Some people laugh when you say Web 3.0 or semantic web....they don't believe there will be a "Web 3.0" but rather something completely different.
The folks at Project10X will argue that Web 3.0 is the next wave and it is starting now!
Project10X is a "research consultancy specializing in next wave semantic technologies and solutions. The firm’s clients include technology manufacturers, global 2000 corporations, and government agencies."
A quote from a report just released by Project10X looks at the 4 stages of Internet growth....
"The semantic wave embraces four stages of Internet growth.
- The first stage, Web 1.0, was about connecting information and getting on the net.
- Web 2.0 is about connecting people — putting the “I” in user interface, and the “we” into Webs of social participation.
- The next stage, Web 3.0, is starting now. It is about representing meanings, connecting knowledge, and putting these to work in ways that make our experience of Internet more relevant, useful, and enjoyable.
- Web 4.0 will come later.
The executive summary of this 400+ page report is free to download
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This report looks at emerging technologies and explores the market readiness. Project10X also "projects that public and private sector R&D relating to semantic technologies in the 2008-2010 period will exceed $8 billion and that global ICT markets for semantic technology infused products and services will grow from $2.1 B in 2006 to $52.4 B in 2010."
If this evolves as predicted, it means a lot of new/spin-off companies will be formed around this growth and development. One just has to scour the web now to see all of the new websites/companies that have been born during the Web 2.0 era.
This means that schools need to "wrap their head around" what impact all this will have on their students and their programs. What information and skills will need to get to the students in order for them to be "future-proofed".....ready to take on the semantic entrepreneurial spirit.