I just came accross this url [semantic-conference.com...] and with all the noise going around about the semantic web due to replace the http . Do you guys thing this change is feasible in the near future? If yes then wats ur take? 2010,2020..etc?
took a look, but I did not see what they want to replace http with - can you elaborate, which protocols are suggested? also I doubt that would be clean, easy and fast. It takes years and years till most of the world has adopted a new standard.
The W3C wanted to replace HTML with XML, but that didn't go too well as the replacement lacked the robustness and error-tolerance of the original. I suspect HTTP will be with us for a long time yet, its strength is in its ubiquity but also its simplicity and robustness.
That's not to say that HTTP won't be complemented by other methods in the future - even now .torrent has become popular because of its significant advantages over HTTP for large files, and file-sizes aren't likely to get smaller as the web grows from text files to multimedia.