Spring ’83 – a fun internet protocol

Robin Sloan:

What follows is a narrative description of a protocol that I believe might open up some interesting new possibilities on the internet. My goal here isn’t to “sell you” on its design; rather, I just want to lay out my thinking as clearly as I can.

I’m long, long overdue on reading Sloan’s proposal for a new internet protocol – Spring ’83. This morning, laying in bed at 5am on my iPhone, I finally got to his post in my Unmark queue explaining his thinking for the protocol.

It is… delightful reading.

And so, of course, I’ve read the entire specification and some of the discussion that has come up since. I have no idea of the utility of this protocol but who cares? It is so so fun.

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