The most difficult thing in life, said the great English management thinker Geoffrey Vickers, is knowing what to want.
In the early days of the Internet in the early 1990s, it was not used by the ordinary citizen, so it was not perceived by the general public as revolutionary. This is only changing since global communication has been increasingly handled via the network. In the year 2000, this figure was 51%, and we have landed at 97% from 2007 onwards.
An end of the growth is not in sight.
Today’s Internet as we know it, has no decentralized structure, because the respective content is on physical storage systems, which can be switched off, manipulated or deleted at any time.
As with any new technology, it is mostly large companies which with great financial effort promote this development and decisively shape its development. These investors pursue their own interests.
The call for decentralization has grown louder not only since the banking crisis and the revelations of Edward Snowden. That we need these decentralized infrastructures and thus data protection is out of the question.
Decentralized networks have a great advantage, they provide protection of their own data without central structures. The control of data and software is thus completely up to the user. Disadvantage is the difficult finding of other users in these networks.
But are real decentralized networks just reveries of nerds? So far we have been disappointed on a regular basis because these systems never really remained decentralized. Examples like status.net, freedombox and buddycloud showed this. This failure has reasons that lie in the economic laws of platforms and the momentum of networking.
In this context, it should be noted that decentralization is not always the better solution to manage economic interactions, as inefficiencies and serious problems can arise. Central networks have decisive advantages, they are more efficient and quicker to find solutions in case of problems.
I claim that the activation of the EOS network has been an important step in the right direction. Now it is important, in its further development, not to lose sight of the actual goal of decentralization.
The core question is -what is it that we really want from this technology.
Why is giving up the central control so difficult to implement permanently?
Perhaps it is central to the nature of things that communication tends to linger in your inertia. Why should we participate in decentralized networks?
Even though enthusiasts attribute a revolutionary effect to this new technology, the human nature alone limits the blockchain.
Let’s all be dreamers of the new technology! Let´s know what we want!