What Is Web 3.0?

The next generation of web will revolutionize how we see the internet.


For years, computer technology has been progressing rapidly, and naturally, this sharp upward curve has also affected the world wide web and the internet. For this reason, we transitioned from the strictly informational Web 1.0 to the more interactive Web 2.0. And, now we are set to transition into the third generation of the web, called “Web 3.0.”

Web 3.0 is a next-gen web technology that focuses heavily on machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). It comprises websites and online services that primarily employ AI to interpret Semantic Web – a type of web that hosts machine-friendly data – and produce output for the user. Virtual assistants, smart speakers, and network-connected home appliances are some examples of what Web 3.0 involves.

This new web generation promises a more intelligent, efficient, accurate, and connected online experience for everyone. However, it will take more time before we entirely switch to Web 3.0.

How is Web 3.0 different from Web 2.0?

Web 3.0 and Web 2.0 are different from each other in how they generate data for users. While our current web relies on users’ input and collaboration to determine the right way to function, the next-gen web would let AI operate on loads of data to determine the best way to function.

Breaking it down, certain online services right now depend on user feedback to tailor how they function, but in the coming years, they will let AI analyze the collected data and choose what’s best. This would allow websites to spontaneously figure out and provide information that a user is most likely to ask for.

What could be the major components of Web 3.0?

Artificial Intelligence: As of now, user decisions directly influence how the internet behaves. However, this level of dependency also poses the risk of some users deliberately influencing the web to show incorrect results. AI will overcome this by separating simple user input from bogus user input using sophisticated techniques.

Ubiquitous Computing: It is a concept of computing on any device, from anywhere, and in any format. This is relevant to the Internet of Things (IoT), a term for the devices that communicate via a common network. The noticeable presence of IoT devices, such as smart TVs and smart bulbs, forms an early infrastructure for Web 3.0.

Semantic Web: As mentioned before, this is the name for a web where the online data is readable for machines. This format of web data would allow machine learning to prosper and thus make AI function to its fullest. For instance, this would enable computers to understand the queries searched by humans in the proper context. The Semantic Web is the prerequisite for the effective implementation of AI.

To help these technologies work smoothly, Web 3.0 will involve blockchain, data mining, natural language search, etc.

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Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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