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Urbit

Last updated April 26, 2022

# Terminology

imo, falls into the category of vaporwave tech that never manifested itself into anything useful

# OS

In 1974 a computer was a mainframe the size of a room and was shared by hundreds of people. By 1984 a computer was the size of a desk and everyone had their own PC. The PC was more flexible and more fun, so it won by a wide margin. Then, with the rise of the internet, the PC’s flexibility slowly became irrelevant – we’re more or less back to the timesharing model of the 1970s.

Urbit OS is the PC to MEGACORP’s mainframe.

# ID

Urbit ID is a decentralized addressing and public key infrastructure designed for Urbit OS.

The Urbit ID registry is live and deployed to the Ethereum blockchain. Urbit ID isn’t specifically wedded to Ethereum – someday we’d like it to be hosted by Urbit OS itself.

Related: internet computing

In a way, upgraded version of ENS?

Uses Kelvin Versioning which is an interesting exercise in digital permanence

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