“the Internet” is done already. It had a great historic arc, but it maxed out on its own excesses and unconfronted issues, much like the Space Age and atomic power did. Anybody who still thinks “net neutrality” is the be-all and end-all of the modern tech biz can go somewhere where they still enjoy net neutrality — the flatness, the small pieces loosely joined, the permissionless innovation, etc. Go to Iceland, maybe. Sure: go start a no-permission Internet website in Iceland. Birgitta Jonsdottir will be nice to you, you might even get fan mail from Wikileaks. Otherwise, it’s quite like building your own crystal-set ham radio. Nobody will stop you, because it just doesn’t matter. Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky: State of the World 2017

08.01.2017 • Permalink