Help a reader: what will web 5.0 be like?



I like questions from readers, so I decided to turn this one into a post. A reader asked me what my thoughts on web 5.0 were. I had to admit I had never thought about this, but I said: Whiteboard readers are smart.

They will help you.

Could anyone help this student, please? If you can’t help, could you retweet it? It would be great if we can get some bright minds to answer this question. And I’ve gotten quite curious myself.

You can answer in the comment section, or by e-mail or Twitter. Here’s the question:

“What will web 5.0 be like?”

That is the question I need to answer in my paper for e-business. This question is troubling me for some time. To explain the problem I have with this question I first need to tell you what the previous Webs are according to my teacher. A small summary.

  • Web 0.0 – Developping the internet
  • Web 1.0 – The shopping carts & static Web
  • Web 2.0 – The writing and participating Web
  • Web 3.0 – The semantic executing Web
  • Web 4.0 – Open, Linked & Symbiotic Web

Evolution Web 1.0 to 3.0 in a short note:

Web 4.0 is a bit more tricky to explain. No one really knows what it will be but the speculation on the key features are mostly the same. I found an explanation on this blog which sums it up quite well.

“Although Web 4.0 still is in developing mode and the true shape is still forming, first signals are in that Web 4.0 will be about a linked Web which communicates with us like we communicate with each other (like a personal assistant).

Web 4.0 is called “symbiotic” Web. This Web will be very powerful and fully executing.   Web 4.0 will be the read-write-execution-concurrency Web.” (source)

Here’s a TED talk video which goes deeper into the open and linked Web.

This is where I see a problem. The semantic Web (3.0) gives meaning to data through linking this data. The symbiotic Web (4.0) is Web 3.0 which would be completely integrated in every database.

So every little piece of data is intelligently linked to each other and filtered in such a way that it’s relevant for you. This can only be achieved if internet pages, databases, social networks and even real life (QR-codes, augmented-reality) is all linked together. So no more hits on Google, you get one answer that is relevant to you as if you’re talking to a real person. This in itself is to me a utopia. A utopia that may be feasible sometime in the future.

It also brings us to an age-old question: “Does the world make sense or do we make sense of the world?” (This is a philosophical question which I will leave be.)

But if Web 4.0 is the omnipotent Web – then what could possibly be Web 5.0?

Ivo Danssaert
Student Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerpen

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