The instant web

We are always tempted to try to predict the future. You can apply this trend to every aspect of everyday life – be it watching a show, reading a book or even in the anticipation of an important event. Anticipation is a curse that, due to the emergence of digital media, is becoming even more unbearable as time goes by. We’re becoming too fast – we’re becoming too old.

This reflection came after reading an interesting (but Portuguese) article regarding what the Web 3.0 will be. As Erik Lassche puts it, “Web 3.0 is an inevitable buzzword that can’t be avoided after the invention of Web 2.0”. Ever since the concept of Web 2.0 became common knowledge and even derived into sequels – such as the Social Web with the proliferation of social media, or Web 2.5 with the platform-as-a-service-provider principle – many academics ofn the subject have been trying to define what Web 3.0 will be. The sheer anticipation of it has resulted in several articles that, while diverging in opinion, have actually come up with a common ground on what it will be – an intelligent, semantic web that's based on behaviours and usage patterns and gives us fewer, but more tuned, results to our online search. Of course this is a very basic way to put it as we are summing up the Web 3.0 to an evolution in Google’s search results – but it’s an easy way to explain it that doesn’t require explaining a lot more in-depth information regarding database mining.

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