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.

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