The World Wide Web is the system of linked websites that we use every day. It has become a crucial tool for browsing information, sharing ideas, and collaborating with people from all over the world. However, it’s not just about web pages anymore. The third generation of the internet will bring a new wave of users, applications, and companies ready to reshape how we live and work online. We are currently standing on the edge of an enormous social, technological and commercial shift: The adoption of blockchain technology as a decentralized ledger capable of storing information securely without an intermediary (). Moreover, with eager developers experimenting in parallel digital spaces like AI and VR, new possibilities are emerging faster than ever before. Here is an overview of what you need to know about this giant leap forward for the web – Web3.
What is Web3
Web3 stands for “Web-three”. It represents the third-generation internet, the next phase of the digital world where information and services are hosted by distributed computer networks instead of central servers. Web3 applications are often referred to as dapps, or decentralized applications. This shift is expected to bring a new wave of users, applications, and companies ready to reshape how we live and work online. A decentralized system for sharing information will have a dramatic impact on how we consume and produce data, what data is collected about us, and who has access to that data. There will be a new web where users maintain control of their data, and there is no central point of failure or single source of truth.
There are a wide variety of web3 applications being built on the platform. Some of the most popular include
- decentralized exchanges,
- social media platforms, and
- gaming applications.
Web3 is also being used to create new types of applications that were not possible before, such as decentralized finance applications.
The benefits of web3 include increased security, privacy, and transparency. Because web3 applications are built on a decentralized platform, they are less susceptible to hacks and data breaches. Additionally, web3 applications give users more control over their data and privacy. And because of the transparency of the platform, users can be sure that the applications they are using are safe and trustworthy.
Distributed networks rely on a consensus algorithm to agree on the state of a transaction. Blockchain is a decentralized database that is used to record transactions and store data across a network of computers. It is managed by a network of computers or “nodes”, which are also responsible for verifying and recording transactions on the network. A blockchain is a data structure that enables recording transactions between two parties as a chronological chain of “blocks.” These blocks are secured through “cryptography”, and can be public or private. The chain of blocks is “decentralized” because it exists on many computers at the same time.
Decentralized applications (“DApps”) work on a peer-to-peer network of nodes. DApps are similar to web apps in that they are hosted on a company’s server and are accessible via the internet. However, DApps are different from web apps in that users control their data and can’t be shut down by the app’s owner. Users can gain access by downloading a computer program or using a browser plug-in. They are also called “dApps” because they do not rely on a single computer to function. Instead, they run on a network of computers across the internet. This “decentralized” model makes them resistant to censorship.
Virtual Reality (VR)
VR is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be explored and interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way. The user’s experience is created by wearing a headset that generates visual, auditory, and haptic feedback. VR technology lets people travel and do things they couldn’t do, or even imagine doing, in real life. It also lets people communicate and collaborate in new ways, creating a world where people can go beyond the boundaries of their physical location.
AI assistants are tools that can help people complete tasks, learn new things, and get information. They use algorithms, learn from user data, and provide suggestions that make life easier. AI assistants are expected to become a primary way people interact with the web. These AI assistants are powered by machine learning algorithms and will become exponentially better and more capable as the technology matures. They will be able to understand human language, suggest and execute tasks, and learn as people use them more. These AI assistants will fundamentally change the way people interact with the internet.
The web has evolved over time to become more robust and multifunctional. It is no longer just about web pages; it is about the exchange of data. In this sense, the term “web” is a bit of a misnomer, as it no longer refers only to the World Wide Web but also to IoT networks, blockchain networks, and other distributed systems. The third generation of the internet will bring a new wave of users, applications, and companies ready to reshape how we live and work online. It will also change how we understand and use the internet in our day-to-day lives.