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Flying Under the Radar, Tech Genius: Brian Fox



Flying Under the Radar, Tech Genius: Brian Fox

Son of a physicist, Brian Fox is the futuristic hero of a technologist’s dream. Co-founder of Orchid Labs, Fox, and his partners are cultivating in their San Francisco based startup a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet. “We’re building a new civil contract around a distributed marketplace for computation, storage, and bandwidth to provide the framework for a new form of digital citizenship,” the Orchid Laboratories website describes. The idea of creating a free wielding society is not new but has never before been attempted in such a gigantic and plausible feat. “As we move towards cheaper and better access to technology and to more decentralized systems, the world becomes a more democratic place,” Fox says.

Fox’s resume seems poised to attack such a gigantic swing in global political and social dynamics with his under-the-radar over-achievements on every level of the tech space. At only eight years old Brian served as a guinea pig in a Wally Feurzeig experiment involving his new Logo language. Wally Feurzeig (January 10, 1927 – January 4, 2013) was the infamous co-inventor of the original computer programming language for which Fox served as a guinea pig, researcher in artificial intelligence, and robot problem-solving genius acclaimed through every level of tech history in the last century. At age 21 Fox wrote the Temapin Language for the Apple//e. At age 23 he wrote the Amacs text editor for the Apple ][,//e, and //gs computers complete with dynamically loadable libraries, M-X completion and multiple modes. At 25 years old Fox was the first paid computer programmer for Richard Stallman at the newly formed Free Software Foundation where he developed BASH – a command language distributed widely as a default login shell for all MacOS, Linux, Windows 10, and Solaris 11.

It is no question that he is qualified to deliver future technology-based solutions in any quadrant he deems valuable, and for Fox, those solutions largely adapt to free-market solutions, voting rights, and blockchain based technologies. As the creator of the first web-based online banking system in the United States for Wells Fargo in 1995, and thereafter the programming language called Meta-HTML, his predictions hold asset- value appeal to investors and users alike. In the legal blockchain sphere, he predicts that “simple contract law, such as real estate, by embodying the legal contract constraints into smart contracts” will be the first area of law impacted. Blockchain technology, though, is being utilized in the modern world for a host of global ideals that the average citizen cannot yet imagine.

PWC advised in 2019 that businesses throughout every sector of the global economy are seeking out blockchain initiatives, the spending of which has increased by 70% in 2018 to an annual expenditure of 1.7 billion dollars citing that blockchain technology reduces errors and streamlines profit to the investor. Such signals are ongoing, with 2019 largely looked at as the year in which institutional money will enter the cryptosphere as blockchain based exchanges continue to develop into what will hopefully shape into a safety equivalent comparative to trading equities.

In the developing techno-money stratosphere we are witnessing the beauty of traditional firms melting into tech hubs with blockchain advisory consultants such as Fox’s KANO One, where he and his team accelerate the growth of successful blockchain companies by providing access to capital, technical strategy, strategic business development, security auditing, token economies, and more. Kano believes in the power of these emerging technologies to have a positive impact on the world which is why Mr. Fox also sits on the board of the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation, a non-profit focused on the dissemination of educational information about blockchain, especially in the academic community. “Our relationship to the community keeps us close to the innovation that is all around us,” Fox says, clearly accommodating the strategic growth of technology into the educational sphere that so often is responsible for the shaping of any given entity.

His expertise, though, delves deeper into the political-minded democracies of voter rights, as he develops technological solutions in advocacy of open source election systems as a means of securing US elections against interference. He co-authored an article for the New York Times in August of 2017 with former CIA director James Woolsey in which he describes the many safeguards for preventing the mis-tallying of votes, outright fraud, and overseas attacks. “Open-source systems are tried and tested. A majority of supercomputers use them. The Defense Department, NASA and the United States Air Force all use open-source systems, because they know this provides far more security. Every step in our voting process should use software that follows these examples,” Fox describes. He now sits on the board of the California Association of Voting Officials as well as the National Association of Voting Officials.

As the titan of open source software and a technologist turned political maverick for the betterment of free-market supporters everywhere, Brian Fox is taking the lead cultivating the tools needed to fully democratize the modern world. Flying low under the radar, he is a doer with the tools to make things happen in a way that provides freedom and justice to the interest of the people. The question on everyone’s mind – what’s his secret? “I try hard to not “work.” Instead, I try to stay focused on why I’m doing what I do, so that I can truly enjoy the sense of satisfaction when I am finished. I absolutely love to play music, and I do that as often as I am able.” We all wait with bated breath, to see what he will do next.

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