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Decentralize, or Be Destroyed!

#MappingtheMetaverse Transmission VIII

IN THE BEGINNING

Let’s spin a yarn of the early days. On January 1, 1983, a loose affiliation of academic researchers published the TCP/IP protocol, the simple vocabulary of exchange that still underpins all networked computer communications. Decades after military researchers had established ARPANet, those pioneers helped the world access tools that had been long reserved for siloed government applications.

THE BOMB DOTCOM

The years that followed introduced millions of people to unbridled information flow. Despite the limitations of the “read-only web,” (where you could only write or read data and content served from static HTML files) the early Internet became a boomtown. Fortunes were made and unmade on the changing whims of the world’s first webizens.

FREE-TO-PLAY PLATFORMERS

The majority of web applications have a short life cycle; few see the mass adoption necessary to make ongoing development worthwhile. Platforms are a different beast altogether. These are apps that have grown into closed systems with the power to affect the Internet at large.

A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

In our first decades online, individuals helped to produce the purest distillations of the Internet’s foundational ideals. While early pioneers turned bits into bullion, Web 1.0’s most eager participants sought to answer time-worn questions of ownership, form, and self-expression.

WE(B) THE PEOPLE

With all credit due to the universities and government scientists who created the Internet, you might say it truly belongs to the people feeding it data. Nearly every call for decentralization harkens back to the example of the peer-to-peer communities that helped shape Web 1.0.

GIG BUSINESS

Salad believes it is possible to decrease the reliance on centralized solutions by supporting alternative compute applications. Our engineers are building workload-agnostic infrastructure that will allow us to orchestrate medical research workloads, or share bandwidth to facilitate human communication.

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