IPFS is pretty clearly intended to be a replacement for the internet
Distributed, decentralized systems don’t just fail because of the tech-oligopoly conspiracy: they fail because decentralization is incredibly, incredibly hard. And, while you’re struggling to conquer PhD-worthy Computer Science problems, you’ve got to grapple with unfamiliarity, the single hardest problem in usability.
The Dat strategy reflects this challenge. It isn’t a personal project or a startup with a 4-year window of success, it’s a foundation-supported project with core parts owned by multiple contributors. This is a long haul, and if you’re creating network protocols people will rely on for critical data, you need to get it right.
I think that the combination of Dat and Beaker Browser (or IPFS and Beaker Browser) is what matters most. Beaker makes it possible to potentially use these technologies without knowing that you’re using them: that’s powerful. And there’s real value of having a stakeholder in the dex community that’s so user-focused.