A few months ago, I published a post in my personal blog concerned with a set of 4 critical issues that shadow our digital infrastructure. I talked about improving the infrastructure with a better Web at its core. Building this new Web is something I feel very passionate about and I’m working full-time to help push in this direction.

The pervasiveness of these different trends is consolidating a relationship with technology where digital devices are already grabbing our attention constantly, with a stream of incoming notifications and a screen in every place we might set our eyes upon.

This brings new challenges as to how we can interact with technology more effectively, but also poses even stronger privacy, censorship and security concerns.

Lately, we have seen how the technology sector is dominated more and more by giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. These are companies that actively, at a greater or lesser extent, attempt to force their walled gardens on people. As technology covers an ever-growing piece of our lives, this becomes more of an issue due to the restraints it imposes on our freedom. We have become their products and are in their hands.

We also risk widening the economic gap, as those who control this network of devices are very few, leaving the rest of the people at a clear disadvantage. It is also of vast importance to keep folks with every kind of disability in mind as no one must be left behind.

These are big upcoming changes and a whole set of accompanying risks that together offer the opportunity to transform human-computer interaction. We must seek to make good use of this transformation and take the chance to implement a platform that is focused on humans.

This is our chance to bring back the initial vision of the Internet, a decentralized network where the different peers had similar power, instead of most connections mainly going through the servers of very few big corporations. It is our chance to build a platform where users are treated as humans, truly owning the different aspects of their identity and without discrimination. It is our chance to build a user interface that is capable of blending physical and digital reality without turning humans into products.

I’d like to present Holonet, a platform for immersive and ambient computing that puts humans at the center. Let me break it down a bit more.

Immersive & Ambient Computing Platform

The billions of connected devices, and the billions more coming online in the upcoming years, compose the backbone of our technological infrastructure and the fundamentals for ambient computing, whereas immersive technologies are the human interface to this incredible network.

Holonet makes the Web the ideal platform for immersive and ambient computing. By focusing on how people interact with XR and IoT, it creates a seamless transition between the physical and the digital world.

It focuses on a great experience for everyone, always keeping accessibility, security and privacy at the forefront. This is possible by building on top of decentralized technologies such as Dat, IPFS and Ethereum.

Universal Single Identity

Holonet brings forward the concept of a Virtual Persona, your unique and global identity for everything, both in the digital and the physical world. Only you can own and manage it and choose what to share with each site.

By building on top of uPort, people and organizations can own an easy to use private and secure identity that will work perfectly with the rest of the environment.

Virtual Personas are the core block at Holonet’s center. Now that technology and nature are indistinguishable, it stops making sense to have an identity for the physical world, and multiple identities for each online silo. Signing in with different accounts every time we visit an immersive 3D world, or we bump into an AR interface down the street is a terrible user experience. There’s a seamless transition from one Holonet site to another.

This platform change brings upon us a great chance to change how we manage information, giving humans back ownership over their identities, ownership of what makes them, them. We will be sharing even more information and ensuring privacy is necessary. Virtual Personas can selectively share discreet pieces of data about them with specific sites, to get a personalized experience without giving over control over the identity. It is also possible to have multiple Virtual Personas to be anonymous in certain contexts.

Social Virtual Universe

We’re helping to bring the power of an extra dimension to the Web. It allows unseen possibilities to how we learn and express ourselves.

Easily create a WebXR compatible social 3D web site that can be linked to other Holonet sites seamlessly. It comes with a basic common locomotion, interaction and physics system.

Where do we go from here?

We need an open, safe and private platform for all technology that guarantees equal opportunities for everyone and provides a great experience. And the Web is a great starting point as it’s the most open and universal platform out there.

Based on this philosophy, Holonet is a set of tools to make the Web the platform for ambient and immersive computing. Tools to act as a bridge from the current Web to the social 3D Web, where people own their identities.

With so many people excited about building VR and AR experiences, we want to help them get started and offer their users a great experience, building the 3D open Web together.

Even though it is still really early days for Holonet, we have many new features coming in the next few months. We’d also love to hear your feedback and see how we could work together. Please get in touch!

If you want to learn more, take a look at our whitepaper.

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