You must have heard of the term Web 3.0 but why is it considered the next big thing in the tech industry. Web 3.0 is not something that will come in the future, it is already here. We have witnessed Wolfram Alpha and Apple’s Siri which is based on the technology of Web 3.0.
But what is it and how is it changing the existing internet world. Let us quickly introduce you to the other versions of the Web and how they have evolved into Web 3.0, which is considered to be the better version of the existing ones.
The world of the internet started in 1989 and gained popularity in 1991. It started with Web 1.0 and then with time it changed as the technology and innovation stepped up. Here is the chronological evolution of the Web and its all three forms:
In 1989, Web 1.0 was the primary adaptation that came into the utilization. At that time, it was more static, which means that the user could only read the information or data available on the internet. It was more like one-way communication and it did not allow users to make changes. Like the newspapers and magazines, it was in read-only format and forbade the users to make changes to them. The need to change was there so that a more interactive space can be offered to the users.
The term ‘Web 2.0’ was introduced to the world by Darcy DiNucci in 1999. In 2001, the world of the internet started to change. It allowed its users to interact, which made it more dynamic and interactive than the previous version. But the major change came in the year 2004 when Facebook arrived and brought the kind of revolution that introduced us to the whole new world of social media. It made the internet more content-centric; users at both ends became authorized to make changes or give their opinions about the products or services.
NEED TO CHANGE
But if Web 2.0 is such a wonderful and user-friendly place why do we need Web 3.0? The problem arises with Web 2.0 when the users started facing issues in data security and other technical glitches.
The concern for the user’s data and cyber security is providing due recognition to Web 3.0. Companies are using users’ personal information and data without their permission, which puts users’ data security and confidential information under threat. In Web 2.0, the centralization of data gives a company or a person the entire power which can be misused. This concern led users to the path of Web 3.0, which is a decentralized network that ensures data security.
Web 3.0 is viewed as the ‘Third Generation’ of the human-centric internet. The aim of Web 3.0 is to make websites more intelligent and interactive while also ensuring the safety of their users. The real-world example of Web 3.0 is Siri and Wolfram. Web 3.0 allows serverless hosting and data security with DApps (Decentralized Applications). With the use of Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence, the data no longer belongs to a particular person, company or enterprise, but rather it will be decentralized.
HOW DOES BLOCKCHAIN HELP IN WEB 3.0?
Also known as ‘Distributed Ledger Technology’, the conception of blockchain technology is to make online data and transactions more secure than ever before. Blockchain technology is a digital ledger that duplicates and distributes transactions across the entire network through a peer-to-peer network. Cryptocurrency is the most recent example of this technology. In cryptocurrency, there is no centralized control of the transactions rather the autonomy is more free and decentralized.
But how is this technology making Web 3.0 a safer place? Let’s make it easier for you to understand.
The structure of blockchain technology makes it nearly impossible to make changes in the existing data. This structure is built in such a way that it connects the entire network with a chain; each connecting link is called ‘Blocks’. The idea behind this chain network is to keep the data secure so that no person or company makes undesirable changes. So, it handles the issues which are there in Web 2.0, of tempering the data.
Modification of data in blockchain technology is going to be extremely difficult. To make changes in the data, one has to make changes in each and every block of the entire chain. If one node tries to make changes or temper the data, all the other nodes can identify from where data is mismatching and hence no one would be able to make undesirable alterations to the secured data.
Web 3.0 is expected to make the internet a better and more secure place with the help of artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the semantic web. It is considered to be the new vision of the future. It is modelled to be more human friendly; its intelligent searches put together the real-life experiences of users, making the experience much easier, safer and more advanced. Web 3.0 is upcoming technology or you can rather say that it is already there with Cryptocurrency and Apple’s Siri, but more is yet to come that will transform the world of the internet.