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Bad Behaviour Happens At Centralization

Bad Behaviour Happens At Centralization

There are things that we centralized unnecessarily.  During the centralization phase, bad behaviour happens.

A good example of that is your laptop. This is the end game of the personal computer revolution and today your laptop is becoming less and less your laptop and more and more Apple’s laptop or Microsoft’s laptop. Earlier in iTunes software, you used to be able to rip your CDs and you had your music library. And now Apple says no, you don’t: You have to sign in to your Apple account to use your music. You have to sign in to your Apple account to use your PC.

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The Wave Of De-Centralization

The Wave Of De-Centralization

There are way more interesting decentralization stories than cryptocurrency. And the biggest one is the potential for the decentralization of big data and AI. Google used to have this secret sauce. It only came from Google. And now that’s been encapsulated in these models that know a lot of stuff...

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The Betting Economy Vs The Operating Economy

The Betting Economy Vs The Operating Economy

Let us contrast the betting economy and the operating economy. The operating economy is the one that delivers goods and services and people pay for them. And the betting economy is where you guess at what the value might be, or what other people think it might be.

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Web 3.0: The Sequel

Web 3.0: The Sequel

Web 3.0 companies eschew the centralized power of Big Tech platforms and propose to build apps that store data and transactions via blockchains. The Web3 movement seems to speak to the public’s growing unease with entrusting data and currency to powerful corporate or institutional platfo...

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Just Being Economically Efficient Isn't Enough

Just Being Economically Efficient Isn't Enough

It’s great when the economy becomes more efficient. But the curse of efficiency is that it goes to the lowest common denominator. So if we want a diverse economy, we have to value something other than pure economic efficiency.

The monopoly of IBM was replaced by the persona...

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The Background

The Background

Tim O’Reilly has been a conversation starter within the tech industry for more than three decades. The company he founded, O’Reilly Media, launched the first true commercial website in 1993, and remains a tech-industry staple that publishes tech books, offers online education, and holds virtual e...

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A New Period Of Consolidation

A New Period Of Consolidation

Web 2.0 was not a version number, it was the second coming of the web after the dot-com bust. We’re not going to be able to call Web3 “Web3” until after the crypto bust. Because only then will we get to see what’s stuck around.

All anybody ever talks about is valuations. And valuation has v...

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Crypto Is Not Decentralized

Crypto Is Not Decentralized

Even in terms of this decentralized crypto, who did we reward? We rewarded the big, centralized crypto trading platforms. We rewarded the people who initially minted all the crypto currencies and ended up with the pyramid scheme where they were the ones at the top who built the NFT (nonfungible t...

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The Origins Of The Web Were Open-Source

The Origins Of The Web Were Open-Source

The open-source movement is quite old. We got the World Wide Web, which is put in the public domain. We got the original TCP/IP implementation that Bill Joy wrote made part of Berkeley Unix so that anybody could do the internet stack. We had the DNS, or Domain Name System. We had Sendmail, which ...

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Enter The Blockchain

Enter The Blockchain

The patterns of centralization and decentralization are everywhere. And the idea that it’s just about this blockchain technology is something we could easily do away with.  There’s something really interesting there, but we are not going to know until all the underbrush that’s growing up because ...

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Centralization Is Subscription

Centralization Is Subscription

So here’s the centralization overreach, because everybody wants to be a subscription service. Everybody wants to have lock-in.

The shift towards decentralization is inevitable, but it is part of a cycle that is in its third iteration.

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