From LSD to Web3: 3 visions of the future of the Internet

Techies and entrepreneurs are working on the future of the Internet, but consumers are groping in the dark. What does the future hold? Several experts speaking at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam on June 16-17 will share their hopes for the future of the Internet.

Web3 is based on LSD

“The Internet and Silicon Valley have sprung from psychedelic minds,” said futurist Emmy nominee Jason Silva. “And Google was the first psychedelic superpower. Web3 is a deepening of the original Internet: a way to free our minds through technology”.

Along the lines of ‘From Counterculture to Cyberculture’ by Fred Turner, Silva sees a link between the mentality of the hippies of the 60s and the hackers of the 90s. Both focused on freedom of expression and information and on breaking patterns of thought established. “You can draw a direct line from Timothy Leary to Douglas Roshkuff and cyberculture.”

Silva sees Web3 as a way to fuel this movement, but also as an inevitable development. “Once the technology is developed, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. We are the sexual organs of technology. All we can do is find a way to use technology for good.”

Web3 changes ownership

“With Web3, I will finally be able to own my channel and my videos, instead of hosting them on someone else’s platform,” says Jordi van den Bussche, better known as Kwebbelkop to his 15 million followers. Van den Bussche is especially excited about what Web3 means for his content ownership. He is famous for his YouTube channel, but despite this, he does not actually own the game streams or the content he posts there.

“We are at the beginning of something beautiful,” he says. “Everything is moving to Web3 and I can’t wait to see the whole world turn to Web3: business, gaming, and yes, social media platforms too!”

Web3 is built on trust

“Blockchain will lead to a form of globalization that is more humane than ever.” Fabian Vogelsteller, founder of LUKSO, creator of the official Ethereum wallet and the first decentralized Web3 browser, is positive about the future of underlying Web3 technologies. “It is an open system, without permissions and global. It does not serve a small group of shareholders, but is driven by the decisions of thousands of people.”

It refers to the decentralized way in which Web3 verifies information. “Web3 networks with tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of nodes are hard to fool. It is quite difficult to convince a hundred thousand people to behave maliciously.” Therefore, Web3 means a huge increase in trust.

Vogelsteller sees a new era of software-driven consensus based on this growth in trust. “The next stage of human evolution is going to be technology-driven and all of this technology is going to be software-driven. In addition, this software works on a global scale and independently of groups, companies or national interests. It is a purely consensus-driven technology for the first time. You can’t get more democratic than that. Furthermore, this new layer of trust offers infinite possibilities to build systems and protocols on top of it.”

About the next web

The world is changing at the speed of technology. And The Next Web has its finger on the pulse. This global digital brand informs, inspires and brings together people who are passionate about technology through media, events and services. Its annual event has been on the agendas of startups, scale-ups, investors, companies and governments for more than 10 years and annually attracts 10,000 visitors from all over the world to Amsterdam. It’s where “serious business” and “serious fun” work together in “What’s Next in Tech.” The Next Web is a subsidiary of the Financial Times.

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