What is Web 3.0?

June 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Just like in software, the World Wide Web has been labeled with version numbers. The beginnings of the Web, which later on will be called Web 1.0, saw the introduction of personal web pages that were static in nature. Then came the age of user-generated content that became the birth of Web 2.0.

Since users are now able to make their own content over the World Wide Web in the form of blogs and wikis, technology experts now hypothesize what would happen to the future of Web. What would trigger the beginning of Web 3.0?

From web pages to artificial intelligence

There are various view on how the next stage of the World Wide Web would look like. Some say that emerging technologies like the Semantic Web will transform the way the Web is used. The Semantic Web is an evolving extension in which the semantics of information and services is define. This makes it possible for the Web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content. In other words, it is a set of standards that will turn the Web into one big database. This, if things go according to plan, may eventually lead to the possibility of artificial intelligence.

Piecing together a puzzle

Some technology experts predict that Web 3.0 will ultimately been seen as applications that are pieced together. These relatively small applications can run on any device from PC to mobile phones, and are very fast and very customizable. The applications are also distributed virally, such as through social networks or e-mail. The concept of customizing the Web using applications can be compared to how you manage your Facebook profile.

Everything will be more advanced, yet more reachable

Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo!, says that Web 3.0 will be an ages of richer devices from hardware to software that will create a network effect of business and applications. Despite these advances, it will not take a computer scientist to create a program. This makes the distinction between the professional, the semi-professional, and consumers will be blurred.

Fast Internet connections

Others say the the increase in Internet connection speeds will play a key role in the evolution of the World Wide Web. During the early years of the World Wide Web, Internet connection was a slow 56K bandwidth (which at the time was the fastest it can get). Today, we get to experience Internet speeds of up to 1 megabit of bandwidth. In the near future, Web 3.0 can be associated with speeds of up to 10 megabits of bandwidth.