the web in 2020…

By Arti Gupta (Intel) 2008 

I listened to a panel discussion on where the web will be in 2020. It was headed by researchers from Google, Bell labs, Yahoo and Stanford. You might be thinking — 2020? that is ages away! Not really if you think of 1998. We are 12 years later and think how the web has changed our lives.

Some of the key trends being discussed are

  • cloud computing – data, software and services being stored in the cloud. This might change the face of IT as we know it. PC’s will no longer hold our data, it will be in the cloud.
  • Web 3.0 – web a database of data. With all personal / non personal data being stored in the cloud this will need to become shareable to create mashups. Today the data is limited to the site it was uploaded to, with minimal sharing
  • Videos/photos/maps/gps – will become the eyes of the world. You will be able to see what is being seen by who and where
  • Search – with the explosion of data, enhancements to search become critical, semantic search will replace keyword search
  • online communities will grow. People will start communicating to a group of people more than 1 on 1 communications, example twitter
  • mobile devices usage will outgrow PCs. Today there are 3 billion cell phone users vs 1 billion PC users.

    What do you think? 

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