Interview with Lucas Gonze of Webjay

Great, great, great interview with Lucas Gonze, who’s a P2P expert and founded the decentralization mailing list.

Richard: There has been a lot of talk recently about the “Internet as Platform”, meaning decentralized web services and the “network effects” that come of that. The lock-in strategy to gain users is based on data and content services, rather than software or operating systems such as Microsoft’s Windows. Google, Amazon and Flickr are some notable examples of this theory. Was World OS trying to do a similar thing? I’m interested in why you chose the name “WorldOS”…
Lucas: Google, Amazon and Flickr are only elements of a larger thing with a coherent identity if you zoom way out. At that scale, the internet should, assuming the viewpoint is correct, exist within something like the Gaia hypothesis. The internet OS idea is a Gaia hypothesis for the internet.
The world OS idea is a Gaia hypothesis for all information processing entities, not just computers. For example, traffic conditions probably have an impact on internet weather, and so I prefer a view of information ecology that incorporates real world systems like rush hour traffic.
The operating environment at internet scale is a different kind of animal than an operating system. You don’t build it, you observe it, and you don’t write to an API, you try to take advantage of your observations. So my software was not ever intended to build an internet OS but rather to work well in the context of the existing internet OS.

Interview with Lucas Gonze of Webjay []