Frequently Asked Questions
How do you prounounce flŭd?
"flŭd" is pronounced the same as "flood," as in "real men don't backup their data, they flŭd it out to the Internets." The breve above the "u" makes it a short vowel. Here's a trick that will make your grade school teachers proud: the breve looks like a little cup, and the sound of the "u" in "cup" is "cŭp".
Why the name "flŭd"?
'cause its got cachet, man. ;)
Can I just type "flud", without the breve?
Yes. The trademark police have been instructed to let this slide.
You say that flŭd can survive earthquake, fire, nuclear strike, etc., but what about massive gamma ray bursts caused by the collision of nearby neutron stars that, upon reaching earth, destroy all living cells?
If flŭd has not expanded past the confines of our solar system at the time of the gamma ray event, then yes, we are all screwed. Except for a few of us who will obtain superpowers from the gamma rays. So it all evens out in the end.
What if some rogue nation detonates a nuke in space that fries every IC in the world? Will flŭd help me then?
Yes, because the flŭd network will have spread to Mars and Uranus by then. And Neptune. don't forget Neptune.
In fact, the flŭd network will probably have given rise to artificial intelligence by that point which will stop the nukes before they can explode. All in the interest of self-preservation, of course. Eventually, flŭd won't need us anymore, and so it will entomb us in large batteries, using our bodies only for generation of electricity.
So you are saying that flŭd will enslave us? Nice.
Yes. This is the future I envision for the software. It will be beautiful.
flŭd backup, it's more than meets the eye.
Fine by me, but what if your beautiful creations do something really bad . . . like turn on each other?
Oh, no. they wouldn't do that. I've embued them with economic self-interest. The free market will keep them alive.
But that still sounds pretty dreary.
Hey, we might all be enslaved or dead, but at least our data lives on.
flŭd's collective consciousness remembers all.
Yes, and as long as it remembers, we can never truly die.
Kevin Kelly says that "organic life is the ultimate technology, and all technology will improve towards biology." Is that true for flŭd?
flŭd will improve until it wipes out all biology except that which it keeps as batteries.