Who is “Seigen?”
Again, many of us have stared at the Bytecoin Team Members list on Bytecoin.org and wondered just who they were — or more precisely, who or what they are. Are they still around? Are they layered in pseudonyms to protect their identities or to hide criminal enterprise?
In a recent post I checked in on “Neocortex” or is that “Joseph Lin?” In any event, it is currently a dead-end and Mr. Lin has not responded to inquires — yet. Come to think of it, maybe Neocortex never existed, which means he can’t respond.
It’s so logical, it must be true, right?
So, in order to keep on task, I have randomly chosen another Bytecoin Team member for this post. For this ongoing ridicule.
Meet “Seigen,” the dashingly elegant “Go” player. He hails from…we don’t know.
What do we know about this monetary crusader? Zilch. Nada. Nothing. The big El-Zippo. And so many people think that’s dandy.
Let’s take this an “exhibit” at a time, shall we?
Exhibit A: “Go”
Why bring up the game of “Go?” Flavoring? To spice the mystery?
To understand this Seigen “handle” one needs to look at the artwork. Here is his “jpg” file on the Bytecoin website: whoops… that’s been deleted…
I guess it’s copyrighted somewhere. But you know, I’m not so sure. Maybe someone can write to me and verify this. I will happily remove the copied file and apologize to the owner or manager or whomever. I promise. Just let me know. Seriously.
Many of us know that the black and white picture presented here, is a representation of a “Go” board. It’s an ancient Chinese game. Probably the oldest board game in existence. It is more complex than chess, according to Wikipedia. The game-board is larger and there are more possible moves. Something like 250 moves versus 35, when compared to chess. And so the heck what.
I think a few Chess Masters would take issue with “Go,” but that is not the thrust of this post. I’m not here to pick a fight with them. Chess died with Bobby Fischer anyway, right?
It is curious, however, that the object of the game “Go” is to surround your opponent and capture his pieces. The game, historically, was for those of culture — the educated Chinese aristocrats, with nothing better to do.They played their educated games, whilst the white-rice eaters toiled in the paddies and their armies did the real fighting.
I mean at least in chess there’s a freaking point. Not an endless stone toss. But I digress. Let me “Go” on.
Is that what Bytecoin is trying to do? Play the long game — as it relates to the world of cryptocurrency? What Seigen wants us to think? “Dudes, I’m so complex. You know I’m good for it. I swear, once you buy a few million BCN, I’ll do some more work on the code.”
It is not all that interesting that the name “Seigen” appears to be a reference to the Chinese born Go Master, Wu Qingyuan. He is better known by his Japanese name,”Go Seigen.” He was considered a prodigy, but began his training in the “Stone-age art” at a relatively tender late age of nine. Apparently, he played with his stones a lot and that got him in the mood. Maybe his mother said “don’t throw the stones, place them on this board, whilst the Chinese Communists take all of our stuff. Don’t you feel better, Honey?”
At any rate, Go Seigen died. It was on November 30, 2014, after the invention of Bytecoin — whenever that was.
It is apparent that our mystery Bytecoin “Seigen” has chosen a pseudonym to imply a mastery of “Go” and maybe a little respect for the one of the fathers of the game. Oh, and that he is also mathematically inclined, hence a cryptographer. And that chess is for “sissies.”
Whoops, I can’t say “sissies” because it’s a sexist remark. (If you have a problem with that please consult your censor-hate-speech expert — have him or her contact me that I may print a full rebuttal.)
But to Seigen, chess sucks — or at least that is implied. At to that I say: blasphemy. Eat my rook, Seigen. Go and move those little Stone-age stones around the dirt you silly Asian guy-person.
Exhibit B: Ecole Polytechnique
Education lets us know that Seigen is no dummy, but maybe we are… Do you feel that way or is it just me?
Obviously a PhD in Math from Ecole Polytechnique is great for the kind of work Seigen did or does, for Bytecoin and his bank. What bank or banks? Name one.
So where is this school anyway? It is probably a reference to the one by the same name in France. A university known for its engineers — a top notch school. So they say.
The school was once a military academy and it was founded during the French Revolution (in 1794). Hint: the revolution failed. Remember Napoleon?
Today the school is still supervised by the Ministry of Defense of France. Does that make you squeamish? Is there a hint of state sponsored silliness? Oui? I mean, I can see them now…drinking a little wine and coding a little crypto, can’t you?
Exhibit C: Data Protector Man
“Comrade, I hear you expert in banking sector, true? Can leap tall buildings in Red Square, da?”
— Anonymous Bytecoin Philanthropist (V.P. of Moscow)
In Seigen’s proffered bio, we learn that he is “…a data protection expert in banking sector.”
Read that one part again, slowly. It reads, in part “…in banking sector.”
Do you see it?
In some English speaking countries we would write it this way:
“…in “the” banking sector.”
It just flows better. Note that for next time comrade. Actually I don’t think it will matter. The Bytecoin website is full of such errors or shall I say, “differences?”
As I have stated before and some of my readers have pointed out…do we hear Russians? Dissidents? I mean I have no problem with the Russians, so long as they are nice ones. No state sponsored crypto-graphic con artists, please. And no pre-mining fakers either.
Of course, we ask the question: where? Where is this alleged data protection expert? In France? In Dubai? Singapore? God forbid, in China? How about Moscow? How about on Star Trek?
Is Seigen just a fictional character? Methinks…Oui.
If we focus on France, we can speculate where Seigen might work. BNP Paribas? It’s one of the largest financial institutions in France. How about the Credit Agricole Group? And we could go on. We could go to Mother Russia and apply for an account at Sberbank as well. Do they take BCN or do they just wash rubles? Sounds dirty either way, don’t you think?
My point here? There is not enough to go on, but maybe with all of this speculation, someone else might get curious. Some other bored cryptocurrency enthusiast will chime in with the goods.
Do you know a PhD from Ecole Polytechnique who works at your institution and loves to play “Go?” Is an expert at it? Do you know Clark Kent Jr.? How about Chewbacca?
If Seigen was one of the first Bytecoin members, how did he join? Does this elite list of Bytecoin Team members have anything to do with the Cicada 3301 mystery? How about space aliens? That smell in the back of my closet downstairs?
Exhibit D: Wisdom
Asian Philosophy? Really?
“Confucius say…many apples fall to ground when wind blows hard…”
Aside from his school and “Go” what else do we know — or think we know — about Seigen?
We are told that Seigen “has always been a source of calmness and Asian philosophical wisdom.” Oh, please.
Really? How nice. How calm. How silly. (I know, you think you are smart.)
And I don’t care. If Seigen is a source of calmness, then please fire him. We need men, not castrated Asian philosophers. Why? Because, my dear “Go” player, the Art of Financial War is upon you. If you seek the oneness, try opium and beer. Leave the sport for the money-changers.
Are we to feel comforted by Seigen’s ability to walk on water — in today’s fiat money oceans? How so?
I mean, the Bytecoin Team — if it really exists — is making us think that Seigen is a great guy, a wonderful crypto-graphic artistic, slightly Asian, educated in Europe (seasoned) and therefore a great developer, and as smart as he is all-around “philosophical.”
But lay it on a bit thicker won’t you? Don’t tease us. Does he wear sandals? Does he take baths? Can he walk my dog?
Again, it is like saying that Seigen — if he really exists — is a Buddhist-Banker Security Guard. Perhaps he is a Falun Gong practitioner, who works in Beijing, which is why he must keep his identity under wraps — lest the Communist Party take certain liberties with his unused kidneys.
For sure, we have learned thus far, that Seigen’s recycled food does not stink. Jesus.
Exhibit E: Elegance
What word does not match the others?
Think about this for a minute. “Fundamental solution.”
Sounds reasonable right? Something that is core to understanding the root issues. The bedrock. The basics. The real. The wind beneath my buttocks.
Now think “simple solution.” We’ve all heard it right? Occam’s Razor? Keep it short and simple. Why? It cuts down on errors and complexity. It’s not always the best solution, just the humanly understandable one.
We could argue all day, but we won’t Why? Because we have simplified it. Great.
Next batch of word stew.
Elegant. As in Seigen offers elegant solutions too. Oh?
What? I said elegant. Do you mean artistic? Stylistic? Pretty?
I don’t think so, because the Bytecoin Team or Seigen, used the word “and.” It’s kind of a weaselly way of writing stuff.
Seigen “always emphasizes the need for fundamental, simple and elegant solutions.” Does he mean all three at once or any of them, individually?
Why does this bother me? Because of the word elegant. Pansies are elegant. (Oh, again with the flowery language.)
Yes, math and fundamentals can be elegant in a sense, but the word elegant is also a gray-brown smog word. It can mean anything. It’s subjective. Cryptography is objective at its core.
Hell, maybe I’m just being too critical.
Seigen does not exist.
He never did — as a single person.
Prove me wrong.
These are some things laying around the net, related to Seigen…
Photograph Source: Flickr