A prescient question posted by one of my colleagues this morning.
My answer, of course, was Web 3.0!
The idea of the Semantic Web was created by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee’s concept is that the web as a whole can be made more intelligent and perhaps even intuitive about how to serve a user’s needs. Although search engines index much of the web’s content, they have little ability to select the pages that a user really wants or needs. Berners-Lee foresees a number of ways in which developers and authors, singly or in collaboration, can use self-descriptions and other techniques so that context-sensitive programs can intuit what users want.
Web 3.0, a phrase coined by John Markoff of the New York Times in 2006, refers to a supposed third generation of Internet-based services that collectively comprise what might be called ‘the intelligent Web’—such as those using semantic web, microformats, natural language search, data-mining, machine learning, recommendation agents, and artificial intelligence technologies—which emphasize machine-facilitated understanding of information in order to provide a more productive and intuitive user experience.
From my colleague:
I ran across something interesting this afternoon that might be heading in that direction. Actually, it’s not all that different from 2.0 because it still builds on information sharing and collaboration – but it is cool and it is down the road.
So what do you think? What comes next?