Dec 7, 2020
Ready for Web 3.0? Skynet may be
the solution. Sia, one of the main decentralized internet companies
that provides an open market for data storage, released a new
technology called Skynet. Engineering Manager Matt Sevey tells
listeners how Skynet rises above other cloud storage providers.
Listen and learn
Matt Sevey is an Engineering
Manager and Core Developer with Skynet, which is part of the Sia
network. Sia is a well-established group that utilizes
decentralized internet blockchain technology to create an open
marketplace for data storage. In March 2020, they launched Skynet,
a technology that allows nodes, called portals, to run from a
personal laptop, as well as web portals that are publicly
discoverable. This means it offers a "global data layer," where any
content uploaded is available to any other Skynet portal. From an
application standpoint, this is huge.
Matt says that it "breaks down the silos of data that we have on today's centralized internet," opening up numerous ways for building applications. From a user's standpoint, it allows for a single account for all one's interactions on the web and a revolutionary way to share data. Finally, from a content creator's standpoint, it allows for "recursive content monetization," which means advertisers no longer need interrupt the flow of content.
An example of this usability? In
a recent "hackathon," their term for coding competitions for
students, one of the finalists was someone new to web development
and had never heard of Skynet. Nonetheless, they were able to
create an award-level application. In addition, this combined with
the transferability of information is a game changer. If someone
were to create a twitter-like application and it became
problematic, a whole new application could be created and all
participants and their past posts would transfer seamlessly.
He and Richard discuss the nuances of information sharing, censorship, and dangerous content control in the Skynet system. And don't worry: he says that Sia still offers encrypted, private data storage for those who want that service.
For more information to get started, see siasky.net.
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