Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Future of the Web: GGG (Giant Global Graph)

In a post on Nov. 22, 2007, Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, prescribes the future of the web as another sieving of the granular elements of its network into a new level of fineness : "So the Net and the Web may both be shaped as something mathematicians call a Graph, but they are at different levels. The Net links computers, the Web links documents. Now, people are making another mental move. There is realization now, 'It’s not the documents, it is the things they are about which are important'."

This calls for the restructuring the 'architecture of the web' as what Kevin Kelly calls the Semantic web. According to Kelly, the Internet moved from being ‘the net’ from connecting computers and sharing packets to linking ‘pages’ (the web) [a probe of smaller units, comparative to the investigation of particles that moved from molecules to the understanding of atoms and thereon to protons, gluons and the string theory in modern physics.] The third stage [Web 3.0] is linking ‘data’ rather than linking pages to pages. Every idea is linked to every idea and is supported by such at the scale of word, items and so on. A “Database of Things” that contain meaning for the parent web. In this respect physical space becomes engulfed by the 'One Machine'. A machine that links every object and place to the other with our gadgets a window into this machine.

Within this new paradigm, material loses its value to time.

"Attention is the new currency"
Kevin Kelly

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