CS299-001 Spring 2010

Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On

by susienk_jose on Apr.22, 2010, under Uncategorized

In Tim O’Reilly’s article  “Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On” he talks a lot about the use of sensors and how they have revolutionized he world changing Web 2.0 to becoming Web Squared.  He provides the example of products that use multiple sources of sensory data such as  Goog 411, a camera with GPS that instantly tags the photo location, and Apples face recognition software .   How have they contributed to the shift from Web 2.0 to Web Squared? And how will these sensory data applications changing the way we live?

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6 comments for this entry:
  1. Nicholas Smits

    As discussed in class on Thursday, Tim O’Reilly believes the future of the web is in the incredibly broad industry of data, not necessarily the tools that access it, but the collectors of data – choosing what to collect, and how they collect it.

    With the addition of more data, developers can then design and implement new softwares, including, like mentioned above, the use of GPS and voice-reception technologies.

    How have these applications changed the way we live? Simply put, they’ve made us a constantly-connected people.

    Just look at Professor Frydenberg’s iPhone. With it he can not only call/text anyone, but he can also check news, movie showtimes, local maps, or really anything, on the go.

    We’re no longer limited in the amount of data we can access, but instead are all “Google Geniuses”!

  2. ferrier_mich

    When Tim O’Reilly discusses the change from Web 2.0 to Web squared he is talking about a broad transition including all aspects of the web making it more personal, and more connected. Sensors and sensory data are just one important but small aspect of this transition.

    They have contributed to the transition by simply making the web more personal. Most notably, the facial recognition software, if it continues to develop, could be a very significant factor in the transition. Facial recognition software would lead to a time where taking a simple picture could automatically tell you everything you need to know about a person.

    These applications, and thousands of other innovative programs are changing the way we live simply by making everything more efficient. With the modern day on-the-go lifestyle, these applications allow us to live our lives, and do things that we need to get done simultaneously without missing a beat.

  3. hills_matt

    Tim O’Reilly states that “increasingly, the web is the world, everything and everyone casts an information shadow, an aura of data which, when captured and processed intelligently, offers extraordinary opportunity and mind bending implications.” This is the general theory behind Web Squared, the fact that the web is now becoming the world. It is becoming increasingly personalized, allowing individuals to, as Joe stated, automatically tag photos locations. We see this first hand in class when Professor Frydenberg, uses his iPhone to take photos, or perform a live web chat directly from his phone to the internet. These such applications are the catalyst to the shift from Web 2.0 to web squared. There are allowing users to do more functions and have abilities they wouldnt have with web 2.0 applications. They are also changing the way we live, mostly through the means of convenience. For example, as stated above, if you are able to use an application that tags photos locations automatically, this makes life a whole lot easier. Convenience is a big upside to the web squared world. And as Tim O’Reilly said, Web meet works. Thats web squared.

  4. rowe_benj

    Applications such as Goog 411 and Apple’s face recognition software is just the start of the shift from Web 2.0 to web squared. This shift has caused the internet to expand completely out of the web browser and being applied to every day things. With Goog 411, it is essentially combining two technological items making it into one powerful item.

    Web squared has allowed people to sense where in past experiences with the Internet, this was not possible. It has become more integrated within people than ever before. Allowing people to pinpoint their location of where they tweet or as in Goog 411, know where a picture was taken exactly. It is a new and powerful way of taking advantage of the Internet.

    As I stated before, this Web squared will change every day life because it is much more applicable than just a simple web browser. These sensory applications will change the way we live because we will know more about friends and internet acquaintances that weren’t possible before.

    For example, we see that a friend of yours tweets that they are going out to lunch at McDonald’s. There are a bunch of McDonald’s in the area but with an application showing their exact location, you can easily find them. With a combination of that and your phone using a GPS, it can pick up that location and tell you how to get there. This combination of many features will make it easier for people to not only stay connected online, but offline as well so friends can meet up with each other at lunch.

    This is just one of the many examples of how Web squared will cause a whole new experience with people.

  5. Brian Lofrumento

    These applications are pushing Web Squared forward because they are making our own technology understand our world. For many years we have molded technology to suit our needs and share information with people from all over the world. Now, however, technology is beginning to not only connect people all around the world but it is also beginning to understand our world and present information accordingly. Augmented reality seen in applications such as Layar allow anyone to point their camera phone at the world around them and use the collective intelligence of thousands of users that have been there before, and the technology is now smart enough to remember and understand the data it’s been given and present it to the user.

    The shift from technology presenting information to people from around the world to technology CONNECTING people from all over the world is, to me at least, what web 2.0 and web squared are all about. Data is beginning to have new meaning in the technology world as relational databases such as Freebase are making technology understand the world much better.

  6. Justin

    I think the world should be excited for what is happening in the changing world of the web. We are evolving every day into a society where information and everything you need right in front of you instantaneously. Right now there is a delay in getting what you need. In the future the devices that people are using will know exactly what someone needs and will give it to the person right way. People will almost not need to think anymore about how they will get the information because the web will do that for them. Sensory information will make it much easier to plan a day, do a project, and just live life. This is because from the second you wake up technology will be there guiding you on your the exact time to wake up, the temperature outside and the important events you have at work that day. We as a society need to take advantage of these great technologies that will make our lives easier but we will need to make sure that we do not become lazy and still exhibit qualities of hard work, morality, and compassion in our society. The combination of these new great technologies and strong human characteristics will allow growth to be limitless in the future.

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