Le 10 evoluzioni del Web

Leggevo su Joho del lancio di WE Magazine. Il primo volume raccoglie una serie di interessanti articoli ed interviste.
Tra questi, mi è parso doveroso segnalarvi Ten Futures, scritto da Stephen Downes: l’articolo propone dieci possibili scenari futuri che il Web potrebbe assumere nei prossimi decenni. Delle dieci previsioni, tre hanno colto la mia attenzione.
La prima è il web pragmatico, che dista parecchio dal web semantico, poiché basato sul contesto e non sul significato.

The pragmatic web, by contrast, is all about context. Your tools know who you are, what you’re doing, who you’ve been talking to, what you know, where you want to go, where you are now, and what the weather is like outside. You don’t query them; they carry on an ongoing conversation with you.
[…]The pragmatic web isn’t just a web you access, read to and write to, it’s a web that you use every day.

Il secondo scenario interessante è rappresentato dagli oggetti intelligenti (smart objects, appunto). Oggetti interconnessi che contengono un’intelligenza minima ed interagiscono per soddisfare i nostri bisogni. Interessante l’esempio della marmellata di fragole.

We don’t expect a lot of intelligence from strawberry jam, for example, but we expect it to at least know about what types of bread and peanut butter there are in the house (your current mobile dwelling), to be able to monitor its compliance with your physical systems, to be able to suggest itself as a solution to current needs, to be able to offer relevant instruction, or to at least provide some input to the overall ambient room’s conversation with you.

Terza ed ultima prospettiva che ha catturato la mia curiosità è di natura socio-politica: il (non) governo globale. Downes premette che, in futuro, non ci sarà alcun tipo di nazione, parlando dal punto di vista geografico.

For the most part, after that, government will disappear from the lives of people. There won’t be elections or anything like that; rather, people will participate directly in the management of sectors in which they are involved. Because people will have (what we today call) guaranteed incomes (but which amounts to free necessities of life) it will not be possible to coerce people in managerial hierarchies, and so corporate governance will be by networked decisions – each person will create creatively and ’pseudo-entities‘ composed of temporary collections of simultaneous inputs will achieve corporate outputs.

Nello stesso numero si parla anche di digital natives, termine non tanto caro a Stefano (come mai?).

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