This week we caught up with System Wizard: a driving member of the ARCA DAO, buildlr of Social Graph, and all-round community advocate. Diving deep into the world of the permaweb, SW is currently in the process of building a decentralised git repository platform (Gitweave). When he’s not eating tomato soup, SW is busy exploring ways in which he can use technology to shape the future.
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What do you like to do with your spare time?
Play video games and write code for awesome projects that I think are going to shape the future. Sometimes I eat tomato soup 🥫
How did you find out about the Arweave permaweb?
I got a Brave ad some time ago which led me to reading into Arweave and joining the community via Discord. I’m so glad I actually read an ad for once!
What piqued your interest in decentralisation and the blockchain space and when?
Originally and naively, it was money. I heard that people were making lots of money from early investments in cryptocurrency and obviously, I wanted in. I have never been happier to make such a decision, as I have gotten way more than money from crypto — it’s pushed my knowledge of cryptography, security, and the world as a whole. I have met some great people that are seriously passionate about what they are doing. My advice to anyone who is unsure on how to start, is to join a community and talk with other people about it, that’s how you can get your brain in gear and start contributing to whatever project interests you!
We hear you’re working on a project called Gitweave, can you tell us more?!
I have been planning and talking with Jesper (a member of the Arweave team) about how to create decentralized git repositories that use Arweave as the mechanism to store and retrieve git’s files. It’s a very exciting project which I can’t wait to sink my teeth into, but I need to do more investigation into how git works behind the scenes before I can make it.
You are also a member of ARCA, the first Arweave community fund DAO. Tell us more about your role and what you envision for the DAO!
Currently my role in the DAO has a couple parts to it: pushing forward solutions and action, and funding the community through incentivised participation. As a DAO we are creating bounties to engage the community on solving issues and creating projects based on Arweave.
What other communities are you a part of?
Not as many as I used to be, I prefer to do one small thing really well, but I do attend meetings about various technologies like Gitcoin and Urbit. Shout out for Urbit, they recently had an online meeting — follow them for upcoming events: https://www.meetup.com/urbit-sf/events
If you could build any Dapp, what would it be and why?
If it can’t be GitWeave, then I think a messaging platform that has a minimal design like Urbit but is as simple as possible, whilst sticking to the objective of communication. This would be like Discord in the way that you have private messages, groups and channels, and your identifier would be your ArweaveID and the first 4 characters of your wallet address. You could keep everything encrypted in private messages and groups, and maybe even channels, but the way it would work means the more people you have within an encrypted chat, the more data you have to send with each message. As I write this, I realise that might be a good anti-spam mechanism, as larger groups would have larger fees (because of the larger expense of data) to communicate and therefore keeping the message rate at an acceptable level. I might build this for the Open Web Hackathon!
What does a decentralised future look like to you?
Everyone owns their data. Corporations are incentivised to do good by the community as people aren’t tied to their services. Wider adoption from non-developer groups in the community. I believe that Arweave has the right people and ideas to make this future a reality, we just need to focus together on making it less alienating for people that don’t wish to be tech-savvy. FEEDweave does this well and has attracted a few people that wouldn’t typically be interested in blockchain technology.
Where can people follow your work?
Until GitWeave is created, all my code is on GitHub!