Is Decentralization a Threat to Amazon?

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Amazon is a world dominator and has slowly transformed into a multi-industry overlord since its 1994 inception as a

used book marketplace. CEO Jeff Bezos wields his influence in many areas, and entire US states compete for his company’s

next warehouse location by offering tax credit deals. Even established industry giants fearfully anticipate his next acquisition.

Recently, the company took control of Whole Foods, and the entire retail grocery market suffered prolonged stock value declines.

 

Amazon is truly a force of centralization, and its leader is a champion of modern capitalism. Recently, however, 

blockchain technology proved that it had the ability to support complicated user networks, digital libraries and business flow on

a decentralized system. Its successes thus far fly in the face of the traditional paradigm, in which Amazon has proven itself time and again.

One question remains: are they scared?

 

Can Amazon Feel the Heat?

Realistically, no, Amazon is not currently scared of decentralization. It stands to reason that a company which

demonstrates such a willingness to pivot into new circumstances, could also simply develop their own decentralized solution

that preserves their vast stake in the status quo. However, assuming they don’t have a blockchain solution ready to release tomorrow,

or that they won’t just acquire competitive companies in the space, decentralization is indeed a threat to the way Amazon currently operates.


One of the tenets of Amazon’s business is its AWS service, a storage and hosting solution for those who need to keep their online assets

(like websites, applications, and more) running. Users from around the world log in to AWS servers,

which are kept in a central location, to access their data. Unfortunately, blockchain hosting solutions threaten this model in many ways.

They’re better in terms of security, speed, and pricing.

 

The Power of Decentralization

Decentralized networks are not susceptible to the same attacks that can take down an AWS server.

DDoS attacks target a single source of data and flood it with so many requests that it shuts down, taking every website it hosts along with it.

Decentralized solutions host the network’s assets on all nodes simultaneously, so affecting one (or many) will make no difference to users.

Viewers of a website hosted on a decentralized server will also enjoy a faster connection because their computer

will be communicating with local nodes rather than a faraway server.

 

Another large part of Amazon’s business is advertising. Not running ads, but rather selling key user data

to companies who use it to target audiences better. Users of Amazon’s centralized platforms and applications have no choice in the matter

– they surrender their data the moment they start using Prime, Amazon.com, or AWS.

Decentralization tears down this notion to its very foundation, and then tears that down too. Thanks to encryption standards,

blockchain solutions like Streamr naturally protect user identities and therefore give them control over their data. 

 This is because data is worthless without an identity, demographic, or person to attach it to.

Streamr, for example, allows people to share as much or as little of their data as they like. 

Golem is another, allowing remote network nodes to access supercomputer power through the blockchain.

 

Individuals, companies, and even machines have a system to automatically exchange their live data for cryptocurrency,

which is ideal for the IoT (internet of things) industry especially. This largely removes the high degree of control that Amazon and others

exercise over data collection and dissemination. Companies such as Tesla, who rely on streamed data in their autonomous vehicle systems,

will be able to acquire the data necessary from sources other than Amazon.

 

Demolishing the Old Ways

Amazon’s profits come largely from centralization, and when centralization goes away, so do their profits.

They make their money from buying vertically and horizontally through industries,

and people love them because they can make being a customer more convenient.

What these customers fail to recognize is that they’re giving up a large degree of control for this privilege.

 

This is the impetus behind the trend of mergers and acquisitions that one may have noticed in the last few decades.

Currently, power and wealth come from the ownership of concentrated user data, but decentralization unlocks this power

for everyone individually. All that’s left is for people to populate platforms like those from Streamr, Golem, Datum and others,

and the tables will quickly turn.

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Kefeer's picture

Did this article say anything?  The teacher in Charlie Brown (11 seconds)

Golden Phoenix's picture

Don't want to pay Amazon or Ebay listing fees? Want to offer the difference to your customers giving them a lower price and reason to switch? Want to accept more than 50 cryptocurrencies but get paid in bitcoin?

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King of Ruperts Land's picture

Human Supremacy

There needs to be a recognition of the supremacy of the human individual over: Corporations and AI (be it electronic or bureaucratic).

This would exempt Human beings from all laws and rote mechanical and absolute regulations that can only apply to corporate and AI entities. Those things without a human soul.

A return to the common law.

This would allow individuals to freely engage in unrestricted commerce.

There would be no taxation on individuals. Plenty of tax can be collected from the corporations in exchange for granting them the limited and highly restricted governed privilege of existence.

No more psychopaths running the asylum. Nor more slavery by percentage.

Humans would be free.

Kefeer's picture

Use a dictionary and review the definitions of enslaved and freedom, then come on back with your commentary and I'll show you where actual freedom  comes from.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

So called "slaves" were free to run off the plantation at any time. Slavery is a psychological condition of acceptance. Just as paying taxes, being in debt, being employed or recognizing a sovereign.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Things tend to go in cycles.

gdpetti's picture

Exactly, and the most important ones are best kept out of sight so the herd is easier to keep in their pen... How much of this OWO will be needed in the NWO once Mother Nature arrives in a few years? Aren't sales affected by global cataclsyms? It seems that ice ages, comets, volcanoes, et al, don't bode well for the usual  markets, which will indeed 'decentralize'... though some members of the club will seek to maintain control of the herd even as the 'fence' breaks down. Should be very entertaining... as the end of this Grand Cycle approaches.

aliens is here's picture

Amazon the future of Foxconn where Americans will live 10 to a room for $5 a day. Stupid fking sheeps fueling their own demise.

King of Ruperts Land's picture

I am not so comfortable in Amazon locking in the last few miles of the delivery chain. Especial lock boxes in apartment buildings and so forth. That seems very monopolistic.

Time for the US post office to step up? Will the US even have a post office going forward?

I am also wary of media ownership:
1. concentration of media ownership
2. any media ownership however small by otherwise big corporate interests.

I use my experience with the WaPo in forming my opinion.

In America you have the right to get rich as fuck. but not the right to get rich as fuck then use your position to screw over the American people, or drown out, or censor their voice, or prevent them from entering the marketplace.

nevenbridge's picture

"In America you have the right to get rich as fuck. but not the right to get rich as fuck then use your position to screw over the American people, or drown out, or censor their voice, or prevent them from entering the marketplace."

Just LOL.

"use your position to screw over the American people" healtcare, opioids, lol

"censor their voice" jews "fake news" media lol

"prevent them from entering the marketplace", facebook buys instagram, google buys youtube, etc lol

cheech_wizard's picture

>All that’s left is for people to populate platforms like those from Streamr, Golem, Datum and others, and the tables will quickly turn.

9 time out of 10 people go with what they know. Like dogs after a bout of pavlovian conditioning. The author is smoking some mighty fine weed. The only website of the three I found readily was Datum. https://datum.org/ <- hey, free 100 DAT tokens, whatever the fuck they are. Don't have time to delve deeper, but hey virtual free shit, why the fuck not? So let's try it and see the results.

Standard Disclaimer: So I entered my spam e-mail address and was greeted by the following:

Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot.

 

You've stumbled upon a missing page, but the evidence is elementary. We're on the case.

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Which in turn took me here: https://mailchimp.com/about/mcsv-static

So the author is hyping a website that doesn't even work...Seriously Tylers, wtf? Why does this shit even get published?