My point here is that while allowing many new and important applications, the core "Internet" itself still does just one thing: transfer packets from one specified place to another. You can do a lot with that of course (FTP, HTTP, streaming media... and even Gopher!), but make no mistake that much more would/will be possible with a network that, deep in its heart, does more than just transfer bits from point A to point B.
I'd like you do take a minute to imagine a network that does more than just transfer; or better yet, that specifically does not transfer, but instead does other things like:
- Process information in a distributed fashion.
- Store stuff in a distributed and anonymous way.
- Access information in a content-addressable way (as opposed to the www.righthere.com geographic way we use now). Google everywhere?
- Somehow allow those processes and stored elements to mutate somehow, like we read about in Out of Control. (Indeed, this is wacky, but bear with me for a sec)
And then finally, how might such a network be organically cobbled together out of the basic technologies we have on hand now? Even more organically than how the Internet has grown?
Thanks for your time,
--Craig Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)