Dfinity announced on June 30 the Tungsten release of its "Internet Computer" project, officially opening the platform to outside developers. On the occasion of this, it demonstrated CanCan, an open alternative to TikTok built with less than 1000 lines of code.
The internet computer is a decentralized and unpatented network for running the next generation of mega applications. It gives developers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to build and develop software on an open network apparently free from platform risk.
Dominic Williams, founder and chief scientist at Dfinity, explained, “Whether you build on APIs or rely solely on a major tech cloud platform, it's a red flag for investors. This changes that and will mark the start of a new wave for the web where developers can push their code directly onto the Internet itself and start with inherently fraud-resistant and fast software. ”
To push this push back to the free and open roots of the Internet, Dfinity has introduced a new programming language, Motoko, which is optimized for the Internet computer. This allowed the CanCan demonstration to be built code-efficiently.
Cointelegraph asked Williams what kind of applications he expected to see developed as the project opened up to outside developers:
“Things that were previously unthinkable and that could not have happened without the internet computer. We expect it to open a new wave of innovation in software and services. I'm sure we'll also see open versions of software that already exist in the closed proprietary world that developers want to improve and not hand over their data to a big tech company. "
Andreessen Horowitz, or a16z as it is also known, has been a major supporter of Dfinity since its early days and has recently surpassed its funding goal for a new crypto-focused fund. General partner Chris Dixon told Cointelegraph that he thought the internet computer's potential impact could be similar to that of iPhone development:
& # 39; You released the iPhone in 2007, the app store in 2008 and probably 2009 through 12 was actually, when you look back, the period of Instagram, Uber, Lyft, all now huge iPhone apps. I think Dfinity will be the iPhone. We are now pre-iPhone in the blockchain space […] But the real action started after that. ”
Dixon thinks this could take decades to play out, though he suggests early products could grow big over the next five to 10 years and produce good financial and social outcomes.
Interested developers can apply from July 1 to access the internet computer at dfinity.org. The public release of the internet computer is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.