The evolution of Internet

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The most primal form of the Internet is what we now call web 1.0, which only allowed users to read the information, without the chance of a direct interaction. It was the web of one-way communication. Then came web 2.0, with the emergence and proliferation of social networks and all communication applications such as blogs, forums and podcasts, that made possible new forms of participative communication.

In 2006, the term Web 3.0 was first coined and it is characterized more by a series of factors such as semantic web, artificial intelligence (AI), enhanced web, merger of poles, 3D web, and web as database. The characteristics of the Web 3.0 era is the integration of the Internet in every aspect of our life. Thanks to technological advancements, we are always connected, anytime and anywhere.

With billions of devices connecting to the internet and collecting data, many are predicting that we are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution–known as Industry 4.0. It is suspected that it will be an age in which augmented reality and Big data will play a bigger role and each person will have a digital alter ego and will talk more and more with new interfaces, like intelligent machines. The power of Web 4.0 evokes a dystopian vision of the future, with a greater control of the information that will affect not only the digital world but also the reality around us.

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The technology behind Web 4.0

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The evolution of the Internet will see the introduction and advancement of new technologies and functions. Some of these are already in use today, but the Internet of Things (IoT) means they will become more widespread. The IoT, one of the main factors of Web 4.0, is the network of all networks, connecting not just computers and smartphones, but everything in our environment that can be equipped with a sensor. The sensors do not only collect data, but they also act as actuators in their own rights, taking on some form of automated action. This means that the IoT can also be used to control our environment, such as lights, heating, and security systems.

Combining the decentralized nature of block chain technology with IoT will enable billions of devices to transact with one another and make reliable decisions with minimal human intervention. Additionally, the evolution of computing from towers to the cloud means that the internet is a platform that can be used by a wider range of devices, regardless of where they are. This is intended to be one of the key benefits of Web 4.0. While remote access has been possible for some time, it has been limited to certain devices. However, with next-generation computing, all devices can be used from anywhere, making it easier for employees to work remotely.

AI and advanced Machine Learning algorithms will be crucial features in Web 4.0 to handle the massive amount of data and input from both the human brain and the physical world. The advancement of this technology is evident in the rising popularity of self-driving cars, which use ML and computer vision to make sense of the actual roads and possible obstacles in a typical commute.


How Web 4.0 will change the world

The IoT has the potential to have a profound effect on many aspects of our daily lives and a multitude of industries. One of its promising areas, given the ubiquity of wearable devices that collect health data and the ability of IoT systems to draw on and off that data, is in improving health and wellness. Since IoT systems can collect data from sensors in vehicles and the road network, it enables us to “see” the traffic conditions, nearby accidents, and other factors that might affect our travel plans.

The evolution of the Internet means that data analytics systems can process and analyze data from thousands of sources at once. Companies can now collect data from sensors, attached machines, and user devices and use it to run simulations and make predictions. This has enormous potential to transform the way businesses operate.

The transition to Web 4.0 will significantly impact the way people use the Internet and could eventually replace traditional websites and apps. While there are still some hurdles to overcome before this vision becomes a reality, the potential for Web 4.0 is clear, and it is likely to play a significant role in the future of the Internet.

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