Life in 2011 is great isn’t it? Our lives have been greatly simplified thanks to the wonders of technology. We’re so comfortable in fact, that many of us are guilty of taking these simple pleasures for granted. We tend to be oblivious of the details that make up these technologies. So today, lets dig into what’s about to make our internet surfing souls a whole lot easier in the near future.
How does Web 3.0 do this?
Using Emil’s example “the task given to my class for our blog project by our dear Mr. Andrew. The task, to find articles in Malay, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, or Tamil based on our topics, translate and summarize it into an article. Take my classmate’s group for example, their topic is Web Server. Type in “Web server articles in Korean” into Google’s search box and I got nearly 9 million results. The first 10 results were absolutely irrelevant”
But with Web 3.0, his search results would be Web Server articles in Korean only. How is this possible? Intel’s latest Core i processors you ask? Nope. The computer can now understand our language through several methods.
Let’s say I plan to sell a ball online. When I upload the information about that ball, I need to define or tag its characteristics such as colour = red and type = futsal. This is ontology or known as information about information, also known as metadata. Through this, computers can understand the relationships in the context.
As you surf the web, Web 3.0 is constantly learning about you, all of your favourite sites, your likes and dislikes. If you bought that ball and other items of the similar colour, an inference or conclusion is deduced that your favourite colour is red and you’re a futsal player based on the ontology created earlier. The next time you type in “sport shoes”, red colour shoes results will be the first ones in order. Or on your homepage you’ll be getting futsal updates from where Web 3.0 learns you’re most active in.
There are thousands of databases with billions of data from web sites worldwide. With Web 3.0, every database will be seen as just one giant database. Thus by creating just a single account with all your details, there will no longer be a need to fill in details again when you sign up for something else. In fact we can see this now with either Facebook or Google connect. When you change a single detail in your account such as your number, it will automatically update it with every site and contact accounts that have or use your number. The need for informing your contacts over such petite matters will be eliminated.
These features seem to make our lives even easier, but could it also lead to something bad?
B.Maheshwari, Facets of Web 3.0, [Online], Retrieved 2nd February 2011URL: http://www.ontosearch.org/facets-of-web3-0.htm