Is it possible the internet/technology will ever have another "wild west" era? Discuss.

Is it possible the internet/technology will ever have another "wild west" era? Discuss.

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  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We are during that era right now. It will be called "Pre-AI regulations era"

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      True, but sadly AI is making things worse and not better for the most part. The best use case it has at the moment is generating anime breasts. Trying to incorporate it into search engines caused Google to tell people to eat glue and jump off bridges. Regulations would probably cuck corporations more than typical users right now. As interesting as the potential uses are, I dread the day my parents are old and dealing with AI-based scams or something.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're right. IQfy had a e-girl board, and now it's gone.
      SD threads post e-girl all the time and I see those post getting deleted by jannies more and more. e-girl is just an example, I don't want to activate polgays.
      Thank god regulations are huge high-inertia beasts that can only react to what they know, and not preemptively control anything.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Kys pedogay

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I will love myself even more.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    is tor gone?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      the "wild west" era was a product of it's time. sure, there's a growing community of personal internet webmasters out there, but most of them are either tourist troons that go back to xitter or tumblr after 10 minutes of coding at a time or massive nerds who have incredibly niche interests (which make it impossible for normies to find any of their websites interesting). we really will never again have a time where nearly every home user of the internet was a part of this movement.

      no

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Possibly

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The wild west era was defined by a sense of unknown and exploration. People were creating new things left and right because we did not yet know the limits of this new technology. Now we understand the capacities and limitations of most things, such as HTML.
    Innovation used to mean your black-and-white TV now had colors, it used to mean you can now send audio and images over the internet instead of just text. Now everytime a company talks about "innovation", it usually means another more-of-the-same product with new ways of fricking you over. When was the last time you saw true innovation? Not just cash grab slop or a mild improvement over something that came before?

    AI is the closest thing I've seen recently of a technology that, although not perfect, I can see great potential in it. But even then, the best uses of AI I've seen so far were automating menial tasks, like summarizing Terms Of Service or helping moderate websites. Maybe I'm just getting old and jaded, maybe I just don't see it within my social bubble, but I just haven't had the same feeling of amazement and desire to explore newer technology like I used to. Free software projects nowadays are the only tech I have fun messing around with, because I know they at least can't frick me over.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    in all likelyhood we're in one right now, those kinds of labels tend to only happen after the fact
    like nobody in 2001 knew they were at the end of an era

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically installing and exploring linux gives a similar sense of discovery because it often forces you off of the beaten path to find specific answers or read through documentation written 30 years ago.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not with normies on it.

    Tor is the closest thing you get to a wild west internet because it has a barrier to entry.

    You want wild west you have to make it difficult to access without some level of technical skill, have it be non-advertiser friendly, and have a search engine that actually works.

    Even then you wont get the true Web 1.0 because that magic, passion and creativity has been lost to the sands of time.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    once AI spam and bots overwhelmed traditional platforms and search engines we will have a postapocalyptic internet era where people will huddle together in fortified enclaves constantly on the watch for AI intrusions

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      All cyberpunk predictions are becoming true, so based off that, we will have this

      The old net, completely taken over by AI and firewalled. The new net, completely controlled by corporations like NetWatch, for your safety ofc. And then a few BBS data fortresses run by rebels and misfits where the true internet wild west will be.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >rebels and misfits
        The resistance will be here any minute now..

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it possible the internet/technology will ever have another "wild west" era?
    No.
    >Discuss.
    What is there to discuss? Governments aren't going to change, people aren't going to magically become less moronic. It will only get worse if you haven't seen the golden age well sucks to be you.

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    TEOTWAWKI will be '90s BBS days all over again. It'll be awesome.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    unlikely

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    On the normal internet? No. Everything is centralized and no one bothers to get out of shit like discord. On TOR it's mostly scams and illegal shit though you can find some cool stuff. On I2P I think it's the closest thing to an internet wildwest right now. There's just so much cool shit on there you just want to explore more.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Not without an actual spirit of rebellion in the users.

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