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A TECHNOLOGICAL RENAISSANCE
Peer-to-Peer, Amorphous, Self-repairing Networks
by James Jaeger
One of the ways we could improve this world might be to better network the 7 billion brains extant worldwide.
Many of these brains (people) cannot afford modern telecommunication monthly bills, but if altruistic computer, network and telecommunications experts -- along with Elon Musk-type investors/entrepreneurs -- took it upon themselves to independently build and deploy peer-to-peer, amorphic, self-repairing networks, such devices could be free beyond the initial purchase price of the device (perhaps as low as $50).
Peer-to-peer networks would not only be Metcalfe-utilitarian, they would be legally indestructible by a profit-motivated communications Establishment.
If suddenly 10 million people had solar-powered, digital walkie talkies that passed encrypted TCP/IP packets to each other -- the nearest nodes first, then fanning out to other nodes -- communication corporations (like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) would be hard-pressed to extract the residual communication tolls they demand to amortize their bank loans. Again, TCP/IP service would be free and it might be more secure from a PATRIOT Act-infested government as it would never go through any Central Offices (COs). Not only would more people (brains) be able to network, it would be more difficult for anti-Constitutional elements in the government and corporatocracy to practice industrial espionage.
Consider, anytime two intelligent people -- especially scientists, technologists and even political strategists -- talk to each other through COs, their ideas are subject to covert confiscation. Hey, isn't this what the NSA is probably all about? To the degree ideas are confiscated (stolen) they can be patented by agents of the corporatocracy and esquires of the court. Ideas, not in tangible form can't be copyrighted or patented, but it's a short step from a brilliant "idea whose time has come" to tangible paper which the corporatocracy can then patent. The corporatocracy can, and probably does, use any money it "saves" on idea-theft to pay lawyers to file patents and donate to political campaigns. In other words, purchase congressmen to enact "laws" to make sure entrepreneurs are locked out from developing or deploying any ideas that would jeopardize the status quo or corporate profits.
So an early strategic step in making this a better world might be the erection of a peer-to-peer, TCP/IP network that is as free as solar-charged walkie talkies. From potentially 7 billion brains -- securely networked from the prying senses of those entities that thwart change for the sake of preserving profits and power -- a true technological renaissance might spring forth.