For some reason when I read about the possibilities of the next decade of web technologies, aka Web 3.0, I can't help but hope that Matthew Broderick and John Wood will be around to save us from 'Joshua (the WOPR - War Operation Plan Response)'. Even though I jest, listen to Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) talk about his definition of Web 3.0 and tell me you don't get a little eerie feeling as well. If you don't, jump on the web (2.0), access your online rental service, put WarGames (1983) at the top of your queue and get back to me after you watch it.
Now I am not afraid of the words Artificial Intelligence, in fact I look forward to the day when I can purchase a real 'iron chef' as well as a robot to do my laundry (probably my 2 least favorite activities, cooking and laundry). However, I do caution the pace at which the technologies are changing. I still feel like Web 2.0 was introduced yesterday! or at least hasn't grown to its maturity level yet. The life span of Web technologies seems to be shorter and shorter. StartUps are looking for opportunities to fill Web 3.0 niches already. Before they even get going, they will be out of date with Web 4.0 (which will essentially validate any AI movie ever created by that point).
In my opinion Web 3.0 and beyond is coming, so we really can't stop it, but do we agree with the speed at which it is coming??
And for all you WarGames fans, do we like the idea of a sequel?