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Urbit presents itself—at least, conceptually—as one of the most ambitious internet companies in existence. It aims to do to digital “real estate” what Bitcoin wants to do to money. It is not a computer program or social media platform, but rather an alternative networking protocol and operating syste...

Urbit presents itself—at least, conceptually—as one of the most ambitious internet companies in existence. It aims to do to digital “real estate” what Bitcoin wants to do to money. It is not a computer program or social media platform, but rather an alternative networking protocol and operating system, aiming, essentially, to replace the current, centralized, TCP/IP-based client-server model with a peer-to-peer network of virtual servers, called “planets,” that individuals can run themselves. The idea is that all of your online activity will be routed through your planet, using Urbit-native apps. It’s backed by Peter Thiel and Andreessen Horowitz, and it has a hardcore group of people, who seem to possess a lot of intelligence and a lot of Adderall, working to build it. There are also, somewhat more mysteriously—but somehow equally essentially—a handful of well-connected New York publicists, magazine editors, art advisers, modeling agents and socialites on its payroll.

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Phenomenal article, really an excellent read by James Duesterberg. My take on the urbit scene: it must be utterly exhausting to have no there there, like treading water for the rest of your life. h/t ⁦⁦⁦@vgr⁩