Everyone is talking about Web 3.0, but wait… What exactly is Web 3.0? How is it different from its predecessor, Web 2.0? To answer that, we’ll have to look at the main characteristics that define Web 3.0.
First of all, Web 3.0 is also known as the semantic web. This means that the Internet is able to process data across different applications and programs. It can also determine meaning automatically, reuse it, and share it. As a result, the web can understand words and phrases as a whole, rather than just keywords, just like humans! (Natural language processing) This will allow users to access data that is more accurate and useful.
An example of how this semantic aspect is put into use is Google’s semantic search engine. In class, Prof. Abel had shown us a video of how Google’s search engine can filter information that we want smartly, showing us only relevant information. We no longer have to sieve through a bunch of information to find those that we want because Google’s algorithm would have done that for us. (For a more in-depth explanation of how Google’s search engine works, click here.)
2. Ubiquitous Connectivity
This means that users will be connected to the Web 24/7. Networks and services will accompany us daily (whether or not we want it to). Also, softwares will be embedded in our browsers so that it doesn’t require any downloading or installation on your desktop or server.
Not forgetting to mention, every device will be connected to your web. Just imagine accessing Facebook with a smart desk?!
Web 3.0 also allows us to personalize our data. This means that whatever information we ingest online can be tailored to our preferences. Or rather, the Internet is intelligent enough to know what we like and dislike and customize online data to our liking.
This is already apparent with Facebook’s algorithm where they will send tailored advertisements to its users.
As we have seen, Web 3.0 is so much more advanced than the current Web 2.0 which is mainly used for social purposes. Web 3.0 will then path the way to what we know as the “Internet of Things” (IOT), but we’ll talk more on that the next blog post.
For now, let’s answer the question – Is Web 3.0 here already?
Many would argue that the Internet now is far from becoming Web 3.0, but we have to acknowledge that some characteristics of Web 3.0 are actually present in today’s world. For instance, Apple’s Siri is one good example, where techniques of speech recognition and artificial intelligence are utilized to perform tasks for the user. One can request Siri to “Call Mom” without inputting the numbers themselves. And with the new and advanced Samsung Bixby, I expect more of such AI to surface in the market in the future.
With that, Web 3.0 is something I’d like to witness. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to witness Web 4.0 as well.