Note — Oct 10, 2021

Building New Weblike Things

The web is the largest software platform that isn’t owned, how might the different technologies underlying it be used as an alphabet, recombined in new “weblike things” that are not mediated by any single player?

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a simple system. —Gall’s Law […]

It seems likely that much of our lives will be mediated by networked software. Indeed, this is already the case. Much of this mediation happens through platforms owned and controlled by companies, with a few exceptions—web, email, podcasts. It seems valuable to build a few more platforms for networked software that are open, not-owned. Preferably, as many as possible.