Kolb (who initially nudged me to chime in), and then
ReadWriteWeb, and of course Nova's Twine about the topic, have
collectively started an interesting discussion about Web.vNext (3.0 and
beyond) under the heading: The Future of the Desktop.
My contribution to the developing discourse takes the form of a
Q&A session. I've taken the questions posed and provided
answers that express my particular points of view:
Q: Is the desktop of the future going to just be
a web-hosted version of the same old-fashioned desktop metaphors we
A: No, it's going to be a more Web
Architecture aware and compliant variant exposed by appropriate
Q: The desktop of the future is going to be a
hosted web service
A: A vessel for exploiting the virtues of the Linked Data Web.
Q: The Browser is Going to Swallow Up the
A: Literally, of course not! Metaphorically, of course!
And then the Browser metaphor will decomposes into function
specific bits of Web interaction amenable to orchestration by its
Q: The focus of the desktop will shift from
information to attention
A: No! Knowledge, Information, and Data sharing courtesy of
Hyperdata & Hypertext
Q: Users are going to shift from acting as
librarians to acting as daytraders
A: They were Librarians at Web 1.0, Journalist at Web
2.0, and Analysts in Web 3.0 (i.e, analyze structured and
interlinked data), and CEOs in Web 4.0 (i.e. get Agents to do stuff
intelligently en route to making decisions).
Q: The Webtop will be more social and will leverage and
integrate collective intelligence
A: The Linked Data Web vessel will only require you to fill in
your profile (once) and then serendipitous discovery and meshing of
relevant data will simply happen (the serendipity quotient will
grow in line with Linked Data Web density).
Q: The desktop of the future is going to have
powerful semantic search and social search capabilities
A: It is going to be able to "Find" rather than
"Search" for stuff courtesy of the Linked Data Web.
Q: Interactive shared spaces will replace
A: Data Spaces and their URIs (Data Source Names)
replace everything. You simply choose the exploration metaphor that
best suits you space interaction needs.
Q: The Portable Desktop
A: Ubiquitous Desktop i.e. do the same thing (all
answers above) on any device connected to the Web.
Q: The Smart Desktop
A: Vessels with access to Smart Data (Linked Data + Action driven Context sprinklings).
Q: Federated, open policies and
A: More federation for sure, XMPP will become a lot
more important, and OAuth will enable resurgence of the federated
aspects of the Web and Internet.
Q: The personal cloud
A: Personal Data Spaces plugged into Clouds
(Intranet, Extranet, Internet).
Q: The WebOS
A: An operating system endowed with traditional
Database and Host Operating system functionality such as: RDF Data
Model, SPARQL Query Language, URI based Pointer
mechanism, and HTTP based message Bus.
Q: Who is most likely to own the future
A: You! And all you need is a URI (an ID or Data Source Name for "Entity You") and a Profile Page (a place
where "Entity You" is Describe by You).
You can get a feel for the future desktop by downloading and then installing the OpenLink Data
Explorer plugin for Firefox, which allows you to switch viewing
modes between Web Page and Linked Data behind the page. :-)
About this entry:
Author: Kingsley Uyi Idehen
Published: 08/21/2008 15:26 GMT-0500
Modified: 08/21/2008 15:59 GMT-0500
Tags: webservices , web2.0 , web20 , rdf , semanticweb , dataweb , web30 , sparql , openlink , DataSpace
Categories: Semantic Web
Comment Status: 2
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