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Web turned 15 this week…

Posted by bcmoney on May 4, 2008 in Semantic Web with 1 Comment


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The web as we know it turned 15 years old today. In those 15 years, the web has blossomed, but as its creator Tim Berners-Lee mentions, it has yet to reach its true coming-of-age. Several other well-respected minds from academia and the corporate world alike were interviewed alongside the pioneer by BBC for their Luminaries look to the future web special.

The general consensus seems to be that Academia has built the foundations for the next stage of the web, commonly referred to as the Semantic Web, and that it is now up to the large corporations to make good on their end of the bargain by actually implementing the standards set out by the W3C, which many also happens to believe should include the opening of their long-closed wall-gardened networks and databases.

One thing that is for certain, the web has changed the way we communicate, share and obtain information in the world. You don’t have to look very far, for example the latest episode of South Park Over Logging, or your own friends & family, which each likely have their faces buried in a computer screen at various but yet increasingly frequent points of time in the day.Through mobile devices (such as cellphones, GPS navigation devices, personal media players, etc) which are currently in use by as many as 3.2 Billion people worldwide, the web is now poised to become truly ubiquitous. How we prepare for the coming ubiquity and improve upon the building blocks of the existing web will be crucial, especially as the overwhelming amount of information on the web perpetually increases.