§If Web 1.0 was the ability to create sites on the World Wide Web, and Web 2.0 was the Social Media revolution that we are currently goig through, What will Web 3.0 look like? There seems to be a lot of speculation and division among the web futurists. The basics that they do seem to agree on is that Web 2.0 was all about content creation whether it be personal or business and that Web 3.0 will be about creating value to the connections between the data.
In a fascinating little video by Kate Ray, she interviews many of the top scientists and developers working what Web 3.0 (Often called the Semantic Web, depending who you talk to. ) Through the people that she interviewed it starts to become evident that as the number of pages moves from millions to billions and soon on to trillions, the current search methods dealing only with data become very limited.
Talking about how we currently use search, this is what the inventor of the world Wide Web had to say: “And so that’s not really a search, I think people use the word search to mean this sort of parachuting in, crossing your fingers, and hoping to land somewhere really good.” – Tim Berners-Lee (2:18):
At some point we will need to start dealing with the context of the data. What its relationships are with the other data and assign value to those relationships. This sort of contextual linking and structure is what the Semantic web is all about. “The Semantic Web, at it’s lowest level, is just an expression of information, that’s all it is.” – John Hebeler.
Wikipedia explains that, “the semantic web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so computers can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, combining, and acting upon information on the web.” It is by handing over the information to a computer in a way that it can easily process and do the interpretation of the information for you. It will involve the system being able to understand that a tweet, blog, mention in an article, LinkedIn group etc, all link to information about the same person and creating value to the relationships between that data.
As utopian as the concept of the semantic web is, it is currently the most common prediction as to where the future of the web is going. The fact that the internet is going to continue to evolve is a certainty, could this be the direction that we may be headed? Plenty of experts think so, do you?
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