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Love in the age of decentralised personal computing

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Speculations on the distributed/Web3 future of online dating

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Love in the age of decentralised personal computing

  1. 1. Love in the age of decentralised personal computing @jasonksackey
  2. 2. Love in the age of decentralised personal computing @jasonksackey
  3. 3. About me ● Frontend developer ○ Agencies ○ Wooshii ● Occasional blogger
  4. 4. ● The present: centralised ● The future ○ decentralised?
  5. 5. Modern centralised dating services ● Interface: mobile app, website ● User database ● Matching algorithms ● Messaging
  6. 6. Userbases
  7. 7. ● Maximise users ● Network effect
  8. 8. ● Safety, security ● Quality control ● General vs niche
  9. 9. Why decentralise? ● More choice ● More end-user control ● Secure (?)
  10. 10. Encrypted messaging? Nobody cares.
  11. 11. Dating on a blockchain?
  12. 12. … with AI?
  13. 13. ● Daters and ‘matchmakers’ are peers on a network ● Separation of service and UI
  14. 14. User experience ● Unified interface for multiple services ● Search everywhere ● One inbox
  15. 15. “We Experiment On Human Beings! – The OkCupid Blog” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OkCupid#201 4_experimenting_on_users
  16. 16. Why decentralise? (2) ● Identity verification services ● Reputation
  17. 17. “Ashley Madison [...] used ‘bots’ to give users the impression that the site had more female users” http://fortune.com/2016/07/10/ashley-madison-chatbots/
  18. 18. Holochain ● Like blockchain, but sharded ● validating monotonic DHT ● JavaScript (or Lisp) ● Web UI
  19. 19. https://github.com/Holochain/holochain-proto/wiki
  20. 20. https://github.com/Holochain/holochain-proto/wiki
  21. 21. https://github.com/Holochain/holochain-proto/wiki
  22. 22. ● Network of personal servers ● OS: Arvo ● Languages: Nock, Hoon ● Web UI Urbit
  23. 23. Urbit ● Identity ● ~mighex-forfem ● Messaging ● Unix minus legacy
  24. 24. General purpose social network ● Standardised identity and chat ● Decoupled user interfaces ● No lock-in
  25. 25. ● Lower costs ● More choice ● Meta-matchmakers? Decentralised ‘matchmaker’ services
  26. 26. ● Professional networking ● Hobbies ● Politics ● Religion Beyond dating
  27. 27. ● Semi-decentralisation ● Data portability ● Separation of concerns ● Blockchain? Keys to decentralised social computing
  28. 28. @jasonksackey

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