If you watched the last season of Silicon Valley, chances are you are just as pumped about the possibility of a new type of internet. Especially now when It would not only be new rules to the game, it would be a completely frickin’ different game.
And it’s not like there is no real life push from the developers taken into account issues like Net Neutrality, U.S. allowing the selling of personal data, privacy issues, etc.
Even Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt has doubts about the current internet.
Later, we will explore different possibilities but now, there is one core problem with a new type of internet. And it’s us.
Are we ready for the new internet?
The reason we say that the problem is us is because we got used to ‘the comfortable’. We love one-click logins, purchases and seeing that new age Amazon shop ad made people go crazy.
What if, using Pied Piper’s method, we would develop a completely free, private internet? Would we embrace it or long for the good ole days of one-click to everything?
Of course, there is a lot of debate over how would that even work and so far, the most realistic answer is blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrency.
And as long as we are on the subject, let’s look at some potential paths to the new internet.
Possible Versions of a ‘New Age Internet’
I know you want to get to the details but let’s backtrack just for a second. First, why do we need a new internet?
1. Internet is not free. In fact, the only type of the internet that is free and uncontrolled is the infamous Dark Web. The internet you use now would not work without Google’s servers and Amazon’s cloud services. For now.
2. Your ISP knows who you are, what you do and upon a request from the government could block access to any sites. At large, you can see it in China or Russia who have recently blocked a number of casino sites this way.
And to play devil’s advocate, free internet has a massive flaw. If ISPs don’t track users and governments can’t enforce regulations, people inevitably will use it for bad purposes from money laundering to child pornography.
Finally, we have arrived at our destination. The possibilities of a new internet. Wired has already talked in detail about the subject this summer. Because Pied Piper’s algorithm is not real, they divided the services into Storj (a safer cloud storing using computers around the world) and IPFS (Interplanetary File System) where web browser works as a server by storing pages.
Also, BBC has looked into it from both positive and negative points of view. They seem to think that the advancement of AI will personalize internet – you own data and set up apps to suit your need. As an added bonus, they estimate that in 20 years there won’t be so much data collection.
If you like this idea, we don’t recommend reading their grim version.