At A Glance – Web 3.0

The internet is about to get its next tech injection

In 2006, New York Times reporter John Markoff coined the term Web 3.0. Markoff was referring to the next iteration of the web, in which technological trends converge to transform user experience. The first version of the web, Web 1.0, featured static information relayed via computers. Web 2.0 is thought to have emerged in the early 2000s, bringing greater collaboration and interaction to the online experience. Web 3.0 is expected to capitalise on this interactivityusing technologies – namely AI and the Internet of Things.

Whereas the previous two versions of the web were confined to computers and smartphones respectively, it is predicted that access to Web 3.0 will be ubiquitous. Advancements in Natural Language Processing suggest that we will search this new web using our voices. Another key aspect of Web 3.0 is the introduction of the semantic web, which promotes open data sharing across applications, communities and businesses. Fuelled by this data, the web will become increasingly intelligent, featuring virtual assistants and data driven search.

Web 3.0 represents the next change in how we create and interact with websites. It is generally characterised by open data, distributed computing and artificially intelligent technology. However, it is still largely underdeveloped. It is not certain what exactly Web 3.0 will look like and when it will come into widespread use. That said, it will almost certainly move away from centralised services and towards software as a service. This software, of course, will be powered by AI.

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