Internet of Things (IoT):
“is about connecting physical objects* to the Web/Internet and one way of understanding it is that if Web 2.0 is all about connecting people, then version 3.0 might be about connecting things to things and people to things” (p. 311).
*These tangibles objects are things like smartphones, laptop computers and tablets.
What’s more the IoT can go beyond these somewhat traditional gadgets to a vast range of devices that connect to the Internet to communicate and interact with the outside world. Through the Semantic Web (Web 3.0) the IoT comes alive and allows individuals to fuse their digital and physical lives together. This is so cool and crazy! I love the synchronous world that we live in today.
An example of Web 3.0 and the IoT working together, hand in hand, would be…writing an article on a a computer, sending it to a friend to read via Google Doc and then checking their feedback online on your iPhone. The IoT has made our lives super efficient and enables us to stay online forever. What do you guys think of this? Good or Bad?
All in all, I reckon businesses benefit from this greatly, seeing that 24/7 online activity can increase their productivity and collaboration, allowing them to work across different timezones. However, having the ability to work anywhere at any time can be a heavy yoke to carry, causing the lines between work and play to become a tad blurry…don’t you reckon?
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.):
A.I. is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines/computer systems. This intelligence gives a machine the ability to reason, plan, learn, communicate, perceive, move and control objects. Now that we understand Web 2.0, Web 3.0 and IoT we can see how A.I. innately comes into the scene and revolutionises the way we exist, think and act.
New Media Writer Clay Shirky said that the Semantic Web is A.I. researchers witness protection program and I would agree! He explained that with Web 3.0…
“instead of making machines think like people we can describe the world in terms that machines were good at thinking about” so that they can help us to function in the world with greater ease.
Examples of today’s A.I. would be GPS and Siri, pretty much anytime computers are involved in a process or situation there is a chance A.I is too.
Looking at A.I. in a positive light the “goal is not so much about building a software agent that will fully understand a situation in a human way” (p.297) but rather it’s about creating software that will influence our daily lives in an efficient way. Alternatively, yes, A.I. could replace us all in some way or form thus proving to be a very scary road to entertain. Yikes!
Questions for you…please share and tell!
- When it comes to the notion of A.I. are you a skeptic or an enthusiast?
- Do you reckon today we spend too much time in the fantastical world rather than in our real lives?
Check this out for more A.I. information, its super interesting:
Hold up hold up hold up…just when you think we’ve arrived we actually haven’t. I must make a shout out to Web 4.0 and Web 5.0 as they’re out there.
Web 4.0 is know as the “Mobile Web” and relates to our current mobile environment. It links all our gadgets in the real and digital world in real-time.
Web 5.0 on the other hand is know as the “Emotional Web”. It is open, connected, intuitive and still evolving.
It “will be about the (emotional) interaction between humans and computers. The interaction will become a daily habit for a lot of people based on neurotechnology. For the moment web is “emotionally” neutral, which means web does not perceive the users feel and emotions.”
Nonetheless the time will come when we will interact with content that interacts with our emotions and changes with our reactions. This is what the future has in store for us and it’s pretty thrilling. Don’t you think?
Anderson, P. (2012). Web 2.0 and beyond: Principles and technologies. CRC Press,Boca Raton, FL pp. 295-315.
Webopedia. (2016). IoT – Internet of Things. Retrieved from. http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/internet_of_things.html
Flat World Business. (2016). Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition. Retrieved from https://flatworldbusiness.wordpress.com/flat-education/previously/web-1-0-vs-web-2-0-vs-web-3-0-a-bird-eye-on-the-definition/