At present, there is far more to be gained...

...by pushing the boundaries of what can be done by the bottom than by focusing on what can be done at the top.

When it comes to control, there is plenty of room at the bottom. What we are discovering is that peer-based networks with millions of parts, minimal oversight, and maximum connection among them can do far more than anyone ever expected. We don't yet know what the limits of decentralization are.



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-- KK