"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." ~Carl Sagan

In order to create or invoke any idea or thing, there must first be a universe for it to exist. Existence is always within some kind of context.

As we live more and more of our lives in the virtual space we are spending more time within a digital universe that exists as the result of millions of years of human evolution that culminates in the creation of computers, the internet, and services built on top of it.
But here's an idea that's so big it's tough to see: the way the internet is now is not the only way it can be.

But, in order to imagine a different internet experience you can't just make a change here and a change there.

You have to create an entirely new universe.
As long as you stay within the boundaries of the universe you're currently inhabiting, you'll always come to the conclusion that how things are now are inevitable.

That's circular logic though. Things are the way things are now because of how things are in this universe.
You wind up believing that the way things are now are inevitable because that's the way they've played out so far.

It takes an incredible amount of daring & imagination to set out to build an entirely new universe for people to inhabit in the virtual space.
It's so daring & ambitious (and abstract) that most people have trouble even wrapping their minds around meta-reality in the first place.

But there are people working on it.
How things are now with the internet we all live on together is broken.

My digital existence is fractured across platforms. Some faceless corporate entity owns this piece of me, and another owns that piece of me.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They all have a piece.
And they own it.

They own me.

Sure, I can download it. I can have [a copy] of it. And so will they after I do. If you don't think that's weird, you're in the grips of "this is how it is, so this is how it has to be" thinking.
There are quiet projects out there aiming to recreate a better online universe where you are the sole creator & owner of your digital choices.

Where your data is yours to control, and the default mode requires services to request access to it.
One of the cooler projects I've found working to this end is @urbit.

It's not a single bandaid to the internet problem.
@urbit Urbit is aiming to create an entirely new internet which is a network of computers. So to build a new internet they have to create a new computer. In order to create a new computer they are creating a new computing language.

Their apple pie is a new type of computing.
@urbit It's not a lot to look at right now, but the potential is there.

If you focus on what it is right now you'll miss what it can be. Just like if you focus on atoms (what reality is) you'll never understand the beauty of Tchaikovsky's music (what life can be).
@urbit If this is the kind of weird stuff you like thinking about, I'd invite you to check out the project.

If you somehow become an interdimensional universe-jumper, hit me up once you're on the urbit network. I look forward to visiting your planet.
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