As someone or many have mentioned in What is ‘Web 3.0,’ and should you care?, Web 1.0 was about making information available. Web 2.0 was about connecting, communicating, collaborating, social networking, individual and group publishing, blogging, crowd-sourcing and the transformation of traditional media.
In the 2.0 period, we started to see the rise of cyber currency, virtual worlds and virtual or cyber-economics (and valuation of virtual assets). One possible direction for Web 3.0 could be a further “cyberfication” for a lack of a better word, where virtual assets and worlds take on more value and importance.
One of the constants of the human condition (sorry, I digress a little), is that humans continue to commit crime against humanity and one another. There is no end to crime, war, disease, hunger, social inequality, injustice and other human-world generated problems despite great advances in technology.
There will continue to be groups of people, the rich, the famous, the political and the super beautiful, who will flourish in the “real world”. However, for the vast majority of normal humans on the planet, the not rich, the not super beautiful, the not famous, the masses of the world’s population will find increasely more comfort, emotional satisfaction, freedom of expression, and security by spending more time in virtual worlds.
This natural evolution of the masses will give rise to more virtual assets and virtual currency creating a natural evolutionary supply and demand. There are serious limitations with resources in the “real world” and the economic gaps between the rich and the poor continues to grow.
However, the constraints are different in cyberspace.
Well! I might be talking about Web 6.0 …
My point is, the future is very different than most of us can imagine.