I consider blockchains and the software program motion round them — sometimes known as crypto or web3 — present the one believable path to sustaining the unique imaginative and prescient of the web as an open platform that incentivizes creativity and entrepreneurship. I’ve been investing behind this thesis for years, and advocating for it by writing and talking and by speaking to enterprise leaders, journalists, and policymakers each right here and world wide.
By all that, it grew to become clear that we’d like a complete e-book that clearly explains new applied sciences like blockchains and the providers constructed on high of them; how they match into the historical past of the web; and why they need to matter to founders, builders, creators, and anybody within the historical past and evolution of enterprise, expertise, and innovation.
So I wrote that e-book: Learn Write Personal: Constructing the Subsequent Period of the Web.
My thesis is that seemingly small preliminary choices round software program and community design can have profound downstream penalties on the management and economics of digital providers. The e-book walks by the historical past of the web, exhibiting the way it has gone by three main design eras: the primary targeted on democratizing info (learn), the second on democratizing publishing (write), and the third on democratizing possession (personal).
We’re on the cusp of the third period — personal — so I clarify the important thing ideas underlying it, together with blockchains and digital providers constructed on high of blockchains. The e-book subsequently solutions a typical query I hear: “What issues do blockchains clear up?” Blockchains clear up the identical issues that different digital providers clear up, however with higher outcomes. They will join individuals in social networks, whereas empowering customers over company pursuits. They will underpin marketplaces and fee programs that facilitate commerce, however with persistently decrease take charges. They will allow new types of monetizable media, interoperable and immersive digital worlds, and synthetic intelligence providers that compensate — quite than cannibalize — creators and communities.
The e-book takes controversial questions head on, together with coverage and regulatory matters, and the dangerous “on line casino” tradition that has developed round crypto that hurts public notion and undermines its potential. And I’m going deeper into intersecting matters like synthetic intelligence, social networks, finance, media companies, collaborative creation, video video games, and digital worlds.
Impressed by fashionable tech classics like Zero to One and The Arduous Factor About Arduous Issues, I wrote the e-book to be succinct, thorough, and accessible. I additionally distill cutting-edge pondering from technologists and founders to make it helpful to practitioners. My objective was to make it accessible with out watering it down. The e-book is supposed for a spread of audiences, together with entrepreneurs, technologists, firm leaders, policymakers, journalists, enterprise thinkers, artists, neighborhood builders, and people who find themselves merely inquisitive about new applied sciences, tradition, and the way forward for the web.
I really like studying books however consider that tech and enterprise matters normally work higher in shorter codecs, which is why prior to now I’ve caught to running a blog and tweeting. However undertaking all the above warranted an extended therapy, bringing new and totally different concepts collectively in a single place. So I spent a lot of the final yr doing this. Lots of the concepts I’ve thought of for a very long time however by no means took the time to jot down.
Learn Write Personal: Constructing the Subsequent Period of the Web can be printed by Random Home on March 12, 2024. You’ll be able to pre-order it here.
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