In the next ten years, artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, VR/AR, 5G, and the digital economy will allow us to enter a new era of Internet development. Web3 is the era when machines understand the text meaning; users can watch a Netflix series and play the lead part there; the distributed systems will take the governance on the Internet to replace the corporations. Those companies that are the first to accept the changes will be able to create their WEB3 solutions that will become the new Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, or another phenomenon.
This article will tell you what Web 3.0 is. Also, we will share a piece of advice on how to find a development company for WEB3 solutions.
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What is Web3/Web 3.0?
Web 1.0 — the reading era.
The history of Internet evolution from Web 1.0 to Web 3.0. Source
The Web 1.0 notion was introduced after this period ended. In 2003, Dale Dougherty, the cofounder of O’Reilly Media, came up with this term to characterize the development of the global network from its launch in 1989 to early 2000. At that time, the users’ role was reading. The websites were ugly, hard-to-use, static HTML pages offering minimum media content and interactivity.
Web 1.0: on the left— Modcomp website, Captain Marvel (2019) film website on the right. It is stylized according to Web 1.0.
Darcy DiNucci, a user experience expert and a web designer, used the Web 2.0 term in 1999 to outline a future network where multiple devices will be constantly connected to the internet and use HTML and hyperlinks for various purposes. Instead, this concept fits the Internet of Things (IoT), while Web 2.0 has an entirely different meaning.
Web 2.0 — the era of reading and records.
In the mid-2000, the approaches to website development altered. The developers began to use the concept of dynamic content when the users added text, images, and video to the websites themselves. Also, the users chat right on the platform. This allowed the creation of online blogs, social networks, video hosts, and wiki projects. Graphics, video, and music became the traffic drainers. The text at this stage was the background thing.
Web 3.0 — the era of reading, records, and participation.
Expectedly, after 2025, mass integration of P2P decentralized networks
, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are Web 3.0 technologies. These technologies will employ open-source code software. Furthermore, the users will have a chance to change the software via public voting.
The technologies mentioned above will allow the creation of Web3 solutions that can:
- Connect the users directly with online or offline services without intermediaries or centralized structures and companies;
- Allow the users to participate and vote instead of being outsourced to significant corporations and automatic algorithms;
- Revive the simplicity and purity of the early Internet.
Let us consider how true that is.
How do common users understand Web3?
Ordinary users who are not professional and well-informed concerning the Web 3.0 see the technology as a utopia Internet where everything is user-centric. The Internet will be decentralized; hence the community will manage it. There won’t be any corporations collecting and processing users’ data without permission to earn money. The user will only voice the thought, and the internet will do it for them.
The probability that everything will turn out this way tends to be zero percent.
How do professionals see the Web3?
Feature #1: semantic network
The specialists know the evolution of the Internet differently. They suppose that the prime difference between Web 3.0 and Web 2.0 is semantics: artificial intelligence allows the algorithms to understand the content and context on the Internet. This will make the result of users’ inquiries more relevant, there won’t be any chaotic repeating information to attract more traffic, and the basic approach will change. The users will interact with the global network and the gadgets entirely differently.
Here is a straightforward example of Web3 functioning. If you ask Google something like ‘buy a toothpaste’, modern search engines cannot understand what you want; hence they cannot offer you what you need. As a result, searching for toothpaste often ends with the engine offering you paid advertisements, and you just have to pick the one you like the most.
Web3 will make things function differently. You will send an inquiry, and the system will analyze your history of searches, current queries, and the data on the internet. Next, it will compare it to find a relevant answer to your questions. If you look for toothpaste, the algorithms will check your medical card to find out the state of your teeth; scientific data to understand which toothpaste helps to cure caries; clients’ feedback to verify the quality, and the shop listings to offer the appropriate price range in your local shops.
It sounds pretty complicated, yet using it will be straightforward. You will voice it to your digital assistant, and it will find and buy toothpaste for you when you run out of one. You will not need to search or pick anything on your own, and the assistant will do it and deliver it to your bathroom.
You might have noticed that the algorithm does not include advertisements if you are attentive. Web 3.0 intends to cancel all nasty ads on the Internet. Thus, it will restore the purity of the early Internet, when there were no ads online. Also, it will prevent cloning data from websites that want to attract clients.
Feature #2: metaverses and metaspaces
The next big thing is transferring from text to graphical and spatial interfaces. Instead of standard 2D websites, the users will use 3D spaces like video games. For example, imagine visiting an online shop to buy something, surf the catalog, and buy what you like. However, in Web3, you will use your VR device to visit a virtual 3D shop and accept things as you do in the real world (more precisely, like in GTA or Call of Duty).
Walmart has illustrated this example perfectly:
Feature #3: new interaction concept
The professional expects that Web 3.0 is about using the internet for interaction with the real world. For instance, it is pretty standard for a surgeon to sit in a New York chair and operate on a patient in India. The Web3 technology will make remote management in most industries an everyday thing. It allows you to send a drone for a walk with your pet or even control a space shuttle. This approach to interaction is called spatial management.
Feature #4: decentralization and security
Common users suppose that decentralization and distributed networks are necessary to protect their data and take over the power from corporations and allow users to decide. However, this is only partially true. The main goal of decentralization in Web3 is to protect critical infrastructure and IoT devices from unauthorized access by hackers and the country's enemies.
Feature #5: quantum computing
A quantum computer in Web3 will manage all complex computing. In recent years, there has been significant progress in this industry. In 2020 two companies announced that they had succeeded in the industry. This allowed the analysts to assume that we now move from silicon schemes to quantum qubits. Potentially, it will boost the computing speed millions or even billions of times.
WEB2 vs WEB3 comparison
The examples of WEB3 solutions
WEB3 solutions can replace current popular projects. Source
When you look for a product on Amazon or a song on Spotify, artificial intelligence is helping you. These platforms are one of the first that integrate deep neural networks to optimize search inquiries and enhance recommendations. The AI studies former queries, the behavior, and the feedback and provides the most relevant suggestions.
Google and Microsoft employed AI to enhance machine translation; hence its quality significantly increased in the last five years. Now other IT companies struggle to teach AI to understand the content and the context, the features of various languages to make auto-translation just as good as human ones. You might have experienced it while communicating with Google Assistant, Siri by Apple, or Cortana by Microsoft.
The examples mentioned above illustrate the development of the semantic network, the prime Web3 feature. Also, it is worth noting that currently, metaverses (Meta, Sony, Epic Games, Microsoft, Nvidia, Tencent, Snap), browsers (Brave, Crypto Browsers), messengers (WeChat, Status, Experty.io), social networks (Steemit, Akasha), OS (Essentia.one and EOS) — are the Web3 solutions on their active development stage.
We can also highlight the following promising Web 3.0 technologies:
- Blockchain. It offers decentralized digital assets, networks, storage, personal identity, content certification, content publishing platforms, etc.
- Internet of Things. IoT devices currently help trace the supply chains, deliver products to people’s homes, drive crewless vehicles, or even control a fridge at your home.
- Virtual reality. Oculus Rift made these technologies accessible to all people, thus boosting Web3 technologies development. Companies like Sony or Apple are developing their relatively cheap VR helmets now.
What are the requirements for hiring a WEB3 developer?
Here's a simple procedure that will help you find a WEB3-solution company:
Make a long list
At this stage, you need to compile a list of companies that meet your requirements and which you will address for the first conversation about the development of your WEB3-solution
. You can search for candidates on LinkedIn, Clutch, Goodfirms, Upwork, and Toptal. If the project is blockchain-related, you can also search on Coinality, Blocktribe, Cryptojobslist, Crypto.jobs, Beincrypto and BountyOne. You can also ask colleagues and acquaintances for recommendations.
Get to know the applicants
Next, you need to narrow down the long list to a shortlist. Contact the companies on the long list by phone or email and ask for advice. Usually, during the first conversation, the developer asks the client to tell them what software they need, who will use it, and how it should benefit the business. The developers then explain how they can close that need, and you can weed out the companies that don't fit your terms. You wait for commercial proposals; frequently, it takes 2-3 days to compile them.
Study commercial proposals
Now, you need to ask the companies to present their commercial proposal during a face-to-face meeting or online conference. Ask them how they can solve your business problem, how long it will take, and what budget (approximate) they need to do it.
Choose a developer
After carefully studying all the commercial proposals, you choose the best candidate and talk to him about all the conditions. You sign a cooperation agreement and perhaps an NDA if you are satisfied. Hire a WEB3-developer, and they will begin to create the application you require
Why should you select Merehead?
Since 2015 our company has offered extensive technical support to developing software solutions in blockchain
, DeFi, AI/ML, VR/AR, and other WEB3-related areas. With us, you can achieve the best results when launching WEB3 solutions in finance
, video games, marketing, communication, etc. We deliver the work on time and at a reasonable price. These are the advantages we can offer:
About five years of average team experience
Our developers have extensive experience creating WEB3-solutions in different industries, from blockchain to insurance. At the same time, all of them are constantly developing their skills to stay at the cutting edge of progress.
Honesty and transparency
Our company stands for maximum transparency in our communications with customers. We strictly enforce non-disclosure agreements to keep our customers' ideas as safe as possible from competitors.
Straightforward project management
We use a flexible model of interaction and communication, which allows customers to monitor the progress of development in real-time and quickly make the necessary changes and additions.
Security and reliability
Our software products have a high degree of reliability and protection against all kinds of malicious actions; we fight everything, starting with fraud and phishing to data leakage and DDoS attacks.
When developing, we always focus on the business goals of our customers and the needs of the end-users of the future product.