# No-coder in a coding world Thoughts on being technologically-literate but technically mute in the dev-centric Web3 ecosystem. --- I'm not a developer. The most I've contributed to briq's codebase is my lackluster JS code during the [ETH Lisbon 2021](https://devpost.com/software/briq) hackathon, with my cofounder Lancelot correcting every other line I wrote while writing his first lines of Cairo. Back at Ledger I wrote some neat Python scripts to [automate the boring stuff](https://automatetheboringstuff.com/) and can build virtually anything on [Excel](https://www.notboring.co/p/excel-never-dies). Blockchain-wise I've never written a line of Solidity, have never deployed a smart contract. But I'm a black belt in Etherscan-fu and understand what CPFP means. I consider myself *mute but technically literate*. Blockchain space has a biais towards technical discussion: you must use the fancy words and talk about the latest word salad to be *in*. I'm no stranger to that. Maybe 5% of crypto twitter has actually written a line of Solidity, but we're all pretending to be developers and act as if everyone were a developer. It's strange to be a generalist, somewhat techy person, when the narrative baseline in the ecosystem is to be a developer. After all, the Bitcoin whitepaper was published in a cypherpunk mailing list, don't all "[*Cypherpunks write code*](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vM0oIEhMag)"? This tech-first approach gets the pendulum to swing full force *the other way*. Decisively non-technical people also take a good chunk of the mindspace, see NFT Twitter or DAO Twitter. I've seen friends at crypto events play a game: look at someone and "*guess if it's a dev, VC or DAO person*". More often than not, they were right. It usually comes down to the hair color (with some [hybrids](https://twitter.com/m1guelpf)). NFTs are interesting in this sense, it's the blind spot of most the early thoughts we had about blockchain. Vitalik's blog is replete with references to prediction markets, decentralized finance, harberger taxes, the whole shebang. But NFTs are usually dismissed, except when they're [soulbound](https://vitalik.ca/general/2022/01/26/soulbound.html). I have always been fascinated with NFTs, there's something about them that I couldn't quite grasp when I first heard about them. Then, during NFT summer, I went back into it and realized they were more popular, but not because of a technological breakthrough like the AMM model, but a mental-model shift. Profile pictures. NFTs as objects. Loot for god's sake. It was a real "*There is no spoon*" moment for me. There's a wide category of people who say they don't "get" NFTs and are attached to "utility". The same people may buy designer clothes or a sports jersey and not think twice about it. There's an inherent *realness* to them that left an extremely strong impression on me. That's why I'm building [briq](https://twitter.com/briqnft). As my friend Liam recently wrote: > I thought long and hard as to whether to leave crypto - and I've decided to stay, at least for the short-term. It may not be an industry that is deep in substance. But it is closer to raw reality than anything out there. Crypto takes the idea of "value", and weaponizes psychology to reify it. This is what yield farming and Nouns DAO's are all about. It's about ways of hooking people's inner programming in order to believe in something. ![](https://i.imgur.com/T7uwXj6.png) There is no jpeg. That's why I'm happy the wordcels are banding together and coming up with new terminology to explore this new field: [hardness](https://stark.mirror.xyz/n2UpRqwdf7yjuiPKVICPpGoUNeDhlWxGqjulrlpyYi0), [autonomous worlds](https://0xparc.org/blog/autonomous-worlds), [generational games](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDOoFzR3JBg), [game 2.0](https://www.guiltygyoza.xyz/2022/07/game2), [wind-up worlds](https://www.thejaymo.net/2022/05/06/wind-up-worlds/), [onchain realities](https://www.guiltygyoza.xyz/2022/04/onchain-realities), "[computers haven't happened yet]"(https://twitter.com/0x113d/status/1547625903118643200). Here's a list I made about [this](https://www.are.na/sylve-chevet/on-chain-realities-and-autonomous-worlds) if you're interested. https://twitter.com/wandcrafting/status/1557780141647863809 Yeah we're really arrogant about it as well. There is a third, secret, way. I have a lot of respect for [Polynya](https://twitter.com/apolynya/)'s enlightened takes on [scaling](https://polynya.mirror.xyz/sA0qPEbQ99HXCEXEi3BW34HXohMpLyDDM1a4AJhCF4E), [governance](https://polynya.mirror.xyz/VLLgbn3ma0Xrp-lhW62YAOrzGGst9ls0-75TdfcHTDs), [rollups](https://polynya.mirror.xyz/BxU-dKVdgE_pnlfRiZg2267Lx631rqOrfCQuUQqq3GY), even though they're while being [widly non-technical and misinformed](https://twitter.com/cobie/status/1526786429632024576). They even dare to (gasp) talk to our lord and saviour Vitalik and sometimes disagree with him! https://twitter.com/apolynya/status/1533287829408649217?s=20 Vitalik himself has been advocating for a "less hypercubes more writing & communicating" type of ethos these past years, moving away from the seminal hardcore tech gadgets. There are few examples of peeps who've made it far enough in the tech space, and left a trace with zero coding skills. [Jobs](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9ZQVlgfEAc), [Bob Taylor](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Taylor_(computer_scientist)). Here's a defense of being widly non-technical and misinformed. You don't need fancy tech. You don't need complicated code (well, sometimes you do). Sometimes, you just need to look at things differently.