Because it's better to be holding the near end of the whip than feeling the far end.
by Doc Searls Tuesday, January 17, 2017

From The End of Cloud Computing, by @peter_levine, @a16z:

"We are returning to an edge-intelligence distributed computing model that's absolutely thematic with the trends in computing moving from centralized out to distributed."

“We are absolutely going to return to a peer-to-peer computing model where the edge devices connect together creating a network of end point devices not unlike what we sort of saw in the original distributed computing model.”

Good stuff. I'd add that we also need maximized individual agency at those distributed "end points," which should really be "start points."