Are the advocates of DISRUPTION in Silicon Valley constructing MOATS?

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Is Building Moats a New Phase of the Tech Industry – a Paradigm Shift?

WARREN BUFFETT claims he only invests in companies that have built-in moats. Moats, which were originally used to defend castles, are becoming more popular in modern technology circles: Are the Silicon Valley disruptors constructing moats?

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A MOAT is a water-filled trench that surrounds a fortified location and serves as a main line of defense. According to Bloomberg last year, IT entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are increasingly using the word "moat." The recent dispute between Warren Buffett and Elon Musk has reignited the debate. Is creating moats a new phase, a paradigm change, of the IT sector, thus far renowned for the businesses and methods that have disrupted their respective industries?

YES. We're aware. Apples and blackberries were plentiful. For millennia, they were consumed. After that, they became inedible gadgets in the twentieth century. Not only have new technology transformed apples and blackberries, but they have also altered our understanding of what a "street view" is and what "social" implies. They are often just branding operations, but they frequently indicate a profound shift in our society. Between snail mail and email, we've lost not just pen, paper, and stamps, but also distances, time, and the peculiarities of handwriting, not to mention days of waiting and anguish for the ignorant. That is frequently what it means to be obstructive. You never want to return to a prior stage, yet it makes you feel as if you've lost your innocence.

What exactly are moats?

WHEN tech behemoths say they want to build moats, they're referring to the ancient Egyptians, who are said to have built moats around their castles as early as 1860 BCE, or medieval European aristocrats, for whom moats were more effective than the bible or the sword in protecting them from a slew of enemies.

Moats are large, water-filled ditches that encircle a castle or fortress. They're designed to keep out outsiders and adversaries. They are fortification barriers for the actual fortifications. They also protect their owners by erecting a fence around them. They are often constructed in the aftermath of a setback.

Moats aren't unheard of in the IT sector. Every exclusive technology, such as a patent or a copyright, is a moat in certain ways. They are technological moats of the first generation. Existing companies respond to disruptions by erecting barriers to protect themselves.

“However, if you have a magnificent castle, there will always be those out there trying to assault it and take it away from you. And I want a castle that I can comprehend, but one that is surrounded by a moat.”

Why Are Moats Important in Tech Jargon?

SO FAR, everything about Silicon Valley and tech companies has been about disruption, despite the fact that many observers are already dismissing this notion.

THE ESSENCE OF MOATS IS STABILITY. Moats aren't built by marching armies. Until now, the IT sector has been characterized by advancing armies that have attacked every existing business, forcing them to defend and, in many cases, disappear in the process. The advancing armies pillage the victims and use the loot to further their conquests. Are they now returning home and excavating moats around their castles? Do we need to consider a retreating army that prefers a traditional defense as moats become a tech jargon?

When revolutionaries reach retirement age, they often become merchants of their old stock.

MOATS ARE A BEAUTIFUL ACCESSORY. They provide the castles with a sense of majesty. So yet, the tech castles have lacked embellishments. Are they making a show out of their architecture when they construct moats? It's unlikely. While distributed technologies such as blockchain help to broaden the scope of technology, tech firms are notorious for their secrecy. The moats they construct are sure to have some elaborate visuals, but they will also be home to dangerous piranhas. So take in the view from afar; moats aren't designed to be swimming pools.

MOATS ARE COMMONLY USED AS SEWAGES. When the architects of disruption speak about preserving their kingdoms, can we perceive a potential decrease in the grandeur and magnificence we see surrounding these contemporary technocapitalist castles? Will it be a massive dumping ground for trash items expelled from the throes of political upheaval?

The World's Greatest Moats Are Being Built.

Around the Walls of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, was constructed the world's longest moat. Moats and fortifications were built throughout several years until the 15th century CE, and collectively they spanned more than 16,000 kilometers of wall.

A moat created by a little tech firm performing a modest job someplace in the guts of your smartphone, on the other hand, may be a bigger moat than the one in Benin. The moats that digital firms are creating may be more strong and weak at the same time because they are not constrained by the physical and geographical limitations of old moats. They aren't made by digging up dirt. They won't simply be a protective covering. Because sight is the first signal for conquering the moat, they will most likely be concealed. This moat is a powerful mix of late-capitalism and technology.

Yes, medieval castles were defended by moats for decades before they became tourist attractions or Disney characters. However, everything is faster with modern technology. Let's see how long the moats can keep the castles safe. Even the city's longest moat, the one surrounding Benin, was destroyed by colonialism at the time.

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