Looking ahead: The creator of the World Wide Web has denied Web3 as the future of the Internet’s most successful and popular application. He offers Solid, a new decentralized non-blockchain effort, as a potential solution to the problems currently facing the web.
Tim Berners-Lee is best known as the creator of the World Wide Web, and he always strives to improve his creation beyond its current state. The future of the Internet imagined by the British computer scientist does not look like what marketers and startups are trying to sell under the name of the decentralized utopia “Web3”.
Also known as Web 3.0, Web3 describes a hypothetical future version of the World Wide Web that includes elements such as decentralization, blockchain, and token-based digital transactions, with the goal of creating a more democratic web platform. where big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft don’t hold all data and content hostage.
According to Tim Berners-Lee, however, Web3 is not the Web at all: Speaking at the recent Web Summit conference in Lisbon, the computer scientist and head of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) said it was important to clarify the meaning of words. to discuss the impact of new technologies. “You have to understand what the terms we’re discussing really mean, beyond the fancy words,” Berners-Lee said.
“Blockchain protocols are too slow, too expensive and too public,” says Berners-Lee
“It’s a shame that the real name Web3 was taken by Ethereum people for what they do with blockchain,” said the technologist, because according to him blockchain is not the solution to problems. The modern web is now facing. .
The distributed ledger technology used to verify transactions in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is a solution that is constantly looking for a problem to solve, and according to Berners-Lee, it will continue to be irrelevant to the future of the Internet as well as the future of today’s world.
Blockchain protocols are too slow, too expensive and too public, Berners-Lee said, while personal data stores need to be fast, cheap and private. Web3 won’t democratize access to data and knowledge over the Internet, but there is an alternative “Web 3.0” design that he’s currently working on with his startup Inrupt. Its name is Solid and it completely avoids using blockchain-derived technology.
Solid is a web decentralization project that aims to fundamentally change the way web applications work today, guided by a privacy-by-design principle and putting data ownership in the hands of users away from centralized data centers. gave me.
Solid uses some “tricks” to implement a kind of decentralized network that goes beyond current models like BitTorrent, using a global “single sign-on” feature that allows anyone to connect from anywhere. where, or login credentials that allow users to share data with others. Additionally, a “common universal API” will allow applications to pull data from any source across the Solid platform.