Web 3.0 – A Chat With Ethereum’s Gavin Wood
Gavin, how do blockchains fit into your overall vision of Web 3.0? How important are they in this vision?
While the Internet provides us with a great way to communicate with individuals the world over, it is difficult to enter into an agreement with them; typically, we must trust either them directly (in the case of an e-commerce site, for example) or a third-party that vouches for them. Both are susceptible to the sorts of abuse that blockchain-based technology can mitigate or remove entirely.
Explain some other key technologies underpinning Web 3.0?
The other two key technologies we'll need to see for Web 3.0 to be realised pertain to the delivery of so-called "static" data and to the transmission of dynamic information.The first relates to the parts of a web site (or web application) that don't change. This might be the information describing layout and styling together with any content that tends not to change often such as images and text.The delivery mechanism for this would be a p2p system similar to BitTorrent or Freenet, but including additional measures to guarantee some level of anonymity and allow incentivisation of participation.The second relates to the publication and discovery of information that tends to change often or is otherwise time-sensitive. This might be information relating to the current status of an individual or some other component of the website. An example here would be the items on an e-commerce site.By splitting the two from each other, we are able to optimise the experience of users. For example, it should be possible to interact with an e-commerce at full-speed even with a slow Internet connection; the speed of the Internet should affect only the dynamic information - that which is likely to change from minute-to-minute.Static information, such as the general layout, text, images and logic should be "cached", or pre-downloaded and thus pages should "load" instantaneously, even if some of the information they contain is a little old.
Won’t there be governmental resistance to a web of pseudonyms, untraceable and encrypted connections? How much success can monolithic centres of power have in resisting this evolution?