Hmmmm, I’m sure there’s alternative views to mine, but in simple terms I don’t know if there’s really a view that SAFE is necessarily trying to replace Google et al mate (not in the short term anyway).
If there are attractive options on the network that develop that people want to adopt, the larger market movers like google will eventually have to shift their business model/s to align with what joe public is flocking to at the time.
I’ll give you a bit of inside knowledge re the possible coups your referring to (wink wink) they won’t exist or at least won’t until the network is secured, thriving and taking a reasonable market share. Big tech companies once they reach a certain size largely just pump out for profit and aren’t really too concerned until the market indicates otherwise.
Sitting in quite a few meetings of this nature over the years indicate by the time SAFE is proven and thriving it most likely will be the case the Microsofts etc will move to their own version of the network if they need to from a cost/benefit perspective.
But really we are talking unrealistic short term scenarios there and your probably talking maybe a decade along in time from release until SAFE is imprinted enough for this really to be a concern (just my opinion here and I’d love be to be wrong).
The inevitable regulation attempts will be the more difficult bridge that we need to cross tbh.
The approach maidsafe takes in preparing for the initial wave and the initial professional client base they can acquire will most likely determine whether SAFE is shoved into the limelight for discussion early on whilst not fully matured or if it takes bitcoins slightly more clandestine route before it reaches the ‘dinner table’ for discussion.
As for is there anything else out there like this? Well I could write an essay but short answer is no. Many inferior and technically deficient loosely called alternatives exist but they mostly aren’t taking the same wholistic route this project is and frankly exist on a different planet from a technical perspective.
Be super happy you found SAFE, your waaaaay ahead of the pack, which includes Sir Google