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Moral Innovator Perspectives on Blockchains

Blockchains represent the computer hardware and software behind the bitcoins application. It is one of the hottest topics in the technology world today. Knowing we may step into stereotypes, it is instructive to observe blockchains from a moral innovation perspective to observe how humanity is changing.

To define a blockchain in its most basic form, it is the ability to communicate (from sender to receiver) information that can be valued by the sender and the receiver which define an application (such as bitcoin as a currency). The communications process itself uses the cloud to connect multiple servers with data that can be interpreted from one server to the next using encryption. The combination of not knowing how many servers in what configuration in this process, along with the encryption technology among each pair of servers make this “blockchain” impossible to hack with what we know today.

In a school, the most sensitive information include the student health records (i.e. HIPAA compliance) and transcripts. A blockchain application in a school could be the school issuing “coins” to students to carry their transcript wherever they go, without having to request a transcript from the school, as long as the recipient of the transcript (e.g. a college) accepts the transcript protected by the blockchain.

Even though customized blockchains can work now, it can be very expensive – too expensive for applications like transcripts. To achieve economy of scale, blockchain applications require an infrastructure with standardized protocols and/or very large transactions like movements of currencies. It is similar but not exactly comparable to the Internet released by DARPA in the 20th century, waiting for HTML(language) and IP (communication protocol) to emerge.

From a Moral Innovator perspective, the values of over 90% of humanity come from Christians, Muslims, Indians and Chinese. Christians and Muslims follow monotheistic values where Christians drive innovations. Indians and Chinese follow community based moral values where Chinese drive trade. (Humans cannot live off morality alone because morality does not feed us.) Less than 10% of humanity lives outside these four communities, the largest of whom are the Japanese. As outliers, Japanese have demonstrated that they can sacrifice their culture such as shogunate in order to emulate the Christian innovations to the extreme. It was the Japanese that delivered the greatest intensity of massacre during the second world war – more intense than the holocaust – when over 300,000 mostly women and children were killed over a 50 day period in 1937. About 100,000 additional Chinese were victims of chemical warfare experiments, the most notorious the unit 731 battalion based in Harbin, China. What makes this worse is the fact that war criminals are still celebrated in the Yasukuni Shrine in Japan today.

Even though blockchains started in the 1990s, it was the Japanese that introduced the bitcoin application in 2008. Large companies like IBM and Google seek the very large transactions (such as payment for the millions of barrels of oil transacted everyday) or the elusive “Big Data.” Without any infrastructure, Christians especially associated with Silicon Valley propelled progress of this innovation after 2008. As a potential instrument of trade to support their One Belt One Road initiative, China is working very hard to suppress the volume of activities through Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) because the infrastructure simply does not exist. Germany is just now beginning to see ICOs and travelling to Silicon Valley to explore how blockchains can correlate to product qualify from standardized processes where the Germans excel. ICO valuation, as described by a Venture Capitalist, is “way out there.”

Without confidence on our innate morality, and without knowledge of a visible path to scalability, Moral Innovators need to focus on the value of the applications that come close to being accepted by coin buyers and sellers. As of April 2018, no compelling visible path exists for any ICO.

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Moral Innovators perspectives on Hope

Globalization is a fact of life today. Country borders can no longer sustain a separation of humans by citizenship when laws cannot be comprehensively applied on a consistent basis. Humanity, as a whole, is pursuing more extreme measures to achieve short term goals that will lead to self-destruction.

Followers of abrahamic religions (Jews, Christians and Muslims) are waiting for the coming of a savior after most humans kill each other. Chinese and Indians continue to focus within their regional civilizations, with China branching out to focus on global trade to accumulate wealth (i.e. not conquest) by repeating the silk road with one belt one road. To the Chinese, the only humans on earth are Chinese. Everyone else are ghosts. The size of China attracts global attention. Japan’s efforts since 1987 to build territorial coast lines by claiming tiny reef rocks near Okinotori in the Philippine Sea is left unnoticed.

To change course from these self-fulfilling prophecies of destruction, let us thrive with knowledge of our places in the world. We need to do the right things to make our world better, not imposing views onto others with threats of destruction or hell. For thousands of years, Chinese and Indians live moral lives so they can re-incarnate into higher forms of living. These are internally focused, not imposing views onto others. Iranian prophet Zoroaster predates the Old Testament in the pursuit of monotheism that evolved through Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The reliance on spirituality (which cannot be seen as a mental, not physical, force) drove evangelism, imposing views onto others to self-aggrandize faith.

Morality must not be imposed onto our children. Unfortunately, there is no curriculum that teaches morality to our children. Almost all of our children learn morality from parents and/or through faith. Christian Catholics baptize their babies right after birth, while Christian Protestants have started to evangelize Bible as a perfect document despite its inherent inconsistencies. Muslim umma discourages followers from leaving the faith under the penalty of death. Chinese and Indians discipline their children to teach them values that, for example, have led to the reputation of “tiger mom.” In other words, our children grow up with morality imposed upon them.

One way to introduce morality to our children is to illustrate morality through history. Let us highlight the immoral Opium Wars against China, or the American destruction of Native American civilizations accompanied by African slavery. USA would not have industrialized as fast without slaves, and Europe would not have advanced as fast without the 70,000 tons of silver taken from China by force and opium.
Let us also introduce both evolution and creation to our children. Encourage them to explore their own values. Some will pursue faith, and some will follow evolution for their own reasons. Hope supported by motivation will likely emerge as a common objective for all humans. For the 1-2 billions of starving humans today, their hope is any path to fill their stomachs. The major challenge is to encourage constructive hope based on opportunities, not faith based destructive suicide bomber mentality. For the majority of the remaining 5-6 billion humans, hope can guide us towards moral behavior, especially if introduced at an early age and collectively reinforced by a moderate (not extreme) level of faith. Prayer can be constructive, as long as we donot blindly follow faith, and we continue to work hard.

This blog is also to celebrate my child who is named “hope.”

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Why we need to incubate Moral Innovators

44-231 million humans died due to wars and conflicts in the 20th century, while 1 billion (or 15% of all) humans living below the poverty line barely survive and sometimes die for their families. 4 billion or 60% of humans follow guidance from Islam or Christianity. However, Muslims’ interpreted message from the Koran is to send non-Muslims to eternal hell, and Christians’ interpreted message from the Bible is to send non-Christians to eternal hell. To avoid all of us being condemned to eternal hell even though 3 billion or 40% of humans do not follow Islam or Christianity, Martin Luther King Jr. & Mahatma Gandhi appealed to our morality with the Golden Rule: Do unto others what you want others to do unto you.

The Golden Rule does not feed us. Our hard work contributes to our nation’s economic output and GDP is a reflection of our standard of living. For more than 1800 years, China had one of the world’s highest standard of living, with 35% of the Global GDP (GGDP) in the year 1820. USA’s share of GGDP between the years 1950 to 2001 was 32% to 35%, even as globalization (e.g. Japan produced cars in USA) made GGDP % less meaningful after China’s open economy started in 1978. This shift between 1820 and 1950 was driven by innovations. Christian-led industrialization included cannons and government-backed monopolies that focused on profit and often ignored moral foundations by, for example, forcing opium import into China to take >70,000 tons of gold and silver. Japan ravaged and looted Asian neighbors during Second World War when convicted war criminals forced prostitution, tested chemical weapons on humans, and massacred up to 300,000 unarmed civilians in a 40-day siege of Nanjing, China.

Innovate with the Golden Rule defines a Moral Innovations framework that requires knowledge through education. In today’s internet world, we have data that take time to convert into knowledge. USA’s Common Core based education system does not address our students’ decline in performance on a global scale. Educators have shown, through decades of international students in graduate schools, that we increase innovations when we study together. While there are already significant numbers of international students in our best graduate schools, we have seen more international undergraduates in the last 10 years, and starting to see high growth of international secondary school students in the USA.

USA’s share of GGDP has declined 12% points from 32% to 20% in the last 13 years and China has a strong economy again. The American Dream is alive and well, and USA still attracts plenty of students who aspire to become part of this Dream. Over time, international students can globalize this Dream.

Our appeal to morality in corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship initiatives have yet to reach (Malcolm Gladwell’s) tipping point. We have innovators turned philanthropists like Bill Gates who left a legacy of monopolistic business practices at Microsoft. We also have an increasing wealth gap partly due to the focus on short term profit from innovations that encourage moral short-cuts such as illicit drugs and the OPEC oligopolistic cartel. When motivated students and future role models stop the focus on maximizing short term profit, billions more of us can have hope and constructive dreams.

This is a call to donors, investors, contributors and followers who want to build a community of Moral Innovators that incubates and mentors future change leaders. Moral Innovation (MI) Club is the proposed incubator that follows the Golden Rule and helps motivated international students learn with disadvantaged students, supported by a community of mentors. MI Club is a long term, sustainable approach that gives us hope and increases our chances to realize our dreams. A community of Moral Innovators can change the world.

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