Dfinity announced the Tungsten release of its “Internet Computer” project on June 30, officially opening up the platform to third-party developers. It also demonstrated CanCan, a decentralized alternative to TikTok built with under 1000 lines of code.
The Internet Computer is a decentralized and non-proprietary network to run the next generation of mega applications.
It's official… Meet CanCan, the decentralized TikTok running on the #InternetComputer. Demo happening now: https://t.co/SPRck0Go02 pic.twitter.com/F3o9Wt434L — DFINITY Foundation (@dfinity) June 30, 2020
It gives developers and entrepreneurs the chance to build and develop software on an open network that is free from platform risk.
Dfinity founder and chief scientist Dominic Williams explained:
“Currently, whether you are building on top of APIs, or relying solely on a big tech cloud platform, it is a red flag for investors. This changes that and will be the start of a new wave for the web where developers can push their code directly onto the internet itself, and start with inherently tamper proof and fast software.”
Dfinity also introduces a new programming language, Motoko, which is optimized for the Internet Computer.
We're diving into a demo of what it looks like to program Motoko on the #InternetComputer with Joachim Breitner (DFINITY). Tune in now: https://t.co/YjJ04sBNYQ pic.twitter.com/mTikwtcfxF — DFINITY Foundation (@dfinity) June 30, 2020
It is this which enabled the CanCan demonstration to be built so code-efficiently.
“Things that were previously unimaginable, and that couldn’t have been done without the Internet Computer. We’re expecting it to open up a new wave of innovation in software and services. I’m sure along with that we will also see open versions of software that already exists in the closed proprietary world that developers want to make better and not cede their data to a large tech firm.”
Andreessen Horowitz has been a major backer of Dfinity since its early days, and recently surpassed its funding target for a new crypto-oriented fund.
General partner Chris Dixon says on the potential impact of the Internet Computer to that of the development of the iPhone:
"We are pre-iPhone in the blockchain space right now." @cdixon (Andreessen Horowitz) predicts the #InternetComputer will match the impact of the iPhone. pic.twitter.com/iooB4K1AW7 — DFINITY Foundation (@dfinity) June 30, 2020
Dixon thinks that this may take decades to play out, although he suggests that early products could reach scale and have good financial and societal outcomes over the next five to 10 years.
Meanwhile, interested developers can submit an application to access the Internet Computer at dfinity.org from July 1. The public release of the Internet Computer is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020.