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Web 3.0 Is In the Oven

We’ve seen a great evolution of the World Wide Web since Tim Berners-Lee wrote the first web browser at CERN in 1990. The Web was originally a tool used primarily by scientific communities and the military, but since, it has become a global networking, learning, and sharing necessity. The original web invented by Tim Berners-Lee, now referred to as Web 1.0, was entirely made up of Web pages connected by hyperlinks. Applications were generally proprietary, and things like HTTP, XML, SOAP, Java, Websites, Keyword Search, and Directory Portals were popularized.


Eventually, as the Internet was equipped with more sharing and collaboration tools, with more social media sites and user-generated content (things like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wikis, YouTube), it became clear that Internet experienced a major cultural shift. Web “2.0” is the web most people know today.


However, we’re now seeing a shift into “Web 3.0” a smarter Internet characterized by a use of semantics, data science, natural language processing, and machine learning. This web predicts the content you want to see and how you want to see it. Even more, there’s an obvious design shift in Web 3.0: flat design, minimalism, and its nucleus- usability.


Experts agree that is the merging of several enabling technologies bringing about this Web 3.0. These technologies and trends include: Ubiquitous Connectivity (mobile devices and mobile internet access), Networking Computing (SaaS business model and distributed computing), Open Technologies (open APIs and protocols5), and Semantic Web Technologies (RDF, OWL, associative databases).




The Internet of Things, the network of physical objects embedded with electronics and network capability, also make exciting the emergence of Web 3.0. Many people believe that this newer Internet will drive us away from personal laptops and cell phones, and towards an era where the objects around us are equipped with all the features of a mobile smart phone or PC. With these technologies, upon a fingerprint, for example, these peripheral devices would be able to pull up files and information belonging to you, and allow you to interact with them as if the shared device was personally yours. The fruition of the Internet of Things is just beginning, and its consummation is likely to follow the third generation of the Web.


I think what excites me most about the future iteration of the Web is the increased efficiency in gathering and sharing relevant information that it will bring, as well as the optimization of processes related to transport, energy, and manufacturing. This smarter web will be able to predict problems before they arise and take preemptive action.






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