walker because if this article is about the blockchain then obviously we got blacks out here doing a little more in tech than peddling subscription razors, thank you. And that’s the strategy — Silicon Valley wants to tell us blacks what to do like “learn to code” just to make us coders with coding jobs or they throw millions funding some silly tech cornball with their “black only” business model that has no scalability like peddling hair weave to black women like Mayvenn — permissioned innovation hoping to keep us blacks in our place in the tech world.

The Afro-Tech operates on a basis of permissionless innovation — we do not need pre-approval to be black and innovative in tech and as for me, I been doing advanced and epic Internet tech stuff since 1994 so I’m not exactly someone that is easily impressed by an “ex-Google engineer” like the rest of yall, just saying. And permissionless innovation is a beautiful thing when it comes to tech diversity because African-Americans do have value to contribute and it is a shame people in Silicon Valley keep working to deny and exclude black people out of fear while hurting the whole innovation landscape.

But like any smart hacker, black tech talent like me learned to leverage tech bigotry to allow us to work on stuff like the blockchain knowing we would not get any attention to distract us. Well, too bad Silicon Valley couldn’t successfully exclude us black people from the blockchain so let’s talk about what we African-Americans learned and what we done with blockchain technology.

What We Discovered About Blockchain

The Afro-Tech approached blockchain and distributed ledger as how it will affect African-Americans in everyday living. Historically, African-Americans have more experience engaging in value bartering and using virtual currency such as food stamps or WIC vouchers as a culture so blockchain sound interesting. So we had this advantage from our own community to research blockchain against while everybody else pretended to be a know-it-all on Reddit.

There is one thing we have to keep in mind — African-Americans have high-density capability and motivation to instantly adopt new paradigm shifts because the current paradigm shifts are discriminatory towards African-Americans. For example, a peer-to-peer lending model on a blockchain DLT may be hipster in the suburbs but in an African-American community where predatory lending is rampant, peer-to-peer lending via blockchain DLT will be quickly accepted as a new channel and a necessity to break free from the current predatory lending traps.

So here is what we learned about the blockchain and DLT technology, brace yourself for the following disruptive talking points.

Blockchain/DLT Destroys Utility Patents. For some reason, this is the one major disruptive factor you are not seeing discussed about the blockchain which I find interesting. Not only are the existing utility patents basically worthless with blockchain operating on distributed computing and workflow, we can argue blockchain may have destroyed the whole utility patent concept to null. You cannot utility patent distributed computing because the workflow is unpredictable and can only be described in a broad sense. Some of the so-called “blockchain patents” I’m seeing being put out there is laughable and a waste of time and won’t last a day of effectiveness after it is approved. I can disclose right now — our blockchain/DLT approach renders almost 99.9% of all software utility patents to inert status.

Trustless is Not a Human Nature. Bitcoin and Ethereum prides itself and boast about this term “trustless” but this reveals they know little about real-world transactions. The only time a person want to do a “trustless” transaction is when they are doing illicit activities such as human trafficking, drug dealing, money laundering or child pornography trafficking when both parties don’t trust each other or don’t want to know each other. In the real human world, genuine “trust” comes with the risk the deal can fall through — that is the risk and excitement of doing business, the chance factor and having faith it will go through and seeing that faith fulfilled to know the world is still full of good people. If I buy a product from overseas in China, I’m having faith the shipper will operate on good faith but scared of being ripped off, that’s what make me human. I don’t want a world where “trustless” is enforced, that’s boring. I hope the Bitcoin and Ethereum fanboys understand this point to know why they are fatally flawed promoting “trustless” and why they will never reach critical mass using trustless as a paradigm.

Consensus is Hypocritical to Trustless. First of all, no enterprise is going to base any transaction or operation on “50% or greater consensus” among externals nodes or people. This was one of the blatherings that made me chuckle where someone ran out of ideas and made this consensus crap up in their Bitcoin whitepaper. Why would someone say “trustless” in one breath then say “consensus” in the same paradigm? In addition, we saw incident like the DAO proving certain individuals can create their own “consensus” if they want to proceed their own way. The only level of consensus in real business is 100%, either the money count is right or we start over and start counting again. A better approach to consensus is personal responsibility through interrogation and something called trusting your gut. When you listen to how robotic these guys talk about transactions, you cannot help but laugh if you are a fintech expert, sorry.

Decentralization is Fake News. This is my favorite one, where the architecture claim to be decentralized but at the end of the day, all of the blocks are updated in a centralized location every 10 minutes. The decentralization conversation in blockchain is more of a libertarian ideology than information architecture — most of the people talking about decentralization are libertarian quacks rallying up thoughts of not being beholden to tyranny and has nothing to do with actually implementing decentralized networks. While it is possible to create a true peer-to-peer decentralize network, the issue is the Tragedy of the Commons. Here is my expert opinion — when you hear people like the Ethereum guy talk about decentralization, what they really saying is they don’t want to put personal skin in the game and support the product they want you to consume, just calling it like it is.

Code is Law Garbage. This statement alone is why Ethereum is a failure in denial. One of the rules in creating your own platform is never create your own code ecosystem because everybody else spend decades perfecting their code ecosystem so leverage what already out there. It cost billions, cost years and distract from the core mission trying to create your own code ecosystem. Things such as on-chain smart contracts and code on the blockchain is the most idiotic teenager script kiddie nonsense I’ve seen in my 20+ years of this Internet stuff, seriously. See, what Ethereum did is basically created a closed-world video game when everybody is out there playing open-world maps and user-created maps and mods. The blockchain should have just been a blockchain, nothing more and that is where Ethereum fundamentally failed years ago but is currently pretending they scaling somewhere special when they will never go anywhere promoting “code is law” and pushing out some JavaScript script kiddie crap.

Why Virtual Currencies Keep D-Riding the US Dollar? Ever notice when you see someone talking about Bitcoin, they are pegging it to the value of the US Dollar? Or they talk about how Ether is worth this much in the US Dollar? Because the truth is, these are not true virtual currencies but currency manipulation schemes to move the US dollar into quasi-instruments. True virtual currency has intrinsic value that cannot be measured in fiat currency but these cryptocurrencies are not virtual currencies. What is really the true technology for the future is not virtual currency but augmented currency, where you transform a fiat currency into a digital representation the same way the US dollar was based on the gold standard. Augmented currency is the true approach and the right approach, not virtual currency. But Bitcoin and Ether is being marketed as virtual currency in the news and blogs while being exploited as augmented currency instruments by currency manipulators looking to skirt financial laws.

Blockchain Need to be Standardized Myth. This is one of the silliest things I also hear going around fintech/enterprise use case for blockchain. The blockchain is service-orientated architecture like XML web services where XML is not “standardized” and neither is the delivery. The XML schema is agreed upon and enforced by XSLT rules and this is the same concept of blockchains and distributed ledgers. There will never be one “standardized” blockchain because the dynamics will change due to competitiveness. What is there to “standardized” — the encryption level or method? The message inside the envelope and distribution method for a distributed ledger can be anything as long as it is the agreed standard between the parties involved. The fact blockchain cannot be standardized is what makes the blockchain so disruptive.

Lose It Forever. Why are we even entertaining any platform that does not self-heal or have resiliency? If someone steal someone else keys, they cannot recover? This is where the crappy cobbled information architecture of Bitcoin and Ethereum clearly failed and DOA and this failure point is a denial of their fanboys. A recovery model could have been included but it requires a central authority but again, why are there anybody promoting decentralization and Tragedy of the Commons as a good thing? No one at critical mass level is going to accept a “lose it forever” proposition for a platform when existing operations like card payment providers have the ability to provide resiliency and recovery of lost accounts or compromised accounts.

Not Fourth Industrial Ready. The Satoshi cobbled piece of work called a Bitcoin white paper was written in the 20th century and a lot changed in the 21st century such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a new paradigm of commerce will be called “A-commerce” and this is transactions between AI entities with no human involvement. For example, somewhere in Africa, an AI-driven solar battery plant can broker energy between villages AI-based power plants and bid/ask based on “efficiency credits” with no human involvement. Or a retail store can have an AI that hire human temp works from an AI human recruiter to perform instructed tasks during the holiday season. These are not made-up scenarios — these “A-commerce” transactions will be executed a real blockchain system but Ethereum and Bitcoin is too archaic with their mining and proof of work crap to even carry out Fourth Industrial Revolution models making them basically a worthless novelty just waiting on the right solution to replace them.

So as you see, the Afro-Tech already played with and evaluated and realize this Bitcoin or Ethereum stuff is not the business and not Fourth Industrial Revolution ready to handle the real opportunities ahead of us. But Silicon Valley racism and tech bigoty wants to badly portray that image of the young white “tech whiz” kid like Vitalik Buterin and splash his face around like they did Mark Zuckerberg. See, this is the “consistency” I explained earlier where tech bigotry is so linear and predictable and what African-Americans can leverage by staying below the radar and deliver our own solution without being detected because Silicon Valley is so hell bent on just splashing a young white male face as the face of tech. With that said, here is what we can show and tell today what we did with the blockchain.

Our Blockchain Approach

Our blockchain approach and what was shared and worked with among fellow African-American for over a year is basically straight-forward and one of my information architecture styles is design minimalism and leave spaces open for interpretation.

Natural Language. There is no need in the 21st century to create “code is law” or place any txIn or txOut in a blockchain ledger and this is archaic and basically stupid and backwards. The only thing that should have been placed in a message is simple language that can be parsed by a human or a bot. Yeah, it’s sad to observe Vitalik Buterin script kiddie mind making this blockchain thing over-complicated for no reason — it takes years of real-world experience to cut through the BS, tho. The statement “create gym membership account for 12323” is a natural language statement that can be understood by a person and also readable by a bot with all parties digitally signing to agree to execute and carry out the statement. And you can have any developer using their existing language preference from C# to Java to Facebook chatbots to build their own bots to simply parse the statement from the blockchain and sign with keys. In addition, the statement can be written in any language from French to German to Italian and so on, why these other guys made this part of the blockchain overcomplicated, I really don’t know. Furthermore, the statement can be written in Fourth Industrial Revolution binary bot-to-bot language if you think about it.

Bot-Driven. The bots operate like agents and web crawlers that fetch a document at an interval, scan it and validate it and parse it and execute valid statements. Bots are hyper-easy to create with just Console Apps or a scripting that calls APIs and execute necessary functions. The bot will have its own keys to sign statements and keep in mind you can simply parse statements using regular expressions and there is nothing complex here at all. I created bots that read statements to send out a download to an individual or send coupons to individuals or print a receipt which means that your bot can program against IoT devices or any networked device. So leveraging natural language advances the Afro-Tech to already engage in smart city, smart home and smart corporation level in this blockchain game while we laughing at all the Ethereum script kiddie “pilot” projects we seeing published and hyped on tech media.

Alpha Omega Strains. The blockchain ledger do not need to be one long list from the beginning of time. You can create your own blockchain that is based on a specific area and it can be a separate entity. This is another one of those confusing information architecture things that I see throughout my career in IT where someone written code that appends a new line to a log file and they leave the company and years later, we looking at a 3GB log file with some software attempting to parse that huge 3GB file slowing everything down. Always create a “new file” for a new campaign. This is actually one of the beautiful things we discovered and let me tell you why. We can create a blockchain for a pop-up shop that runs for a month — that blockchain strain can be re-used or leveraged in the future to help create another pop-up shop by looking at the natural language commands and the timeline. Since the pop-up ledger is encrypted, it can be “sold” as a research guide to another pop-up operation to review the details. We will be doing this a lot in the African-American community, sharing our blockchain hustle ledger among each other, by the way. So instead of one long ledger, ledgers are broken up into campaigns and themes and this is important for the pop-up example I just stated.

So basically, we black people are using natural language, bots and data strains in our blockchains to advance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution while Ethereum and Bitcoin still got old TxIn stuff and “code is law” crap while currency manipulating their crypto-coins against the US Dollar, how nice.

Yep, We Are Just Way Ahead of You

To understand how far ahead African-Americans have traveled in the blockchain paradigm, we have to explain some concepts about blockchain that has not been discussed before. The real killer use case of blockchain is not fintech; the real killer use case of blockchain will be retail technology. Retail stores are suffering right now but we are predicting a new paradigm of blockchain-based stores that will engaged in another Fourth Industrial Revolution called C-commerce or crypto-commerce which is under the paradigm of cryptonomics.

Cryptonomics will be driven by a system known as a “cryptosystem” and this is the real term that others refer to as “blockchain” or “distributed ledger technology” in a generic sense. A cryptosystem is comprised of cryptographic patterns and procedures such as PKI management, digital signing, Merkle tree or the blockchain ledgers and distributed ledgers. Our cryptosystems also comprised of bots who will be the servicer of statements contained in the ledger. Wow, we black folks are so far ahead in this blockchain stuff, we defining the terms already like “cryptonomics” and “cryptosystems” to the rest of the world out there, that’s pretty cool.

I think you guys seen enough people blabbing about blockchain and what it can do so let’s take it to another level — we going to show and tell pictures to show you examples of cryptosystems where you can understand how African-Americans quietly now leading this blockchain movement forward and been already in the mix.

Distributed Cube Shop Model

Cube shops are popular in high-density areas throughout Asia where a micro-tenant can rent out a micro-space on consignment and sell their products or service. It was discussed for a while among the black community cube shops would work in high-density African-American communities and we went to work. I have to thank our connect in Singapore who assisted us in this — see, Silicon Valley don’t realize we black folks work with everybody around the world on tech while they trying to discriminate against us, ha.

What we created in the photo above is an upcoming cryptosystem model called a “distributed cube shop” that allow contracts to lease a cube be written on a blockchain and the sale and transfer of asset from the cube is handled via the blockchain. One bot can manage tens of thousands of cubes across Asia as well as in African-American communities and this bot can do this autonomously. Natural language is “buy product ABC from cube XYZ” or “setup customer CDE in cube JKL” on the blockchain. This model was already demonstrated to African-Americans so sorry, this not a concept or theory. This model will help create micro-merchants in the black community and promote a culture of entrepreneurship. And expand out to Asia to get the money up.

Crypto-Shipping

This shipping model may look generic but will explain the diagram above. This is a blind shipping cryptosystem that leverage the gig economy where the person pick up the package deliver to a central location to be sorted and handed to another person to do the drop off. All of the activity and the tracking is on the blockchain to keep everybody aware of the shipping progress. This implementation can be done to quickly provide jobs in the inner city to take over delivery of packages.

Prepaid Execution Cards

The photo above is not a stored value or prepaid card and does not fall under MSB because it is natural language execution. You are looking at a PVC prepaid card and a rack of postcards that perform prepaid executions on the blockchain to trigger a bot to carry out a specific task. Natural language statements examples such as “download album #8832” or “take ABC to airport” make it easy for entrepreneurs to get up and running.

These cards are going to be positioned throughout the African-American community to allow entrepreneurs in the black community offer products or services and make it accessible for members in the community to buy these prepaid executions.

With this prepaid execution model, we created an ecosystem that allow local business to create and sell prepaid blockchain cards that can be sold in local nearby stores. In addition and this is the beautiful thing, we enabled someone who has no job and hard on money in the hood start creating revenue based on value they can offer. So someone who lost their job or need extra income can create prepaid cards that offer services or sell products and distribute these cards among shops as a revenue stream.

These are the things we African-Americans worked on with the blockchain technology and will continue to contribute more technology innovation while Fast Company magazine is currently struggling to figure out what white person face they want to put on their next month magazine cover.

Moving Forward and Ahead

African-American has long been talented innovators and contributors to society and this is a fact is being actively denied by a Silicon Valley culture that wish to promote only white male faces. One of the technologies Silicon Valley wanted to badly slap a white face on is blockchain technology and the world has been officially notified that we African-Americans already advanced far enough with blockchain technology to prevent Silicon Valley from whitewashing the distributed ledger technology.

In fact, we are years ahead of Bitcoin and Ethereum where those blockchain platforms should be considered obsolete due to not being Fourth Industrial Revolution facing or capable of scaling to any realistic critical mass level. Meanwhile in comparison, the Afro-Tech blockchain solutions are already moving into the critical mass marketplace as you are reading this into black communities throughout the United States starting with Atlanta, Georgia. Our blockchain already done real world trials with our blockchain, our blockchain has been in several blockchain hackathons including the recent one in Dubai so I guess that “theory” thing ain’t going to fly here — we real world with this, baby.

African-American are going to take ownership of technology innovation and we not putting up anymore with bigots trying to hold us back in tech. Black people will not be “tokenized” by Silicon Valley as a solution to diversity in tech or allow Silicon Valley VCs restrain us through permissioned innovation telling us to peddle razor blade subscription packages as a business model. Instead, we African-Americans are going to rise up like we always do and overcome and win. At the end of the day, it our determination, talent, skills and overcoming barriers that people worldwide love about us African-Americans.

This is just another chapter in black history and another beautiful STEM story of how our African-American people always prevail over these bigots and render their software utility patents useless when they try to hold us black people back from what we are destined to become winners at.


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