In his book, “Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy,” George Gilder, one of the great intellectuals and tech visionaries of the last several decades, builds a compelling case that the “Googleplex,” along with its massive, big-data silos and AI driven algorithms, is a sort a dinosaur in waiting.
According to Gilder, security is an afterthought in the current cloud stack, but in the era we’re entering, security will become everything. Gilder points to distributed processing, “triple-entry-accounting,” and DNA-level encryption as the primary catalysts for an impending shift that will unseat the current computing power structure.
Gilder points to Bitcoin and Etherium as leading examples of the emerging cryptoverse but highlights a long list of other blockchain-based technologies that are now making their way into the market. One that’s already there is a blockchain-based browser, called Brave, which has ad blocking built in, allows you to surf in anonymity, and even rewards you with BAT coins (a crypto currency) if you’re willing to sit through commercial advertizing. (Think about that one. Instead of Google getting paid for interrupting you, you can get paid for watching commercials, should you choose to do so.)
And Brave is the fastest browser (like 2X of Chrome) you’re ever likely to find. I downloaded it a couple of days ago and already love it. But more than just providing a superior browser experience, Brave yields a glimpse into what Gilder is talking about--an entirely new view of computing, one that puts you back in control of your data and your experience.