Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing it.
Maybe we here are in a disconnected bubble. It’s definitely an idea that we should inspect from time to time, regardless, just to stay real.
You’ve yourself pointed out some of the things that will get people interested: viewing content they otherwise couldn’t. All that will be necessary is to download the SAFE Browser. Viewing open data is free.
From there, at least some people will be eager to run vaults to assist the network, and earn safecoin. While I tend to downplay safecoin because it’s about the network–it isn’t just about a new cryptocurrency" but about an new way of communicating, organizing, being free and responsible, etc.–I do not underestimate the value that people will place on a currency that is backed by contribution to a revolutionary, uncensorable, private, secure and autonomous data and communications network. One which is virtually instantaneous, anonymous, scalable, etc. People will place value on that and want some of it, for PUTting data to the network, for sure, but also because it HAS REAL WORLD VALUE that will be in demand.
Safecoin will, itself, be a huge boon to network adoption, as it should be.
Privacy, security and freedom, when they are default and easy, will also be more attractive than you think. Yeah, currently people who “have nothing to hide” will use insecure open networks, because the alternatives are daunting and so forth. When it’s easy and hip, things will be different.
Besides, just because the majority aren’t concerned about something as important as their own privacy and security, doesn’t mean we can’t attract them with superior tech and economics to do it better.
Anyway, that’s some of my optimistic fan-boy views. Maybe we’re wrapped in some sort of tech-cult thinking. Always possible. I’ve been there before, actually, so it’s good to do a reality check now and then. So thanks again.
Perhaps others will share other aspects I’ve overlooked, and perhaps ones that you have that prick the bubble.