What will the Internet of the future be like?
It has only been 6,500 days since Tim Berners-Lee created the first ever Web page. In contrast, the achievement of the Web has far outpaced the expectations. Most people only expected the Web to be a better version of television. Clearly, today, the Web is far beyond being a better tv.
During its infancy, the Web was all about linking one computer with another to build a network of networks. The perceived value in the Web then shifted to the sharing of documents, and then gradually evolved to sharing links.
The next generation of the Web, which we may call by any name we choose — Web 2.0, or Web 10.0, or the Semantic Web — will be a more conscious, intelligent, sentient manifestation that is aware of the purpose and nature of data. The Web will evolve to a mechanism for sharing data; a finer resolution, a more elemental unit of information than the current one. We’re headed to a Web of data, where data will be the heart, and applications will move to the ‘cloud’.
Kevin Kelly, noted author and editor of the Wired magazine, believes that the Web, in the next 6,500 days, will be as far removed from and beyond the Web we see today, as the current state of the Web is from what they speculated back at its beginning.