I’ve just come across a very interesting article from the Times Online about the next 20 years of the Internet, they seem to do a little confusion of the WEB and the Internet but still it is interesting:
[…]the web will be able to connect every aspect of our digital lives – be it a website, an e-mail, or a file on our PC – to every other aspect. It will know, for instance, when you are typing an e-mail, what the subject of the e-mail is, and be able to suggest websites and books as well as documents, photos and videos you have saved that may be relevant to that topic.
[…]If Web 2.0 was all about harnessing the collective intelligence of crowds to give information a value – lots of people liked this story so you might too (Digg.com), people who like Madonna also like this artist (last.fm), lots of people linked to this site so that makes it the most relevant (Google’s basic PageRank algorithm) – then Web 3.0 is about giving the internet itself a brain.
[…]A prime example of a Web 3.0 technology is ‘natural-language search’, which refers to the ability of search engines to answer full questions such as ‘Which US Presidents died of disease?’. In some cases, the sites that appear in the results do not reference the original search terms, reflecting the fact that the web knows, for instance, that Reagan was a US President, and that Alzheimer’s is a disease.
IMHO, if the Internet is like this in 20 years, I’ll really be deceived… Can’t we think about something more extraordinary?
Seriously who want to send email in 20 years? I would love to have a chip in my brain connected via satellites to my personal servers having countless memory. Just thinking and voila, my email is sent with all the details I had think about.
I dream of a computer driven by my mind, not a computer driving my mind…
For the smart semantic queries, I my point of view it’s a dream of scientist, try to Googlise “Which US Presidents died of disease” and you will have the answer. Semantic can be very interesting in large network of knowledge not for such ridiculous queries, do we really need a semantic web?
Ok I’m a bit provocative but let’s debate…