Tech + Cars

2022 will usher in a new fleet of electric transit vehicles on a global scale. Despite a major semiconductor chip shortage, car manufacturers are still marketing electric vehicles.

If you thought the DeLorean time machine was a marvel to behold; then wait to you see what major car manufacturers have planned for this year.

2022 BMW i4 Gran Coupe

https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/all-electric/i4/gran-coupe/overview.html

This year’s i4 Gran Coupe launch is sure not to disappoint. The all electric vehicle is apart of the fifth generation class of BMW advanced powered technology transit.

2022 Sony VISION-S 02

https://www.sony.com/en/SonyInfo/vision-s/

Sony, maker of PlayStation, unveiled VISION-S 02, one of its two fully electric vehicles, at CES 2022. The entertainment giant has officially entered the ev transit arena. No word, on availability of built-in PlayStation consoles in some models.

2022 Cadillac Lyriq

https://www.cadillac.com/electric/lyriq

Cadillac, an American Automobile Staple, has gone electric as well. The “Lyriq” features a 300 mile per charge battery. Although, the Lyriq is a far cry from the Cadillac’s most popular model the Escalade, its still can hold its own.

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Tech + Redlining

Redlining is the historical practice of systematically depriving resources and financial opportunities to residential neighborhoods that are highly populated with minorities.

Within these communities, taxpayers face obstacles when trying to secure home loans and homeowners insurance policies.

Mass transit tends to be expensive and operates on a very scarce schedule in redlined communities. Unlike, gentrified neighborhoods that offer free neighborhood energy-efficient shuttle bus rides (i.e. charm city circulator.)

Banks come few and far between in redlined communities. There are no coporate banks, community credit unions, community trust funds and no savings banks.

Illegal evictions rob legitimate homeowners of “due process” rights. The illegal seizure of homes only adds more fuel to the inhumane practice of redlining. Redlining is a crime!

Homeowners who are robbed of due process; are robbed of generational wealth. City landscapes, once vibrant and lively, are tarnished due to the abundance of vacant “dilapidated” homes, subsequently triggering urban blight.

Generational wealth creates safety nets for people. Redlining exposes people to the ruthlessness of life, life’s raw elements. We all know, “you can die from exposure.”

Out of Banks

The only thing close to a financial entity in redlined communities are “check cashing spots,” private atm’s and pawn shops. Trust me when I say, these type of establishment due more harm then good to residents trapped in redlined communities.

They charge high interest fees to cash personal or payroll checks. These businesses yield high returns because people don’t have any other options but to pay outrageous fees. Traveling to a traditional bank poses a hardship.

Therfore, members of these types of communities don’t posess any equity stake in their very own communities. Financial resources virtually don’t exist.

There is lack of healthy food options. In some communities, neighbors have to travel almost 10 miles to access fresh produce. Sure you can find small “mom and pop” shops, but these establishments have limited variety and little/no produce.

Many of these communities prohibit tax payers and home owners from growing food on their own property.

Greenlining

On the contrary, greenlining is the polar opposite of redlining. Predominantly “affulent” white communities have an abundancy banks, home owners insurance companies, blue ribbon schools and the list of amenities goes on.

You will never see red-light or speed cameras. No abundance of vacant houses because people can live in foreclosure status for decades in greenlined communities.

In greenlined communities, if a homeowner goes into foreclosure, they are not denied “due process.”

They are not immediately evicted from their property. Foreclosure doesn’t necessitate immediate eviction. Homeowners in these communities can file bankruptcy and remain int their homes for years.

Bankruptcy petitions stop Evictions

No, I am not suggesting that people should abuse a loop-hole in the housing system that affords home owners the ability to stop the eviction process by filing a petition in court, like bankruptcy, if they are facing foreclosure.

Sure wish I knew about this move a few years back. I guess I can’t dwell on the past too much.

No one gets a free ride in life (unless you live in fed hill), however, people do deserve “time” to get out of foreclosure.

Absolutely, no one deserves to be bamboozled out of their home and forced to vacate. It’s no wonder so many families end up in homeless shelters. Its a crime!

Just to be Clear

Redlining is not just a black or brown issue, some “poor” white neighborhoods, like historical pigtown in Baltimore, face redlining as well.

Pigtown sits on the outskirts of the Baltimore’s most attractive entertainment venues: camden yards, nfl stadium and horseshoe casino. Crime and drugs still riddles this community despite gentrification efforts.

“Give us our FREE”

Redlined communities are overwhelmed with drugs, murder and crime. Henceforth, why police surveillance is extremely prevelant. However, the police presence really does not deter the practice of crime.

From surveillance drones, red-light cameras, bullet detection radar and speed cameras; the tech is present in these disenfranchised communities, but who actually benefits from the technology?

Definitely not the residents of these “3rd world-like” communities. In fact, technology is often used to create more financial hardships in redlined communities.

Red light and speed cameras are disproportionately stationed in communities highly occupied by minorities. There sole intended purpose is to generate more revenue for local municipalities. Basically, its an easy way to suck money out of broken communities.

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Instead of investing in programs that offer free wifi and hot spots to redlined residents, money is being invested in infrastructure to hold people back (i.e. red light cameras.)

If street light surveillance cameras, speed and red-light cameras are operating on a vast underground network of fiber optics; why can’t municipalities tap into these modern-day frameworks and offer free wifi and hot spots to all redlined residents?

Technically, the infrastructure is there, it already exist. Why are redlined residents paying for internet services? It’s like paying a double tax.

Your time is Up

To my readers, try not to “make fun” of people from Baltimore. Baltimore is very shady and grimy town.

It is riddled with corruption and many people have fallen victim to bullets and greed.

If you have ever received an inheritance, allowance, business, horses, boats, vehicles, stocks, bonds, trust fund, contractor tools, bat mitzvah, jewels or “drug corner” real-estate from your “family’s generational wealth system” then consider yourself blessed.

But, don’t dare insist people need to me more self-sufficient. Don’t say people need to pull themsleves up by their bootstraps. The laces that you use to strap those boots were given to you. The boots were given to you. Some people come from absolutely nothing.

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Web3 and Me


If you are like me, you are wondering what the hell is web3?

More importantly, what does it have to do with me?

Well, just about everything. Web3 will eventually play a huge role in your life and my life.

The dawning of the new iteration of the internet is upon the billowing horizon.

Web3 will usher in more decentralized apps and blockchain networks, mass NFT and crypto adoption, fluid user experiences and tokenized stake shares for those seeking to capitalize on financial opportunities.

“Oh, how tangled the web we weave!”-WS

IoT

Web1 or “dial-up” internet as its better known; was the “dino-era” of the internet. It had its highs and lows. The early static pages that once ruled the “net” offered no user interaction.

It was a digital cagamerate of data arrays specifically designed for organizational and display purposes. User interaction functionality didnt exist. Essentially, it was just data sets on screens.

But, web1 did bring forth email compatibility. It was the early 90’s, what more can I say. If you wanted a more interactive experience, you would have to hop on “ole-ye- faithful” aka America On-Line. AOL was the mecca of the internet and the AOL chat rooms were definitely ‘poppin.’

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This early version of the internet was mainly powered by coding algorithms in CSS, HTML, C++ and a “lil-bit” of COBAL. Just naming a few “old-school” languages. Old, yet reliable.

A decade later comes along My Space, Facebook, and Twitter, the list goes on. Web2 (dot.com era) was the iteration of the internet that gave us social media platforms, service apps and e- commerce sites.

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Now, this is where Java script comes into play. Just think of web1 as a bare salad; lettuce (html), veggies (css), eggs (c++) and croutons (cobol). Web2 brings the salad dressing (Java script) to the mix.

By layering Java script on the foundation of the algorithm, a melody of blended languages forms what we experience when we interact with Facebook, Doordash, Uber or Amazon app.

Put Java on My Script!

Java script brings apps to life. Now, with this 3rd iteration internet, things will be a little different. Instead of adding more elements to our hypothetical salad. We are going to branch (i.e. “hard fork” which is github lingo) off from the salad bowl and attach a totally separate dish, a bowl of soup, per say.

Keep in mind that the salad and soup are connected, just imagine the salad and soup bowls being connected by a branch of networks. If one bowl moves the other bowl moves. They work together.

Soup and salad go together to form a great meal ( i.e. user experience). In other words, the pair complement each other. However, the soup will provide a more “fluid” experience. Think of programming languages such as python as “soup.”

Python/soup can create very unique user-experiences. If you ever had the luxury of playing “piggy,” a roblox game, with a rambunctious six year old; then you understand how the user becomes apart of the game (3D worlds.)

Its a very fluid experience. You literally have access to everything above you, below you and around you. Web3 is about completely emerging into virtual dimensions.

Keep in mind, web3 is still being developed, the finished product is still years away from deployment. No one really knows what web3 will look like because it’s still coming to together.

This, however is my theory, my thoughts on the subject matter. Writing about the things that perplex me or cause me to draw pause is very helpful.

Just to be clear, metaverse and web3 are being used interchangeably and this frightens me.

Facebook legally changed its name to Meta in 2021, which is weird because meta means death in hebrew. Not quite sure why Mark Zuckerberg rebranded his “tech mecca” under the mark of death.

But, hey- to each its own, right? Besides, Zuckerberg has a $h#t load of money and can essentially do whatever he wants. No shade Big Marko! So let’s hear what he has to say…..

Big Marko breaking it down!

Essentially, metaverse is an project that can exist on web3, its not the actual web3. Metaverse is an app that will exist on the vast decentralized blockchain network of web3.

I refuse to call web3, metaverse because its giving to much power to Big Marko. It’s true, he is the “big wig” of web2’s most powerful platforms, FB and IG, but tech giants like Big Marko and his respective counterparts ( i.e. Apple, TikTok, Microsoft, Google and Alphabet) are going to face challenges because the decentralized nature of web3 gives more power to users to create and build there own worlds.

Which allows for commoners like you and me to have an equitable share the big tech industry.

Hopefully, those reading have more clarity about web3. I can’t help to wonder if my theory about web3 is on par. Theoretically, web3 does not exist.

To my readers, what are your thoughts on web3? Am I missing anything?

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SHIB vs DOGE

Who let the dogs out?

Cryptocurrency “let the dogs out” to play on the exchanges. Both digital assets ( shib and doge,) started out as De-Fi satires. However, these coins are a far cry from a laughing matter at this point.

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Now, these crypto-pups are making big waves in the crypto-verse. They are both listed on the world’s top crypto-exchanges and digital wallets.

Not only are the dogs out to play, they are actually leading the pack in terms of alt coins. Both shib and doge ranked in the top ten of alt coins throughout 2021.

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How do they differ?

Shib is an eth token. Doge is backed by ltc. Doge is older than shib in crypto-years. Shib will eventually incorporate NFT’s into its decentralized ecosystem.

How are they the same?

Both coins have a very abundant in supply. They both yield market caps in billions and trillions, respectively. Unlike there fellow noted predecessor, btc, they both lack scarcity.

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African tech startups raised a record $4B+ in 2021, more than 2019 and 2020 combined, with more $100M+ rounds than ever before (Tage Kene-Okafor/TechCrunch)

Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:African tech startups raised a record $4B+ in 2021, more than 2019 and 2020 combined, with more $100M+ rounds than ever before  —  African VC reached new heights in 2021 at over $4 billion and there’s never been a better time to be bullish  —  Two years ago, the African tech ecosystem…

African tech startups raised a record $4B+ in 2021, more than 2019 and 2020 combined, with more $100M+ rounds than ever before (Tage Kene-Okafor/TechCrunch)

My 2 Cents

Tage Kene-Okafor wrote the latter article. I am sharing the piece for informational purposes.

The African Tech Ecosystem is fully blooming. Many African nations allow dual citizenship. This article was very informative and motivating. It also provides an abundance on information on international funding resources.

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****Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to content, just sharing for informational purposes.