You're looking at some words on a white screen, but these words actually represent a series of notable firsts.
This is the first blog post that uses humm as its publication channel. humm is the first fully distributed publishing platform, ever. And humm is the first community-developed Holochain-based hApp to go live.
So why is this interesting?
Because the future of technology is distributed.
Decentralized databases and distributed ledgers are so hot right now. Everyone's talking about blockchain. The bitcoin mania of late-2017 has calmed (momentarily) but that hasn't stopped multinational corporations, government agencies and every other coder in the world from starting a blockchain project.
But is blockchain really the answer?
While there are several high-profile blockchain-based projects aiming to do something similar to humm, most of them either haven't delivered software yet or aren't truly distributed.
We have deep reservations about whether blockchains can ever live up to the hype, given we're not seeing many real applications developed (even by the companies that have raised billions of dollars). And it's not just us with doubts — even the guy who invented the World Wide Web isn't sure blockchain is the solution. Tim Berners Lee has just released an open source project called Solid that aims to reinvent the internet, again.
The vision behind Holochain is even more ambitious — nothing less than an entirely new computing paradigm to facilitate greater social intelligence and coordination, based on patterns and blueprints found in living ecosystems. With 5G networks rolling out worldwide, populations being drawn into mega-cities and transhumanism gathering momentum, we think that's the kind of vision our planet desperately needs.
Are there ways to use technology that help make us more human, not less?
We'd better find out, quickly. If we don't use technology to support organic life, there's a solid chance that AI will eat this planet.
But there's a different choice. We can create systems that support local communities, encourage us to connect with each other and help us reconnect with nature through the food we grow, the air we breathe and the water we drink. If we can do that, then we have a shot at a different future.
Of all the next-generation application frameworks, Holochain and Holo.host are built on the deepest understanding of how humans actually communicate. They offer a unique way to bridge the internet of now with the next web, and they're inspired by genuine respect for the wisdom of nature. We like the Holochain vision so much, we decided to build some hApps.
Our hope is that humm will offer people new ways to connect, collaborate and demonstrate compassion for each other. Making the world a better place can become a real project, not just a joke in a TV show. Instead of technology using us to engineer our own demise, we can use technology to help us become better humans.
So what comes next?
Comments! That's what is in our current sprint, and we should have a fully working user comments mixin complete in a couple of weeks. Sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page to be notified when that's ready.
Lots of blog posts! We'll publish stories to this blog about our journey into the world of peer-to-peer cryptographic applications and our vision for the future of publishing. We'll cover topics such as:
** How we built the humm publisher app (Spoiler alert: one step was mimicking the holo.host network.)
** Dev tips for the Holochain community (We've learned a lot by getting our hands dirty and want to share what we've discovered.)
** Holochain architecture design workshops (We're spending a lot of time figuring out how to architect Holochain apps and we'd like to help app ideas come to life. If you have an app you're having a hard time designing, drop us a line.)
Community Bloggers! We are looking for some passionate Holochainers to write on our blog. If you work for the Holochain core team, are a passionate community developer or have a really great idea for a feature, please contact us. We'd love to talk.
And if you'd like to work with us in any way, get in touch at [email protected]