The Everything App
In a blog article published in 2006, Nick Szabo wrote about his concept of dry code and wet code. He distinguished between human-readable code and computer-readable code:
“There's a strong distinction to be made between "wet code," interpreted by the brain, and "dry code," interpreted by computers. Human-read media is wet code whereas computer code and computer-readable files (to the extent a computer deals meaningfully with them) are "dry code." Law is wet code, interpreted by those on whom the law is imposed, and interpreted (often somewhat differently) by law enforcers, but most authoritatively (and even more differently) interpreted by judges. Human language is mostly wet code but to the extent computer programs crudely translate from one language to another, keyword-ad programs parse text to make an educated guess as to what ads a user will most likely click, and so on, human language text can also be dry code. Traditional contracts are wet code whereas smart contracts are mostly dry code. Secure property titles and the domain name system are mostly dry code.”
As human technology develops, more and more of our “wet code” (laws, social customs, habits, protocols) can and will be interpreted by computers, therefore more utility we can give to them. This is what Marc Andreessen referred to in his infamous 2011 quote when he said: “Software is eating the world.”
In the grand scheme of things, in a world where the amount of data we generate grows exponentially - we produced more data in the last 10 years than in the entire history of mankind - we are in a never ending pursuit to increase our data processing abilities - a pursuit many scientists argue will lead to the invention of artificial intelligence.
As a collective, our goal seems to be to create the Everything App - as Elon Musk called it in passing in 2022 as a comment to the Twitter acquisition process. The concept of the Everything App is easily understood: one solution where you can do anything and everything you want to in the digital world. Sounds familiar?
This is also the promise of the Metaverse, because this is the next natural evolutionary step of the Internet. But whether it’ll be a monstrous love child of megacorporations creating a dystopian future, where 70-90% of your awake time will be governed by a shareholder committee, or a decentralized, shared environment where you have true agency, rights and control over your life is yet to be seen.
We are building the latter and calling all Web3 developers to join this movement, because the internet of tomorrow is being coded today.