Last week, I visited The Interval, the Long Now Foundation’s cafe/museum/HQ along the northern shores of San Francisco, for the first time. I had a wonderful four-hour conversation where I explained my personal theory of change from scratch, of which Web 10 is a significant component. The conversation reminded me that while I’ve invested a lot in detailed documentation for Web 10 (my shortened vision article takes 15+ minutes to read!), I don’t have an elevator pitch yet, or a short writeup that explains it. This article is my first attempt at that. Let me know what you think!
As a social entrepreneur, my initial motivation for creating Web 10 was to greatly improve humanity’s ability to solve problems, thus allowing us to effectively address global challenges and bring about a brighter future. Douglas Engelbart, one of the early pioneers of computing and the internet, describes his related concept of “ Collective IQ” as leveraging technology to improve “collective perception, memory, insight, vision, planning, reasoning, foresight, and experience” in order to more effectively pursue any type of goal, in particular valuable goals like “seeking a cure for cancer” and “improving conditions in underserved communities.” Sadly, Engelbart’s vision was never achieved, and the internet (whether Web 2.0, web3, or other variants) remains far from that ideal.
Data is information without context and meaning. Every document you have, or page on the internet. Every file on your computer. Every book. Every image. Every data point: temperature, location, time.