Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly recently gave a very thoughtful presentation on the future of the Web at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. Mr. Kelly envisions a world where the semantic Web reins supreme and usage revolves around three areas:

  1. The Cloud
  2. Databases
  3. Sharing

The semantic Web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the Web is defined, making it possible for the Web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the Web content.

Humans are capable of using the Web to carry out tasks such as finding the Finnish word for “monkey”, reserving a library book, and searching for a low price on a DVD. However, a computer cannot accomplish the same tasks without human direction because web pages are designed to be read by people, not machines.

The semantic Web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so that they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, sharing and combining information on the Web.

If you’ve got a little over 15 minutes, I’d have a look/see for yourself. I’m quite certain you’ll learn something.