Latest Technology News: What would the Internet of People look like now? – The edge
Enter, loser, return to Web 1.0. We have the possibility to come out from under the algorithms. So maybe it’s time to think about what a people network looks like today.
I’ve been thinking about this for some time now, the decadence of Google search and with it the ability to find archival material; the destruction of Twitter by the coward Elon Musk; the AI rush polluting the open web; unnecessary login prompts. The era of Web 2.0 is coming to an end.
One of the main hallmarks of Web 2.0, in retrospect, hasn’t been mobile adoption, although that certainly is part of it. Rather, it was the brokerage of most interactions by algorithm. Before social media, going viral was much harder; real people were to forward your site or video, usually via email or chat. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and later TikTok made it easy to suddenly become famous, so much so that people started filming strangers in public for weight. In the beginning, algorithms made things findable! That was Google’s original goal.
Suddenly being online was more accessible than it had ever been
There were, in the beginning, many advantages to Web 2.0. It made much of the internet more usable for the average person and phones helped with that too. Sites like Facebook (and MySpace and Friendster and Diaryland and LiveJournal) took off because it meant you no longer needed rudimentary coding skills to create your own website. Suddenly, being online was more accessible than it had ever been.
At first it was fun! Since most of these sites were more concerned with scaling than monetization, there were few ads. And that made it feel better than the regular web, where pop-ups and pop-unders were a plague, and banner ads were everywhere. But then, of course, things started to change.
As social media suffers convulsions, I want to address my sick colleagues at Too Online. The web looks like a hellish landscape from Blade Runner, but we already know how to build our communities because we’ve been doing it for a long time. We also know how to moderate our communities because we don’t do it on a large scale and because we’ve seen shit in every online community we’ve joined. More people than ever are online and have the kind of rudimentary skills they didn’t have at the start of Web 2.0. Maybe it’s time We escalation.
Google rot? Bring back the webring. Broadcasting around the world sucks? Shit, group chat. Facebook? Baby doll, it’s easier than ever to build your own website, and you don’t even have to know the basics to pull someone else’s code.
There’s definitely a change happening, and it’s not yet clear how it’s going to pan out.
One of the great things the platforms offered was an audience. It’s definitely an advantage if you’re trying to start a business as a content creator. The problem, as all creators know by now, is how beholden they are to the algorithm. Take the YouTubers, who over the years had to adapt their content to the whims of Google, or the Instagrammers, who had to dance to whatever new tune Mark Zuckerberg was playing. The problem with building your business on a platform you don’t own is that the foundation is never stable; you have to be able to constantly move with the new currents of whatever is going on there. And what’s good for Google or Facebook isn’t necessarily good for you.
There’s definitely a shift happening, and it’s not yet clear how it’s going to unfold. The retreat to group chats (Discord, iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp) feels like a return to old-school messaging and chat rooms (RIP Firefly). Mastodon and Bluesky are a pretty niche, Threads is probably DOA, and it looks like Reddit is pushing its own exodus.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned watching Silicon Valley, it’s that you don’t have to be smart to be a programmer; anyone can learn to code. There are plenty of free online resources now, and if you don’t use social media that much anymore, I bet you have plenty of new free time.
In old cyberpunk novels, the outside world itself rots as online becomes an endless spectacle you can disappear into. But if you look around, the world itself is still quite dynamic, while the web seems to resemble all of the blade runner. Outside of our little bastions of humans, its tumbleweeds and garbage. Forget VR headsets. If you want to make the internet good again, it’s time to go rogue, and many of us already know how. (There are, of course, people who would suggest we move to Web3, which is crypto. I don’t really think that’s a solution, especially because of usability issues and general regulatory upheaval. I’m not blaming people for their hobbies, but I don’t think crypto solves that problem.)
What will the web look like if we decide to erase everything we’ve done since the dot-com crash? What kinds of communities can we create with people who have since logged on? It is certainly possible, even delightful, to teach them the old ways. But more and more, I think I don’t want an in-between experience; I’m not interested in your algorithm. I liked online because there is people there.
Businesses have taken over the web, but that doesn’t mean they can keep it. Of course, there will always be the occasional who will never look any further, but for the real internet buffs, well, you can do whatever you want. Maybe now is the time to do it. Many of you have already done this, I know because you keep emailing me. Now is the time to teach the children of the algorithm the ancient magic because you were there when it was written.
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An Overview of Global Events in 2023
In 2023, the world witnessed a myriad of events that left a lasting impact on global affairs. From political developments and economic shifts to environmental challenges and breakthroughs in science and technology, the year was marked by significant changes and a sense of urgency for collective action. Here’s an overview of some of the latest world news in 2023.
Political Unrest and Diplomatic Strides:
In the political arena, several regions experienced unrest and geopolitical tensions. The ongoing conflict in the Middle East continued to dominate headlines, with efforts towards peace and stability remaining elusive. However, there were also moments of diplomatic breakthroughs as nations engaged in dialogues to ease tensions and work towards lasting solutions.
The global economy faced both challenges and opportunities. Trade disputes between major powers affected markets, while some countries grappled with debt crises. On the other hand, emerging economies showed resilience and promising growth, fueling optimism for a more balanced global economic landscape.
Innovation surged forward in the tech industry, with breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and space exploration. Quantum computing achieved milestones, promising radical transformations across industries. Renewable energy sources gained traction, with many countries setting ambitious goals to combat climate change.
Climate Crisis and Environmental Resilience:
As the climate crisis intensified, extreme weather events wreaked havoc in various parts of the world. Wildfires, hurricanes, and floods reminded humanity of the urgent need for climate action. In response, governments and communities across the globe doubled down on efforts to reduce carbon emissions, invest in sustainable infrastructure, and protect biodiversity.
Health and Pandemic Management:
Health remained a global priority as countries continued to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. With the emergence of new variants, vaccination efforts and public health measures remained crucial to curbing the spread of the virus. There were also significant advancements in medical research and technology, offering hope for better preparedness in handling future health crises.
Sports and Cultural Milestones:
Amidst the challenges, the world found moments of joy and unity through sports and culture. International sporting events brought together athletes from diverse backgrounds, promoting solidarity and camaraderie. Cultural exchanges and celebrations showcased the richness of human diversity and fostered mutual understanding.
In conclusion, the year 2023 was a dynamic period filled with significant events that shaped the course of history. From political unrest to technological advancements and environmental challenges, the world witnessed the complexities of the global landscape. While obstacles remained, there were also encouraging developments and collaborative efforts towards a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for all nations. As we move forward, the lessons learned from these events serve as a reminder of the importance of collective action and cooperation to address shared global challenges.