As if Tim Berners-Lee‘s talk of the semantic web hasn’t excited you enough (admit it, you’re pretty excited) well hold on to your hats because Web 4.0 will follow hot on its heels, says Nova Spicack of O’Reilly Radar. Web 2.0 can be thought of as humanising the front end of the web, where the biggest sites are created by humans. That means Google, MySpace, Wikipedia and the entire blogosphere for instance, then Web 3.0 is about (I think) creating human back end to the web.
For this reason Web 3.0 is frequently called the semantic web, where the data on the web becomes organised in a way that is recognisable to machines. The next step on from this is the Web OS, Web 4.0, implies that machine intelligence has reached a point that the Internet becomes the planetary computer, a massive web of highly intelligent interactions.
Not only does this excite me because its my first sighting of Web 4.0, and I love jargon, but it also makes me think of Arnie explaining the rise of the machines in Terminator 2
The Terminator: The SkyNet funding bill is passed. The system goes online on August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. SkyNet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14am Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Sarah Connor: And, Skynet fights back. (Link).
Now that are turning on to the Web 2.0 dividend does it mean that established players will make the big money from these hypothetical webs? Or will it be left to badly dressed people in garages? (via ZDnet).
The future is now