Web3.0 to be

By , posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 at 10:28 am.

I tweeted this out over the weekend (as I was in a “fuzzy state” after spending 1/3 of my time over the weekend digging/building in the yard), that Web3.0 might very well be the mobile web. Why am I thinking this? Well, at least in my world, it’s the continued invasion of the smartphone and the rise of mobile data – the former for the rest of the world more than North America and the latter, the other way around. Between the two of these, I’m thinking that there is a tipping point close by. If you think about these points, you might start to see the same thing:

  • Better mobile input – touchscreens or full keyboards in everything from cell/PCS to smartphones
  • Better mobile screens – still small, but bigger
  • Better mobile presentation – think about the iSlate version of Safari and how cool some site look when they are simplified to the “stacked” view
  • Higher mobile bandwidth – 3G is finally breaking into North American this year in a big way, with all that speed people can finally start to do something with it
  • People are using phones to do more all the time – with higher bandwidth, the phone is merely the client for a massive cloud machine working away at all manner of tasks in the background

As any good blogger, I of course Googled my brain dump idea and I found some interesting posts, so I’m not alone. Wikipedia, is of course tracking this with ideas of cloud computing and mobility, but there are other bloggers as well. Last week, wirelessnorth.ca had posted something to this effect, last month, implemented posted a massive amount of information regarding this and way back in 2005, Michael Mace mused about the same ideas. This is of course a small sampling of a meme that is still forming, leading very easily into an echo chamber.

I was thinking for a long time that web3.0 would be something to do with semantics/AI or what have you, but now I think there needs to be a step before that – “we” need to quite litterally connect the information that we want to work with to our physical world, beyond just our “minds and eyes” that web2.0 has been. With this metadata, then we might really have something to get an AI or meaning based “thing” going.

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