Having worked on and built many centralized systems throughout my career, I noticed a huge flaw in our popular tech platforms (legacy tech). These platforms yield a great amount of central power and are inherently biased whether they realize it or not.

As many people responded to 2020 calls for social justice in the streets and through policy change worldwide, I started thinking of peaceful ways to better the world and the society we live in.

Like most millennials, I love Bitcoin. I purchased my first bitcoin in 2015 for the sole purpose of buying psychedelics on the popular Silk Road (S/o to Ross). Back then, I wasn’t thinking much about investing in bitcoin, but I was very curious about blockchain. Upon coming down from a Saturday evening trip, I listed all the possibilities that blockchain could unlock for humanity. Originally, my focus was democracy and finance. I have never once voted for anyone or anything in my life. I have zero trust in all available legacy voting systems/machines of the past. I firmly believed until the invention of blockchain that, there had been no true democracy in any part of the world. Even if a government/group of people decided to be very transparent and honest, there was always room for human error, so hand-counting/legacy machine voting wasn’t true democracy in my opinion.

Truth can be subjective.

Fast forward to 2020; the USA held a heavily contested presidential election (using legacy voting machines and ballot hand-counting). As results from various counties and states were being announced on various news channels and social platforms, I thought of solving our problems with blockchain. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook were at the center of dictating what’s true or false. I believe this approach is systematically flawed because how can it be that only tech company employees know what’s true or false?

I believe truth can be subjective. People, and even nations, can label anything as true/false for personal/national gain, so we really can’t take Facebook’s or Twitter’s truth as the only real truth.

I’ve spent the last few years taking various psychology courses, but I was mostly interested in networking or programming classes in college, so I was drawn to blockchain right away.

2020 was an emotional year for many, including myself. Around Q3, I decided to take a retreat back to the motherland – Africa. While on my one year retreat, I was also researching P2P marketplaces, services, and products in developing nations.

I was amazed at how fast people adopted peer-to-peer services in these nations. Jan 2021, I asked KaJ Labs Foundation’s Head of Research to look into all available blockchain protocols. By April 2021, we had a private test-net of our cross-chain DEX – LithoSwap.

I set up the KaJ Labs Foundation to be a leading Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) in the world of AI and Blockchain research. Our mission has always been to inspire future innovations. With Lithosphere, we aim to do just that in a hyper decentralized way. WE WANT TO DECENTRALIZE EVERYTHING.

Decentralizing everything will make the world a better place for all living things but, most importantly, for human beings. Decentralized blockchain projects like Ethereum have inspired me to focus my talents on this cause for the foreseeable future.

Lithosphere takes the torch / offers a helping hand to Ethereum, Cosmos, Polkadot, Chainlink, ICP, and other similar projects in the industry to further propel blockchain & Web3 through super interoperability.

Many people in the crypto space think that projects like Dfinity’s Internet computer protocol, Cosmos, or Polkadot specialize in interoperability while using a compatibility model. The main difference between interoperability and compatibility is that the communication between parachains in the compatibility model is made possible through a central Hub or protocol that forces a certain standard. Other chains have to stick to it to be part of the ecosystem. It seems that the top priority of these projects is more to replace Ethereum and attract new chains and projects to build on their platforms than it is to connect the different blockchains.

Lithosphere, on the other hand, uses a True Interoperability model based on cryptographic concepts. The Litho project aims to create ecosystems that facilitate trust-less decentralized communication between different blockchains.

More on that in the next post….