Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
"We're at Web 2.0, he (Spivak) argues, with the 'semantic web' just around the corner as Web 3.0... Web 4.0 will, in theory, include an array of sensors that will gather information from one's environment and use them to create a deep profile of your behaviors and activities." But, as Susan Smith Nash says, "since this will not be too appealing to many people (thought-leaders, programmers, innovators), Web 4.0 will probably be deconstructed, undermined, and subverted even as it evolves." Quite so. The web 3.0 and 4.0 as described here don't offer anything people actually want. Our actual technology development will probably veer from such a gloomy path.

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