"In the near future, phone numbers will be a think of the past"
"Really? Ok phew"
"Sorry it's the near future now, every website you log into wants a phone number if you want to keep using their service"
@cwebber It's the directory problem.
Actually one of the harder bits of coming up with a replacement global comms platform.
If you untangle what a phone number is deeply enough what you find is the relics of geographically-localised physical infrastructure. Because where you are is a huge determinant of who you are, and/or vice versa.
@cwebber We could have used the 9 digit SSN instead of a 10 digit phone number, but NOOOOOOO, folks thought that was a bridge too far.
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