The Next 5000 Days

The “Predicting the next 5,000 days of the web” presentation by Kevin Kelly is an excellent place to start when trying to get a summary of the history of the web, where we are today and some ideas about where all this is going in the future. Get ready for some very large numbers…

It was very interesting for me because I realised that it ties together a lot of the articles and ideas that I have dealt with recently.

Starting with Google’s pronouncement that there are now over a trillion unique URLs on the web, Kelly’s assessment of how much work was involved to create the web as we know it today (“the web of pages”), his “One Machine“, the semantic web (“the web of data”), cloud computing… He packs it all into an easy going 20 minutes.

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