In the last 12 months, I have posted on several futuristic views on the Internet. Web 3.0 posts concerning the Croquet Project or Social Software 4.0 or Second Life as a next generation field for Avatars and the Blogosphere are in my view still relevant and inspiring. I believe one of the leading figures in this Web 3.0 field is Vernor Vinge and his upcoming book in 2006 is called Rainbows End. This book is recommended and deals with the Internet in the year 2025.
Considering the below quote from Vinge, I wonder whether there will be implicit and/or proactive recommendation engines for people instead of content in the near future of the Internet. Let's say we have software monitoring your activities and proactively connecting you with relevant and complementary people in your social software network, albeit Second Life or Croquet. That would add real value in my view and spur creativity and open source even further in the future.
"Much of the planetary sensing that is part of the scientific enterprise will be implicit in this new digital Gaia. The Internet will have leaked out, to become coincident with Earth. How can we prepare for such a future? Perhaps that is the most important research project for our creativity machine. We need to exploit the growing sensor/effector layer to make the world itself a real-time database. In the social, human layers of the Internet, we need to devise and experiment with large-scale architectures for collaboration. We need linguists and artificial-intelligence researchers to extend the capabilities of search engines and social networks to produce services that can bridge barriers created by technical jargon and forge links between unrelated specialties, bringing research groups with complementary problems and solutions together — even when those groups have not noticed the possibility of collaboration. In the end, computers plus networks plus people add up to something significantly greater than the parts."