The Evolution of the Internet

By: Pierce Jackson

The Internet has been in a constant state of evolution since the World Wide Web went on line in 1991. Right now we are beginning to move into the Web 3.0. As technology continues to progress where will the advancement internet go looking forward to the next several decades?


Web 1.0 was the rudimentary beginnings of the internet with static websites connected through hyperlinks and was fairly one directional in function besides things such as email. Websites were not interactive with users and more informational and propitiatory in nature. Then in the early 2000’s we began to move into the Web 2.0 with the development of social media which has made the web much more interactive. With the explosion of smartphones and tablets it made online connection building all the more available as there is access virtually anywhere. The shift from Web 1.0 to 2.0 changed the internet from a library of knowledge that people could access to a social forum and marketplace that has multi-directional communication.

Some would say that the development of Semantic search is now pushing the internet onto the cusp of Web 3.0 because now the web is becoming customizable to each individual user. Information can now be filtered by location, preference, and habit history in order for results to be more applicable and accurate for all users of the internet. So where Web 2.0 connected users the improvement of the way the web is developing is that users are being connected more effectively and more abundantly than in the past.

Web 4.0 is speculated to be more of a symbiotic and emotional connection than the current iteration of the web. With technologies such as: Artificial Intelligence, Av implants and 5 sense immersion for games, Direct brain connects and collective intelligence in research and development. The future of the web will not only alter our social interactions and access to information but eventually our anatomy (implants), and our understanding of reality (Virtual/Augmented Reality). To quote Elon Musk “The internet…it’s like humanity acquiring a collective nervous system. Whereas previously we were more like a… collection of cells that communicated by diffusion. With the advent of the Internet, it was suddenly like we got a nervous system.” Speculation into the further advancements in the web sound like true science fiction but since technology evolves at an exponential rate its not impossible to envision some of this becoming a reality.



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