What’s next for the web?

Somehow we keep on talking about the web in phases, like the web is flowing into one new structured phase after another. Web 1.0 was how we dubbed the read-only phase of the web. Then we named it web 2.0 with a emphasis on social, moving from read-only to a more participative form of read and write. Redefining the way we share and interact online.

What comes next after web 2.0? The jury is still out. We have seen different attempts to coin the next phase: from the semantic web, an A.I. web and the internet of things as the web 3.0. 

But rather than looking towards naming and framing, I’d like to talk about what I want for the next web to be. What’s the real deal with the ecosystem of increasing intelligent software services, smaller and more powerful devices and connectivity embedded into everything? It creates an ecosystem in which the user could be at the centre of things. A web, an ecosystem of connected devices and services, that anticipates a users actions, activity and intentions. Basically the web should become anticipatory. I’ve talked about this in several blogposts thus far on mobile, context and anticipatory services.

How? Data is more personal, available and accessible then ever before. It is also more portable and open thanks to API’s. We can deploy this data better with mobile devices from smartphones to wearables that are always on and can grasp better situational awareness that leads to understanding a users context better. We also have the tools to make the data better over time by understanding behaviors and patters. All this can flow to a personal could that’s always in the background and adaptive to our needs and intentions.

The whole idea of the internet of things – sensor networks, wearable devices, embedded intelligence, smart home/offices and so on – fits perfectly into the idea of creating anticipatory systems around a user. The next web should be about the convergence of the current web, our devices,  data and services and we as users.

5 comments on “What’s next for the web?

  1. Haha are you that visual programmed, that the one thing you get out of this post is a association with a brain? That’s only the picture, which was just a random result searching for web3.0 images.

    No I’m saying that we will increasingly live in a personal cloud with adaptive services and devices that anticipate our intentions and behavior.

  2. So you are saying personal brain clouds ? Every person shoud/could have online ? That will give personal/empathic suggestions you could act upon ?

  3. 1) Without the brain, yes, 2) not only online but always-on and especially triggered by events in psychical world, 3) and yes.

  4. It is always good to visualize:

    In ten years from now, you will enter your house after a long day of work and when you sit down, your refreshing drink is already there waiting for you. It is perfectly customized to your physical needs, supplementing you with the exact mixture of nutrients you need after the work you have done. And while you drink it, the food printer receives its orders, derived from the big data-pool of your physical systems. Diner will be ready in minutes…

    If you like a dark twist, you can imagine A Brave New Matrix, injecting all our food, drink and air with exactly those chemicals we ‘need’ to stay obedient and content… Our refrigerator as prison guard.

    IoT, ubiquitos computing, big data, nanotech, bio- and neuro-feedback, the cloud, quantum computing, etcetera, they all have broad and deep implications even when you consider them alone. If you try to imagine what transformation these developments may bring about when they integrate, which they will and are already doing, your head might start to spin.

    These developments are not following a linear path, but show signs of exponentiality. I think we are in for a steep slope…

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