Our digital future 3: Semantic Web
|Smart eXtended Web - adapted from the work of Nova Spivak|
If we were to continue to apply versioning to the Web as it evolves, we might talk next about Web 3.0 - or the Semantic Web - a version that connects not only information and people, but also knowledge and ultimately, intelligence. In its current trajectory of development, the Web is advancing on both social and information axis, as depicted by the map above. e-Learning 3.0 (if there is such a beast) would feature several developments beyond what is currently practised.
|Adapted from the work of Francesco Magragrino|
The Semantic Web would extend beyond the current Web into every aspect of our lives within a richly connected environment, where pervasive technology make the virtual and physical combine and where Web meets world. Touch and non-touch (voice and gesture activated) surfaces would ultimately replace keyboards and mice, and connected computational capability would be more or less woven into the fabric of our clothing and environment. Although this commentary is speculative, much is already in development and in some cases is already available for use.
Previous posts in this series
1: Gazing down the corridor
2: Smart clothing
Graphics by Steve Wheeler
Our digital future 3: Semantic Web by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.