Applications of distributed information networks

1 – Emergency responses to disasters.

An emergency network would include workstations and sensors. In the event of a disaster, some set of nodes would be destroyed or disabled. Due to the distributed nature of the system, information would show destroyed nodes at all functioning nodes.

2 – Mobile networks without advertising spam and without malware.

When moving through cities, people should be able to network anonymously, without handing out their phone numbers to a central surveillance authority.

If mobile phones are used for local computing, advertisers will profile each phone owner as a potential customer and subject users to commercial spam. This spam process can be subverted by malware.

A distributed network can be designed to be highly resistant to both malware and advertising.

3 – distributed production, logistics, and retailing.

Manufacturers need to be able to leverage desktop manufacturing technologies. Distributed computing would allow “friend to friend” networks of various kinds and would allow multiple identities to allow a single manufacturer to assume various roles.

IPFS needs bootstrapping badly

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IPFS is a new and exciting technology, and a few days ago it had a lot of available nodes, probably because it was linked from some popular website, and so a lot of people decided to try it on that day.

Today there are very few nodes online. (Although more peers might become visible if users try to execute a lot of storage operations.)

For a serious experimental setup, there would have to be a local bootstrapping node, which would probably require a static IP.

The main site is at:

http://ipfs.io/

and it has downloads which install very easily.

Juan Benet did a talk about the basics: