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What is Web 3.0? The Many Definitions...

About 20 years ago Tim Berners-Lee credited with inventing the World Wide Web expressed his vision for a “semantic web”. It is also referred to as the Transcendent Web in which machines read the meaning of data. This makes Web 3.0 a more intelligent network that harnesses the power of big data and machine learning to analyze user behavior for a more personal and customized browsing experience.

Some elements of Web 3.0 are already in use. It took more than ten years to transition from the original Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, and it may take just as long for the next fundamental change that will completely transform the web. This will include a tailored web experience and automation of most of the processes. Businesses will benefit from vast amounts of information about consumers which will present an opportunity to create intelligent connections that will enable them to communicate more effectively with customers.

Businesses will be exposed to greater operational efficiencies that will be availed by technologies that will connect people, processes and products. This will be made possible by high-speed internet connections that will in real-time relay information to mobile devices.

What are The Key Elements of Web 3.0?

1. The social Web

Social networking has grown enormously over the past few years and will be one of the key pillars of the Semantic web. Much of the activity on Web 3.0 will be in the context of social media. Recommendations, search locations and other aspects of Web 3.0 will be enhanced and personalized by leveraging on the massive amounts of data collected on users that use social networks.

2. The Semantic Web

Web searches have been dependent on the specificity of search terms for accurate results. Web 3.0 will use new technologies for a much deeper meaning of search terms and the context in which they are used. Technologies such as Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Web Ontology Language (OWL) will play a key role in understanding the relationships between data and thus provide better results for those searching for and making recommendations on the web.

3. Internet of Things

Web 3.0 will be heavily dependent on the ability of machines to communicate with each other and with humans. Houses, cars, appliances are but some of the things that are becoming internet enabled. This allows them not only to be located through technologies such as RFID but to communicate vast amounts of information. Clothing tags that give direct visibility into inventory and appliances that highlight problems are some of the applications of this technology.

4. Artificial Intelligence

The Transcendent Web will be largely dependent on the high levels of artificial intelligence underlying web processes. Currently browsing history, user-specified preferences, and contextual information is being used to profile users to understand the content and context of their requests. This will be built on to refine searches and other web activities.

Web 3.0 will revolutionize how people work, business operations and how companies market their products. For those of you that know me, know I’m not exactly a fan of how rapidly people are losing (or some say have lost) their privacy. So, by no means am I saying that this up and coming transformation is for the better. I personally am not convinced it is. But, one thing is for certain, it is coming.

Thought you’d find it interesting to understand where technology is going in the short term.