The internet is indisputably one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The internet unites people, provides access to data that has never before been available to such a large swath of the human population, and it opens up doors to opportunity, while creating new possibilities for our course of social history.
Web 1.0 was the first generation of the World Wide Web, and it was truly decentralized because all information was stored not on servers but on individual computers. However, when the breadth and size of data and data transfers grew, a need arose for a mechanism to store exorbitant amounts of data. This raised some challenges. Keeping data on one computer has two main problems. One: if the computer is turned off, the world loses access to the information. And second: a single computer’s hard disk is very limited in its capacity to store that information.
During the life of Web 1.0, it became apparent the internet required a solution that could accommodate the required storage capacity that would enable unfettered sharing of the vast data stores generated by users. We needed data storage that was large enough and could operate 24/7. And so, that’s when servers were developed. However, keeping information on a large server with a hard disk that could be connected to the internet 24/7 was the first step towards the centralization of the internet. The growing popularity of social media and online shopping led some services to create their own servers to store consumer data.
I am referring to Facebook, Amazon, and Google. These giants offered a very convenient solution: if you keep your data on our large server, we will store it for you and give you access to it at any given time. However, there was a significant concession we made when we entered into this new social contract with the tech giants. Ultimately, this is what leads to the why and how we conceded control over our personal information. Now, our personal data is controlled by digital corporations. Those digital corporations are disclosing our data and, by doing so, making a lucrative financial profit.
With that, Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the second generation of the internet–eb 2.0–the era of data collection and targeted advertisement. It is important to note that we are willingly giving away our data in exchange for services and entertainment. If you are listening right now, and you are age 18 or younger, the chances are that Facebook and Google know more about you than your own parents–and maybe even yourself. But don’t panic yet, because there is a solution! Let’s move on to
Web 3.0 is the latest generation of the internet that is powered by blockchain technology and focuses on decentralization, creating transparency as well as security and privacy.
Blockchain technology is one of my favorite topics, and I will be covering it in detail in my next video.
As the world enters the era of Web 3.0, the power of the internet and its decentralized design will continue to extend into every aspect of our lives.
Web 3.0 is the internet of everything, where not just one line of technology is the main driver but, rather, where a variety of technologies work in concert to facilitate a whole new system that integrates mobile devices, sensors, voice and face recognition, brain research, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and so forth.
All of these advancements are meant to enrich our lives and empower us to keep our personal information private. Furthermore, this new incarnation of the internet is designed to preserve freedom, promote life free of censorship and enable us to enter into direct peer-to-peer exchanges with anyone anywhere in the world.