The Internet Of Things, Web2, and Web3.0
The Internet Of Things, Web2, and Web3.0
What is the Internet of Things and why does it matter? The current efforts at Adpost are focused on presenting visitors with a more comprehensive and immersive internet experience. At the same time, Adpost would like to offer up a host of information about digital lifestyles and living, working, and even playing and socializing online.
What Does Techno Talk Have To Do With Real People In The Real World
The Internet Of Things or IoT does not seem to be as big a catch phrase these days as it was in the late teens. The term itself was coined or first used in 1999, though the concept had been around much longer.
Then along came Web 2.0 in the year 2004, describing how the Internet would become a much more interactive experience for many users. These days, Web 3.0 seems to be the current craze for lack of a better term.
What does all of that mean though? What impact does it have on every day life? Is there any real need or even benefit to understanding the difference between these technologies? The answers may surprise you.
What Is The Internet Of Things
In order to understand the concept of the Internet of Things, it may first be advisable to have a more firm understanding of what an actual internet is. Yes, the internet is something we are all intimately familiar with, but what is it?
What is an internet?
Let’s break the word apart and have a closer look. Inter is a prefix and it should be known that net is short for network. What do those words mean when each is independent of the other?
1. between; among. “interagency”
2. mutually; reciprocally. “interactive”
1. an arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines. “a spider constructs a complex network of several different kinds of threads”
2. a group or system of interconnected people or things. “a trade network”
So any internet would be an interactive, interconnected group or system of people or things. This is important because by definition, the Morse Telegraph Machines of the 1800s are considered in technical terms to be the first incarnation of the “internet” for the purposes of communication. However, this is only in part relevant to the modern internet of things or IoT.
The Modern Variant Of The Internet Of Things
In the modern vernacular, the Internet of Things refers to Smart Devices and other products that are all interconnected, inter-related, and which people may be interactively engaged with for their operations. But remember, this also indicates a bidirectional system of communication.
The Internet of Things or IoT is merely a number of computer-enabled communications between standard appliances and devices that we normally use anyhow. This may sometimes be referred to as Smart Technologies, such as Smart Appliances or Smart Meters or other devices which regulate utilities or function within a location.
Practical application of IoT includes use in modern vehicles for increased performance and tracking for vehicles, allowing drivers to find their way easier, to measure fuel economy, and even serving as “black boxes” for the purpose of accident reviews and other issues.
Telemedicine is another modern variant of the IoT with people living in isolated, rural locations now having more routine access for physical checkups, follow-up treatments, and even a limited resource for diagnostics and testing.
The utility companies are an interesting recipient of IoT technologies, with some equally fascinating results. There was a time when thermostats being operated on timers to allow the house to begin heating or cooling before the arrival of residents was awe-inspiring technology. These days, many can even keep a personal watch on their properties, never mind the savings on energy bills from the use of IoT tech.
What Is Web 2.0
There once was a website named MySpace. It began operations in 2003 and was perhaps one of the key factors in the introduction of Web 2 technologies. For those that do not know, MySpace was the precursor to Facebook, and YouTube would not even set foot into the market until 2005.
Like the Internet of Things, Web 2.0 as a phrase was coined or first used in 1999. (And you wonder why those old folks still sing about partying like it’s 1999?) Web 2 technologies were the introduction of websites and platforms that allowed users to take a more active role in web content, and to become content creators.
For many people today, it would be unimaginable trying to surf such a limited platform as the internet of the 1990s. If you were bereft of an AOL account, it would be challenging to access many of the best chat rooms or even more popular websites. Yahoo was among the first places to go for Chat outside of AOL, with ICQ and the IRC or Internet Relay Chat for the really advanced users.
A Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or MMORPG was little more than a MUD or Multi-User Dungeon, often completely run on a CLI or Command Line Interface with no GUI or Graphical User Interface being deployed in days of the simpler, Web v1.0 technology.
Web 2.0 technologies introduced the world to the content creators, and gave users the opportunity to actively engage with others online, often in more informal settings, where they could share much more than just contextual exchanges. These days it is difficult to imagine an internet that is not dominated by content creators and contributors from around the world.
And Then Along Comes Web 3.0
Web 3.0 is still being defined in many circles, so there may be some confusion even after researching the technology online. If there were any real highlights for the specifics of Web 3.0 technologies, it would probably come in the form of the Decentralized platforms, Digital Currency and Mining, and the Digital Exchange for lack of a better term on the last entry.
What Are Decentralized Platforms
Decentralized platforms are only now coming in to vogue for the casual internet user. The first decentralized platforms were created with the formation of Bitcoin, though its original founder(s) remain shrouded in mystery. The concept behind the decentralized platforms was ingenious to say the least.
The decentralized platforms are utilizing Distributed Ledger Technologies which prevent the allowance for any single failure point. In terms of Web 2.0 technologies and websites, there is a single platform hosting the content created by the participants.
All of the content is stored on a single platform, even if it is stored across multiple servers. All of the content on a centralized platform is thus subject to any disruptions within the platform, intentional or not.
Should the website owners or other “powers that be” determine that you have violated some often arbitrary, sacrosanct rule, you automatically lose. The content you created may be shadow-banned, banned completely, deleted, removed, or even lost or otherwise compromised in the event of a third-party hack.
In a decentralized platform all of the data packets store the information, which is housed on any number of computers forming a decentralized network, or a network on which there is no individual platform. Such systems can still be hacked but it is much more challenging, and even expensive to do so.
In fact, since the first hack of the decentralized system with the original bitcoin platform, these attacks have been made much more difficult and statistically at least, much more rare. The technology has since been broken down completely, carefully examined, and re-configured in order to make decentralized network attacks a cost-prohibitive, even for advanced miners.
What Is Digital Currency
Despite some popular misconceptions, currency is merely a medium of exchange. The currency may or may not reflect the value of an item, and the value of the currency will likely fluctuate within any economic system. Digital currency is any digital composition that serves as a medium of exchange in its most basic form.
In the world of old, there was a time when cacao (more commonly referred to as cocoa) beans were used as a form of currency. The same is true with coffee beans. In a system of barter and trade, virtually anything can be used as a medium of exchange, including goods and services themselves. People will still trade in very small isolated communities, with chickens being traded for grains, or some virtually limitless combination thereof.
It is not always the currency itself that is vital to the success of the transaction, but the perceived value of items, goods, services, and even such finished products as may be traded between the buyer and the seller. Nothing is worth anything more than you can sell it for at the end of the day.
No matter what you may believe something to be worth, you cannot sell it for that amount without first convincing the buyer it is worth the amount or value of whatever is being exchanged.
What Is Crypto-Mining
In the world of DeFi or Decentralized Finance, or across the block-chain, or in other digital and electronic exchanges, the term Crypto-mining is sometimes referenced. As was previously noted, the decentralized platforms rely on multiple computers always running, and being able to collect individual data packets without any loss of data.
If a single company owned all the servers, such as the server-banks of Google or Facebook, they would comprise a centralized system. Thus, the decentralized networks must rely on independent computer or network owners who commit a portion of their network to “mining” operations.
That is to say that they will keep the computers running constantly, exchanging data-packets back and forth, and storing data on their computers. In return, they can potentially gain a greater resource of the digital currency being used to “power” that decentralized computer network. This is the incentive that is utilized in order to allow the platform owners to grow and expand.
How Is All This Relevant In My World
The world we live in is becoming increasingly digital in nature. There are children today who have had hand-held electronic devices available to them throughout the entire course of their lives. An increasingly large number of people are working as remote-workers, often working from home.
It is estimated that in the current day and age, nearly one in five of all purchases are made online. You can literally stroll through a virtual mall, place digital items representing what you want to purchase in your cart, and have your order delivered directly to your door.
The online entertainment industry is a similarly booming technology. How many people travel to arcades these days? Entire communities are built online surrounding gaming and entertainment. Companies like Netflix and other online streaming services have put the best of television on the internet. Even television viewership is declining in favor of a more interactive, internet experience.
All this has led to the new and improved vision for the Metaverse. If there is any real beauty to the Metaverse, it is that theoretically at least, virtually everyone could live inside of a Megacity or Super-city with virtually everything quite literally at their fingertips.
Unlike the mega-cities in the many dystopian Steampunk and Science Fiction films, these would be clean and pleasant places. Furthermore, with just the click of a button, individuals could visit virtually anywhere in the world.
Nobody can accurately and completely predict the future. Nonetheless, the Technological Revolution and the New Normal are no longer some distant dystopian dream, but a very real presence in the here and now.
One of the primary goals of the “Me In The Metaverse” Art contest, is to introduce people to the worlds of decentralized tech, the NFT, and other concerns relevant to the work and life within the digital realm. Even the most devout Luddite may soon discover that even if they do not work from home, or play online, there are still plenty of undiscovered worlds and opportunities in the Metaverse of Tomorrow, even today.