Less than a generation passes from Web 1 to Web 3, but if we’ve had fun retracing the first two series, it’s still not clear what to expect from series 3. Those who give spoilers throw in everything: metaverse, artificial intelligence, gaming, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, a couple of onions, and just enough salt.
I know, you did the same as me: you peeked on Google, followed a couple of tutorials on YouTube, and asked your cousin who knows everything for information. But then, were you able to explain what Web 3.0 is to your grandma? In one sentence? Without her responding, “Okay, dear, but come and eat the pancakes; they’re ready”?
I couldn’t, and if you couldn’t either, then we’re still far from having an idea of what it is, despite Wikipedia.
There are many gurus on the web telling us about Web3, and navigating to figure out whom to trust for insights is really difficult. Anyway, from what little I’ve understood about Web 3.0, one thing I’m convinced of is to avoid at least 5 categories of gurus found online.
Even before delving into an earthly understanding of the subject, i.e., the new web, it’s better to frame the sources of information.
Here are the 5 categories of gurus I’ve identified. Obviously, if there are others, feel free to let me know. This is a support group, not a web course.
A late Italian writer, in one of his famous movies, said, ‘Doubt is good! When you meet a person who has doubts, rest assured, it means they are a good person, democratic, tolerant. When you meet those who have certainties, unshakeable faith, then be careful, you should be afraid.’
So, if decentralization seems to be the possibility of having full control over information and content by users, without the intermediation of third parties, then the important question is: are we really ready to disintermediate?