The internet is broken – the way I see it

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When Christof Wallner first presented his idea to me just a few months ago, I was overwhelmed by the potential of it. I am a software engineer who likes to study physics and human history in general. The study of both physics and history led me to the origin of the knowledge, philosophy. Throughout history, we saw great philosophers and thinkers shaped human civilization, and I am inspired by them. So, I analyze my projects from the philosophical view. Same thing I did for trustedd when I started working on it. So, I am going to describe trustedd from more of a philosophical point of view. Bear with me 🙂 

I have worked for 10 years with helping different startups worldwide. I take each startup as my project and try to get really deep into the idea, the core of it. When I used that approach for trustedd, and I found a lot of hidden gems. There were a lot of sleepless nights with abstract thoughts about trustedd. A lot of intense discussion with my teammates Christof, Shiplu, and Arthi. Then I needed to transform those abstract thoughts into reality, the implementation, which was less of a problem, I think. 

Being a technical person, I think the actual value of trustedd is not technical. Yes, we are living in an extraordinary time where we see the technological revolution, the era of machine learning is applied to quantum computing. It's all so exciting! Then again, we need to think about how close this incredible technology to our regular life. How much impact it has. I think that's where the real value of trustedd comes in. To explain it all, let's think about the internet.

 About the Internet & Our Data 

What is the internet? It is a network where all of our devices are connected. What does the internet contain? I mean, the services we use. Everything we do every day with our devices, detailed information of our daily life, in fact, I would say, these days, services running on the internet holds a part of our consciousness. So, we are putting our consciousness in a network where the network itself is somehow biased. Yes, That's right. I think the internet today is biased. We only see what we want to see, not always what we need to see. This is a critical issue we need to address. We put so much information consciously or unconsciously on the apps that, to some extent, those applications can make a much better decision than ourselves! That's the value of tech giants like facebook or Google or Amazon. Now, Let's think about it one more time. Ask these questions to ourselves, 

  • Are we really putting our data in the right place/system?
  • We are continuously tracked for information. Are we totally aware of what data we are sharing with applications in the network, and we fully capable of controlling/owing that information about ourselves?
  • If we are tracked that much, are we getting the right information in exchange for that? Let's make no mistake, our data has value. A lot more than we think. 

Well, I don't know about everyone, but for me, the answers to those questions are not so satisfactory. The truth is, the internet today is not the place where I am so comfortable to share my data. I am not so comfortable either to provide my data with the companies where I can not be in control of my data. I do understand that companies/apps need to use personalized information to deliver the right product/service for me; then again, I want to have the right of my data. If we consider those things, on a smaller scale, it may not look like a big problem. But when we see the internet as a whole, it's a critical issue. It's always way too risky to give all the control to an entity or some specific entities. So what is the solution? Well, Let's keep digging 🙂

 Talk of Authenticity 

The next significant problem the internet has currently is, delivering just the right information. As we discussed before, the internet surely knows us, our behavior, our… well a lot of things. Great power comes with great responsibilities. Now, here is the area where things get really complicated. Big corporations are working to deliver content to us. But it's all based on us, our behavior, and the content they want to promote (ads). I understand the fact that people will want to see the content they like, that's the reason facebook didn't have a dislike button for a long time, and still doesn't have; instead, it has reactions. This is a brilliant idea because facebook doesn't only want to know just what we like or what we dislike. Instead, it wants to know more about our emotions. As a result, we get more and more personalized content. It is a good thing, as long as we are aware of what we are sharing. At the same time, we also need to think about the authenticity of the content. That is a REAL challenge! 

When it comes to authentic content, the internet is a wild place. It is tough to define what is real or what is not for an average internet user. Yes, you are probably thinking, well, I can find the information I need by extensive searching. I agree. We can. But we need to really be determined to find authenticity. It takes more than one search surely. Now ask yourself again, is it supposed to be like it? Of course, not. In a perfect world, we except we can get authentic information about our interest without putting much effort. That's why the internet exists, anyway? Isn't it? 

The Probable Solution? 

We can blame the system all day, or complain about it. But just like a government, in the end, people in the system are the system. As an internet user, you, me, all of us are the system, the internet. If the internet is wild now, that's on us. We share the responsibility. We have the technology to make it better. It's really up to us what we are going to do about it. We had the scientific knowledge of quantum physics at the time of world war II, we built the atom bomb first. We passed the cold war age, at the present time, we are using the same knowledge to achieve quantum supremacy or nuclear powerplants for energy. My point is the same old point. It's not about the technology we have, it's about how we are using it

I think we all want a better internet. To ensure that, we need to trust the information we are getting. We need to invest our trust in something. Well, those are the things we took as the building block of trustedd. trustedd doesn't provide all of those features right now. It is in a very early stage. But surely we are working hard to achieve it. 

To know more about how trustedd works, you can find our detailed guide on how trustedd works. To get more updates regularly about trustedd, subscribe to the trustedd newsletter. We will make sure that you will feel the "wind of change" regularly 😉

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