The internet is a cesspool of fraud and abuse. A broken system designed for a fantasy world that will never exist. It cannot be secured. All the value it touches will inevitably be stolen.
I've made little effort to hide the fact that I'm fed up with this technology. For years now it has been Google this, Apple that and Facebook for the other thing. Someday everyone will own a "smart phone." Low cost software is eating the earth. Network effects are creating unbreakable monopoly scale moat around the future of interpersonal communications.
The problem is, its all nonsense.
The age of the smartphone is ending. Iphone version 13 will have seven cameras because, why? Wall Street isn't stupid enough to believe even the most ardent fan will keep shelling out ever larger portions of their income for these features. Very soon now the numbers will fail to meet expectations and the stock premiums will decline.
Innovation in the space has stopped. 5G isn't going to change anything. The faster speeds it promises are still a decade away for dense urban areas, and will likely never materialize for the worlds vast rural population.
Ohh, the tech giants will make many profits in years ahead. One or more may even still be operating at centuries end. But the high flying days of infinite possibility for these firms is over.
The world is about to change in ways that few can appreciate. Standard oil was not permitted to control the auto industry. Microsoft was not allowed to control the web interface. And none of this present crop of tech empires will be permitted to control what comes next.
There are fundamental flaws in the infrastructure of the internet. The TCP/IP stack of protocols that handle the switching and routing of information packets that IS the internet was designed to be resilient. If the connection between New York and Chicago is broken, the network can reroute information via another connection through Virginia, or whatever. It was not designed to be secure. It was built on TRUST. Security was added after the fact. Like, decades later! Well into the era of commercialization.
Even to this day it is impossible to secure a website on the public internet without giving Verisign or some other private for-profit firm the complete master keys to the SSL encryption system. With the keys in hand it is trivially easy to decrypt the entire data stream. Client lists. Email communications. Cloud storage data. All of it. Don't need your permission. Don't need to care about you at all.
If anyone asks why thousands of people need access to the most important digital keys? Preventing kiddy porn. Case closed.
The reason the world is a dumpster fire of daily data hacks and ransomware hit jobs is that critical network services are fundamentally broken.
For example, the domain name service (DNS) that converts high value brand laden website addresses like www.whatever.com to network routable IP addresses is exploitable in numerous ways. It is one of the reasons we have tech giants. The nature of DNS means companies like Apple and Google can run their own private versions of the public internet. Every Android phone on earth uses the Google DNS servers and if Google dislikes you it can, with no permission from anyone, make your entire domain vanish from Android phones. Apple can do this as well. Other flaws in the protocol mean that China and others can do it to them. And this isn't even the biggest problem with the system.
Look at the electronic mail system (e-mail). Agents for Google's Gmail and Microsoft Outlook are fond of pointing out how effectively their now ubiquitous systems filter the SPAM messages that their users would prefer not to see.
SPAM is a sham that monopolists use to tarnish any communication that wasn't propertly taxed. You think that picture of your lunch isn't a sales pitch? The distinction is economic and it leads to only one dark dead end.
It is seemingly impossible to crack the tech hegemony because it is impossible to convey a message that they dislike.
This is a clown show.
It is time for change.