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Software package repositories, rubygems/gem, npm, nuget, and scientific data collections, for example, KEGG, and media collections like the various internet archives can be made decentralized, universal, censorship tolerant.
Delays in Space Communication
Due to the time it takes for a radio signal to propagate between the planet Earth and the planet Mars the Silktorrent packet based software applications will be very competitive among Earth-Mars communications applications. A citation from lwn.net article (archival copy, ):
...Krekel noted that Elon Musk wants to get humanity to Mars by 2026. Do we think that 41-year-old technology like TCP/IP or the 21-year-old HTTP will work on Mars? Can you call Gmail as a web app on Mars? Someone in the audience suggested that it would just take "patience" which elicited widespread laughter. Krekel said that the protocols we have will not work on Mars.
But we already have Mars on Earth in places where internet connectivity is not all that good. In 1981, there were 300 computers connected to the internet, but now there are now billions of devices in the world that are still using this phone-based model. It turns out that's not actually true, he said, some are following other models. There are communication and synchronization mechanisms that some of these devices are using to transfer data directly between them without using the internet.
Affordable Data Exchange for Passengers
The Silktorrent packet based application architecture might also be beneficial at the airline industry, where planes that pass each-other, exchange Silktorrent packets. The routes, takeoff times, speeds, landing times of planes are often times public, which means that a passanger jet on a long flight can pass a Silktorrent packet wishlist to a regional flight in mid-air, the regional flight lands before the plane at the long flight, offloads the wishlist to ground based servers, those upload the request response to another regional flight that is expected to be at the range of the long-flight plane. That kind of arrangement can compensate for the lack of satellite bandwidth for whatever reason, economic, weather, space-weather, satellite maintenance, etc. All the planning, routing, is fully automated and all airports have internet connections, WiFi-s, etc. anyways. Similar schemes can take place between trains, cars, lorries, ships. Buses and metro-trains and trams have relatively well predictable routes and schedules. Even taxis can participate. The routes of people, who use GPS-navigation at their cars are also known in advance, allowing further data packet route planning.