I agree with you on this. In my opinion this is a weaknesses in the current Solid approach, it is not completely decentralized, you still have servers and location dependency, it is a kind of compromise. My feeling is that we should keep the strengths of Solid, RDF and the standards around it (WAC for example) as universal data format for the Web, but combine them with pure decentralized approaches like IPFS or SAFE network to get rid of servers.
I would aim for a serverless Solid, but I’m not sure whether we still need an intermediate server-based approach and switch over later. This is my current dilema.
Yes @rodant , with what I am proposing however, there would large replication of all public / shared content, through the idea that when you share some content from others, you get a copy of this content on your own POD. Therefore there is decentralization AND resilience of the data, provided that …. You have many POD servers ! because if all PODs are hosted by only an handful set of POD servers, then it is not so much decentralized….
In the extreme case scenario : if we could all self-host our own POD server on our own local machine, with the intend to only host our own POD (and maybe the ones from our family / close friends), then we would actually have a fully decentralized system, combining kind of a peer-to-peer network approach and the promise of Solid for keeping ownership of data. Our POD becomes indeed a replicated container for publicly shared data (replication of shared content into multiple PODs) and as well for your own private data, with control on who can see.
I still think we would need a central server for consolidation / indexing capability and ensuring that we can build high performing systems. But this server would not hold data, just pointers to data. And if this server fails, it does not affect the data itself, just the raw performance of the applications, which will get back to normal when the central server is restored.
I don’t exclude this possibility, applications could need some optimizations or additional processing implemented in an external service, which could also be high available. But I also don’t exclude that we find new decentralized solutions for those problems, the time will show that. Though, this is from my point of view the next step, first we must solve the central use cases in the best possible way.
Oh yes completely agree ! there are solutions for everything. It is a matter of being clear about where we want to go, state the intention, and then create with full trust that together we will get there
Also fully agreeing on the step by step approach : let’s start the ball rolling without waiting for everything to be perfect and we will improve with time. What we need now is to have a real world, production application, make it scale to many users and then iterate. We know this : the important matter is to get traction and wide adoption first.
I have the intention to build this decentralized social network we are talking about here, and do it fast, and do it together, so everyone is welcome to join to co-create ! I am 100% dedicated to this.
This seems even more interesting with considering the video data static, and having to be duplicated easily between machines. Pinning to IPFS pods and sharing the videos’ metadata via a simple Solid application sounds even more approachable, than turning Solid into a (fault-tolerant, duplicating) CDN. Eventually one could even reuse concepts or experiments with https://ipld.io/ ?
It would be more than a =basic CDN, it would be a contextual CDN with access ruled by your personal connections => you access the resource from the friend who shares it, and you yourself become a node for your own friends.
But indeed, I am not familiar with IPFS, I really need to check it !
Why not support copyrighted material too? Independent artists could create scarcity (and thus value appreciation) by limiting the number of copies that are distributed. In fact, their work could be tokenized and thus commoditized. This platform could enforce that using a blockchain such as ethereum.
About IPFS, indeed it could be used to shard high traffic content for a modical fee paid by the author.
Primer: “I want to empower people to co-create the world we want to live in and to build new businesses from scratch, that could actually be sustainable, fair, and of service for our growth as humanity”
“Low-code development technology must become a common good, as it is essential for unleashing the creativity and ingenuity of all individuals”
“I believe we are primed for the next leap forward [on Internet]: making all of us the creators of the very services we are actually using!”
I believe we share strong values, this is why I am so interested in integrating Solid and Generative Objects. I believe Generative Objects could be the right tool to gain momentum for Solid, because it could empower non-technical people to create applications, especially applications on Solid, very fast, and reach the critical mass of Solid applications to make it the new normal.