Tuesday, August 07, 2007

What is beyond Web 3.0

Recently there have been talks about what the Web 3.0 should be and what it will do etc. Go to facebook, myspace, orkut or any other site where techies come together and most of them you will find talking about Web 2.0 or Web 3.0. But among them there was one gentleman who said that Web 3.0 is going to be about Relationship Economics. It is the user who will drive the next generation of advancement. Lets see

Web 1.0 and 2.0 has been predominantly technology oriented. Starting from a command line browser to pull texts of a server by passing the URL to building websites to facilitate social interaction the journey is been quite long (almost 17 yrs) and in this journey we discovered many technologies and we left many of them. Some of them we still keep with us even after years and some we left along the way.

Web 3.0 is about deep and meaningful relationship, effective networking. If Web 2.0 is about breadth i.e. adding more and more feature and technology advancement, Web 3.0 is about depth i.e. creating an understanding as why and how we can leverage upon them.

Most significantly, Web 3.0 is the turning point where the 100 year cycle of transaction economics is superseded by the next great cycle, usually described as relationship economics. Web 3.0 transcends and includes both 1.0 and 2.0 to provide the platform that provides lift off for this great shift in economic, organisational, social and cultural structures. Web 3.0 is likely to be born out of a major crisis affecting current structures. If you are part of Web 3.0 you will be carried by a great wave. If you're not, you may find it difficult to survive.

But then then thought came to me what is going to be after Web 3.0? Well how about Web 4.0? Seems like a light bulb glowing :) but yes what advancement we will seek in Web 4.0. The way I see is Web 4.0 will go one level further and take the man-machine relationship to the next level. The machines will be able to understand human language and the there will be a change in our behaviors towards machines and vice-versa.

If we call Web 3.0 a paradigm shift then Web 4.0 is going to be the Dimension Shift. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Until Next Time... :)


Raghava said...

hmm..... isn't the natural language processing thing already going on. I think its been going on in parallel. Can we really call that as the next Web version(so to say)? If our mere thought can trigger something say a search, then will that Web 5.0? :)