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What is Web 3.0?

What is Web 3.0? Web 3.0 is a compound of new technologies:

Web 3.0

Web 3.0

  • RIA: (Rich Internet Application) is the new elements to build stylish fancy-looking websites. Using HTML5, Javascript (AJAX and frameworks) Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, new websites are going to improve its visual impact becoming very “Cool”.
  • Mobile: Android and IPhone are leaders in this new trend and voice interfaces (Speech recognition and TTS, Text To Speech) are going to make very easy to interact in the Web.
  • Semantic Web: There are 3 related but different technologies that may be called SemWeb:
  • SemWeb::NLP: Using Natural Language Processing, Search Engines will try to figure out the meaning of a query and match it against the meaning of the unstructured text inside webpages. This technology will increase the relevancy of the search engines results, but very few people takes seriously this option because it requires a great Artificial Intelligence effort to make it real.
  • SemWeb::New Tags: RDFa, Microformats and Microdata will make more explicit to machines data about the author of a website, the document, your geolocation, etc. This technology will make easier to find you and all your related staff with one click.
  • SemWeb::Ontologies: Through new standards like RDF, OWL, SPARQL big databases will be online and “queriable”. This technology will let you book a flight without effort thanks to automated agents that will do the boring job.
  • Cloud Computing: Transferring your phone or computer Operative System to Internet (WebOS), will let you forget about installing and upgrading your software. Everything (even your data) will be on the Net ready to be used.

The consequences of reaching this new technology stage will be the following, in my humble opinion:

Advantages:

  • Cooler than ever web sites and applications. Stylish interfaces and fancy visuals.
  • Easier to participate in Internet. Everybody will be able to upload content in the Web just pressing a button in the phone. A picture or a sound recorded will become part of the Web instantly. Twitter will explode.
  • Personalization: As Web applications will always know your profile, thanks to all these new technologies, login will no be needed anymore, and all the contents sent to you will be filtered according to your profile.

Disadvantages:

  • Lost of privacy: every web application will know who you are.
  • Network dependency: your favorite phone or computer application will not run under bad signal reception.
  • More standards, less creativity. Author’s contents will be restricted to what standards consider right to do. If your data don’t fix into mainstream ontologies, forget about sharing it.
  • Lost of control: If you book a flight for tomorrow, maybe your flight will take off today. A stack of automated agents will care to avoid that happen. Will you trust them?
  • Lost of quality in contents: Billions of phone users uploading funny pictures and weird sounds to the Web may imply a drastic reduction of the quality of Web contents.

Well, I would like to hear your opinions too.

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  1. Anonymous
    2013/10/17 at 10:39 am

    What about Web 4.0? Do you think reading and writing will become obsolete by then?

  2. Andrea
    2013/01/16 at 1:01 pm

    “Lost of control: If you book a flight for tomorrow, maybe your flight will take off today. A stack of automated agents will care to avoid that happen. Will you trust them?”
    Great article but I didn’t understand your point here. Why should my flight take off today if I book it for tomorrow? Thank you!
    Andrea.

    • 2013/04/26 at 5:59 pm

      It means a stack of agents could be prone to errors. Any error in one of them would trigger the whole system to failure.

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