My personal view is unpopular in the forum. I personally think that few people will use the network to store information in the first stage.
In my opinion, most people who keep bags with MAID will not spend them to buy storage in Safe. They bought for speculation. And these are the people who believe most in our mission.
So if the core of believers will not use the network to upload information, then what is the probability that the average person will do so? Again, I’m talking about the first phase.
What everyone would like, however, is to receive free money. There is currently no crypto that can be farm by all of humanity (with the free computer resource of the people).
So I think in the first stage, Safe will just be a reasonable money printing machine (money that has “storage” hedging). What I personally do not believe is that people will exchange the reasonable money for storage in the network. I think they will keep them and speculate. And speaking of people, I’m talking about 99% of them, of course there will be 1% who will use the network.
The difference with Storj, Filecoin, Sia is that they have very little speculative value and very few people can farm them.
That’s why I’m currently imagining the Safe era in the following stages:
- Age of the Money printing machine - here different versions of Safe will compete to gain the trust of large groups of people and the focus will be on the “storage” hedging money.
- Age of utility - here most of humanity will start farming in the various Safe Networks and will have real utility - Safecoins currencies will have replaced government money and will be used to store value and as payment networks, and the space in the networks will now be used for useful things (for example as an ecosystem for autonomous transport management).
As I said, it is not a popular opinion, but at the moment I think it is realistic. People don’t care about eternal preservation of their information, they don’t care about freedom, they don’t care about security. But they care about money. And we live in a time when this year 20% of all the money in the world are printed, it is a theft of the savings of every working person and it is the main problem we all face. I see how the Safe networks will be used for its solution, although Safe is not designed for this purpose…