Most of the futures I imagine involve a BitTorrent-like protocol backing a medium which looks like Today’s Twitter. A distributed client network that doesn’t filter feeds, recommend content, and has IRC-like channels.
“ Addresses were selected from lists of bombed-out buildings, and printers were engaged to put together letterheads for these fake groups, many of which “were littered with quotations that would act both as clues and as an inspiration to the prisoners,” as Clayton Hutton puts it. Some of these clues were pretty daring, such as a few lines from St Matthew, Chapter 7: “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” I am reminded, whenever I read this, of the story of the US prison escape attempt that was foiled only because the chef baking the cake with the file in it got a little carried away and wrote, “Good luck with the break-out!” in icing.”
“ Galt’s Gulch Chile is (was) meant to be a modern and real-world replica of Ayn Rand’s objectivist hide-out in Atlas Shrugged. Wealthy investors (or at least folks with a lot of bitcoin) envisioned a protected libertarian community where they could ride out the impending social and financial downfall of American society. Unfortunately for those taken in by the project, it appears now that the whole enterprise was a greed-driven scam.”