The Tron project (founded and led by Justin Sun, a former protege of Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma) is highly ambitious. It aims to use blockchain technology to decentralize the whole world wide web, which would change the world.
Imagine that Google, Facebook or Youtube suddenly didn’t have a say on the way things are around the internet anymore. No more monetization policies dictated by private companies and no more privacy breaches so that the company can make an extra buck by selling other private companies data about your preferences, your taste in music, your web searches, political or sexual preferences, etc. Well, that’s how it would be if Tron could have its way.
Decentralize the web
And how do you decentralize the web, I hear you ask? Well, it’s not a simple process for sure. Nobody really knows right now what it would take to achieve that because nobody has even tried before. But it’s clear that it would be a long and complicated process that will require several ingredients working in tandem to succeed.
The first thing you’d need, of course, would be a reliable, fast and cheap blockchain. The good news is that Tron already has that blockchain. And you would need several other technologies and things but, for now, we will stick to the essential ingredient after the blockchain: decentralized applications.
Decentralized applications or dApps
And what is a decentralized application? Well, it’s an application like all the other ones you know already (say, Gmail, for instance, or any other useful website you use frequently).
The difference is not in the functionality nor in the appearance, to notice that something is different with dApps you’d need to look under the hood. That would reveal that there are no central servers (as in Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon or any of the current websites of the world, regardless of their size or influence).
You’d notice that the information that keeps the app running is scattered all over the world in several computers. And that means that no single entity (a webmaster, a developer, a company executive) can affect the way the app works, simply because he can’t change the way that so many computers do business, especially at the same time when some of those computers are in Asia, others in Europe, or anywhere else in the world.
#TRON is adding an average of 4 new DApps every day
4 days later, 16 new DApps launched on TRON, reaching a total of 290 on March 26
— Misha Lederman (@mishalederman) March 26, 2019
On further good news, Tron also has the decentralized apps already. Not only does it have them but they’re growing incredibly quickly. Last Friday, 274 decentralized applications were running on Tron’s Main Net. Then, over the next four days, 16 new Dapps were deployed, so the grand total was of 290 by last Tuesday.
Do the math. While this is not the best statistical sample in the world, we could still conclude (if rather sloppily) that Tron is growing by four new dApps per day on average. That is just a tremendous speed.
So Tron does have some of the elements it needs to really decentralize the web in place already. Do not be surprised if, in time, it actually achieves it.
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