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The Advent of the Predictive Web (or Web 3.0)

First off, the first thing you ought to know is what version of the Internet we're using. If you are not aware, currently it's Web 2.0, which is defined as (thank you Wikipedia):

The term Web 2.0 was coined in 1999 to describe web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. It is closely associated with Tim O'Reilly because of the O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference which was held in late 2004. 
Although Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to cumulative changes in the ways software developers and end-users use the Web.

What does that really mean though? Actually, you've been using it consistently. Almost every major site on the Internet qualifies as Web 2.0, and perhaps none more apparent then Facebook, Google, and even Yahoo!.

Then along comes HTML5, a fantastic new markup language for your browser that (despite some resistance) has introduced the full functionality of the intention of Web 2.0. A website that responds to you, the user. That can be anywhere from changing your personal space on the website to contributing to a singular project in an online collaboration.

But I'm getting sidetracked. I'm not writing this to go on about Web 2.0, but trying to introduce the next generation of the Internet.

So, when I say 'Advent of the Predictive Web', what exactly do I mean?

Let me give you an example of how it would work. Let's say you're coming off a plane in a new city, one that you've never been to before. It's got its own language, got its own customs, and you're running low on cash and need an ATM before finding a cheap hotel for the night.

Now, you can use your favorite search engine to find all the necessary information, of course. Thing is, that would take time and it would be too generic.

Lo' and behold, Web 3.0 can actually use comprehensive searches to find the meaning of what you need. Yes, my fellow readers, I'm talking about actual Artificial Intelligence to understand you.

The theory is this. Take the scenario above and then search for the following in one sentence as if you were talking to a human being.
I am lost with no money in a X speaking country and I need an ATM and cheap hotel nearby. Can you recommend me something?
And voila! Web 3.0 would understand your plight and form a comprehensive itinerary for you (or several variations). Perhaps it would lead you to the nearest ATM and YMCA by taking your GPS location. Maybe it would recommend you to take a taxi, offering you to use your credit card or Paypal to pay for it, to get you to a hotel that you can afford. Included would be translations in X language for you to communicate with the driver.

Sounds pretty incredible, right?

Well, there have been reports that small instances of this capability are being developed by Google with Glass. Already they have implemented somewhat intelligent search functions with their Google Goggles App, which I hope they are going to integrate with Glass straight out of the box.

So, think about that for a moment. A fully integrated system attached to your persons for you to explore your world using a device that can actually predict and recommend things for you based on you.

Imagine going to a museum and letting a device give you a full tour based on research that is ready at your fingertips in an instant including video and other sources to give you a better understanding of what you're looking at. Imagine looking at a painting and learning all the 'secrets' about it by someone showing you on YouTube.

The implications are boundless and I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens next.


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