The SAFE network should have gone live in January 2000 in my opinion. I’m really glad there’s finally some hope of escaping the tyranny of “domain registrars”, “certificate authorities”, DNS nightmare, hosting nightmare, dealing with servers, thieves and scammers such as PayPal, and all that crap, BUT… I fear it’s all coming way too late. I know it’s anything but an easy task, and the developers are geniuses, but I also get an eerie feeling that it soon won’t matter.
With remote hardware backdoors built into every Intel/AMD processor shipped since many years, and recent generations making it impossible to remove, and with Windows having turned into one big surveillance fest, one has to really wonder what possible chances the SAFE network stands to grow usefully big, once finally released.
Let’s never forget that even if SAFE is the smartest, most thought-through and attractive technology ever created, it will all have been for nothing – many years of wasted efforts – unless it can be successfully put in front of the masses’ eyes. I don’t see any major company helping SAFE out, for example by allowing it to be bundled with some popular software. With a lot of personal experience in failed projects that never went anywhere, as well as a user and supporter of various projects which I wanted to succeed, but remained obscure and thus practically worthless, I really am genuinely concerned about how this is going to work out, even though I really love the idea.
Is there some really concrete action that is planned to actually spread SAFE? Please don’t think for a second that its merits alone will be enough.