If you've been considering hiring a personal assistant, you may want to hold off until Web 3.0 becomes a reality. Some Internet experts say that this powerful browser will turn computers into intuitive assistants.
Some Internet experts believe the next generation of the Web -- Web 3.0 -- will make tasks like your search for movies and food faster and easier. Instead of multiple searches, you might type a complex sentence or two in your Web 3.0 browser, and the Web will do the rest.
Msg#: 3646743 posted 6:19 pm on May 10, 2008 (gmt 0)
Red Herring Magazine published something similar in February 2002, before the phrase Web 2.0 was popularized, lol. They called it Web Services but nowadays the concept has been scaled back and rechristened SaaS (Software as a Service).
Those idealists speak of a day when a woman will tell her computer she wants a spreadsheet program that can track packages and order office supplies. Then a type of software program called an intelligent agent will scour the Net for three Web services: a spreadsheet, a package tracker, and an office-supply purchaser. In seconds, another program will assemble the services into one application that the woman can use through her browser. Yet another program will bill her credit card for use of the Web services.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first pitched the Web-service concept to developers at a conference in 1999. "Programming for the Web will give developers an almost infinite array of building blocks to enhance or combine in any fashion to create exciting new solutions," he said. Since then, Microsoft has tempered its Web-service ambitions from the infinite to the global. "Everything in the world will be in Web services," chairman Bill Gates told BusinessWeek magazine last November.
Msg#: 3646743 posted 9:45 am on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
I was intrigued but confused by the whole 3.0 concept and couldn't figure out *why* I was confused. At first I assumed it was because everyone describing it were boffins and much, much more intelligent than me; but then I discovered [shirky.com...] and I realised it described exactly why I was feeling so conflicted about it.