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…
agreed. that’s not so much provocative as it just makes sense.
this article seems accurate because the next version of the web very likely will incorporate a lot of semantic technology, but where i think it falls flat is that it doesn’t consider any of the concurrent technological developments like bran computer interface (BCI), which have been around for more than 10 years already, etc.
The issue with the article is that it’s merely extrapolating what we already have. Given the pace of change online, I think you’re entirely correct that the Internet will be nothing short of extraordinary 20 years from now.
Last month, Gord Hotchkiss created a report on the future of search with bigwigs from Microsoft and Yahoo. I responded with a collaborative paper: The Future of Search by the Rising Star Dream Team.
Some of our contributors merely expanded on what they already knew, just like the author of the Times article. Others allowed their imaginations full expression. Based on your comments, I suspect you’ll enjoy it.