Nov 11, 2022

(+) The Web as We Knew it is Dead. Long Live the Web!

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.

Are you using the latest and most convenient technology available today? Or are you using an ancient Windowsaurus (an old personal computing device, from the paleo-vista era)?

The history of the Internet began with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. The US Department of Defense awarded contracts as early as the 1960s for packet network systems, including the development of the ARPANET (which would become the first network to use the Internet Protocol). Numerous people worked to connect computers together in a collaborative manner. Early examples include ARPANET, Mark I at NPL in the UK, CYCLADES, Merit Network, Tymnet, and Telenet. All were developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s using a variety of communications protocols.

A major revolution began, however, when Tim Berners-Lee, an independent contractor at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, posted a short summary of his implementation of something he called the World Wide Web project on August 6, 1991 in the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet. The world was never the same again.

In fact, the World Wide Web was implemented and then has changed significantly over the years. We’ve really had 3 generations:

Web 1.0 existed from 1994 through about 2001. It included Netscape, Yahoo!, AOL, Google, Amazon and eBay. In those early days, the world Wide Web was primarily an information retrieval service.

Web 2.0 was the implementation of social network then made the World Wide Web more democratic: anyone could contribute information about themselves, their hobbies, their employers, or any other topic of interest without possessing technical knowledge in how to create Web sites and how to create web pages in HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Web 2.0 started around 2002 and continues to this day. Web 2.0 companies included Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus.

Web 3.0 – The next update to the World Wide Web obviously is called Web 3.0. But what is it? The question is a bit difficult to answer. Much of Web 3.0 is available today and yet some significant sections have not yet been implemented. Also, there is some disagreement as to what will be included in the (completed) Web 3.0. However, here are a few of the things that are already included with, or planned to be included in, Web 3.0:

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