Friday, May 02, 2008

Happy Birthday, Internet

The World Wide Web was officially fifteen years old on Wednesday.

What we've seen in the last 15 years is this extraordinary growth year on year, doubling and doubling of content, of users.
And that has incredible implications for everybody from individuals themselves, government, hardware providers, just the sheer amount of user generated content now.
The estimate is that 80% of all content now generated on our databases in our computers is user generated and only 20% is enterprise. So how are we going to manage that tsunami, that overwhelming avalanche of information?
The future is the Semantic web, or web 3.0. Rather than at the moment what you have to do is do some smart searching, and integrate through a lot of documents that are offered up to you, Web 3.0 will be able to do a lot of that information brokering for you.
Nigel Shadbolt is professor of computer Science at the University of Southampton.

This is an example of what he's talking about:

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