Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bill Joy's webs

Bill Joy's taxonomy of the net:

1. The Near Web: This is the Internet that you see when you lean over a screen - like a laptop.
2. The Here Web. This is the Internet that is always with you because you accesses it through a device you always carry - like a cell phone.
3. The Far Web. This is the Internet you see when you sit back from a big screen - like a television or a kiosk.
4. The Weird Web. This is the Internet you access through your voice and which you listen to - say when you are in your car, or when you talk to an intelligent system on your phone, or when you ask your camera a question. Joy concedes that this Web does not yet fully exist.
5. B2B. This is an Internet which does not possess a consumer interface, where business machines talk to other business machines. It is chatter of corporations amongst themselves when they do not care about their human drones.
6. D2D. This is the Internet of sensors deployed in meshes networks, adjusting urban systems for maximum efficiency. This Web also does not yet exist. Joy says that it will embed machine intelligence in ordinary, daily life.

As usual I believe we tend to overestimate the near future and underestimate the far future. I believe we have not experienced even half of the so called Near Web. And what exactly are the differences between the Near and Here Web? Just that you are not accessing the web through a PC? Is the delivery form factor of such importance? I don't think so. I feel in the next 3-4 years the first three Webs will be merged or indistinguishable from each other.

Why is voice communication with devices called the Weird Web? I agree there is lot more here coming. B2B, I understand, with Grid/Webservices and the semantic making things so easy for enterprise developments. D2D I can't still imagine. Let the smart dust create a storm.

What about devices talking among themselves (like the Jini fav of refridgerator-ring-net combination)? Is that part of D2D? And finally what about Sentient beings generated from the net?


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