The Semantic Web is an expression that began with a technical meaning.
Most people define the Semantic Web as a web that is able to describe things in a way that computers can understand. Other people refer to it simply as the definition of a… web of data. In any kind of explanation though, The Semantic Web is part of Web 3.0 and Web 4.0, because it will be able to analyze all the data on the web: links, content, transactions between people, computers, mobile devices. This dream not yet come true (of all people who understand that our ability to create content will eventually make us sink in it) means, basically, that we will need to find a way to make our computers work seamlessly with huge amounts of information, and then sort & understand it in such a way that it will become available to us at the blink of an eye.
Instead of us searching for words and expressions on Google and then trying to make sense of the resulting hundreds of pages, in the Web 3.0 and 4.0 Semantic Web age, the online software shell surrounding us in all mobile devices will be able to find out instantly what we desire and then feed that information or data to us. Basically, it looks like in the next web, people will become some kind of end user, because all the processes of searching, accessing and transforming data into knowledge will be done by machines…
And it seems the best thing you can do is delay the moment when it will consume you.
Basically, if you’re to believe what scientists say, we’re living a time when it’s both good and bad to be an “early adopter” concerning new technologies & internet. It’s good because you can fit in more easily, find a job or manage to hold one, but it’s bad because internet & new technologies addictions can take you out of your real life, one inch at a time.
I remember reading a while back a study in The New York Times about kids nowadays. They have trouble reading a book from cover to cover because their brains are now used to sipping essential information from 10 internet windows at a time in 30 seconds, after which they get bored and move on to the next activity. Basically, the attention span of kids used to internet browsing is so small, they find it boring to follow & read the same trail of thought in a book for several minutes, so they just give up and move on.