Looking forward to Web 3.0

Web 2.0 companies like Digg and Facebook are all the rage. The New York times looks beyond the current trends and does some musing on the next direction for the Web will take. While Web 2.0 used human intelligence to bring structure and meaning to the mountains of data generated by Web 1.0. Web 3.0, according to the Grey Lady, will use artificial intelligence to answer complex questions in way that resembles a human response. It will be able to do this by integrating large amount of common sense data and formal data in databases.

For example a Web 1.0 search for a sushi restuarant would be for a Yahoo web search “sushi +restaurant +”san jose””. A web 2.0 search would involve going to Yelp, entering your zip code, selecting the category “restaurants” and “sushi”, and then viewing a list of restaurants rated by other Yelp users. A Web 3.0 search would allow you to ask for a “a good sushi restaurant near me that is open now and takes reservations”. The Web 3.0 will know where “here” and when “now” is. It will be able to predict which sushi restaurant you think is “good” by examining your rating data from previous outings. It will be able to integrate many different types of data, so that it could get the restaurants hours and directions from one site, its reviews from another site, and make reservations using yet another. By using intelligence to make sense of the user generated data of Web 2.0, the next incarnation of the Web will be able to answer much more complex questions and in doing so will become a vastly more powerful tool than todays Web.


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