5 Technologies That Will Shape the Web

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    • 5 Technologies That Will Shape the Web

      5 Technologies That Will Shape the Web

      Innovations that will make the web smarter and sleeker and irresistibly more social, too


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      This is part of IEEE Spectrum's special report on the battle for the future of the social Web.
      It was 1997—eons ago, in Internet years—and the Web was only beginning to take off. People used dial-up modems to get online, and Netscape Navigator was the browser of choice. Google was still a research project of two Stanford students, and Facebook…well, Mark Zuckerberg was a 13-year-old having his Star Wars–themed bar mitzvah.
      Flash forward to 2011. The Web has since reinvented itself time and again: when businesses embraced it in the late 1990s, whenGoogle dominated search in the early 2000s, when user-generated content became prominent in the mid-2000s. Today the Web is going through another reinvention, morphing into a place where our social interactions are ever more important. And the main force behind this phenomenon is, of course, Facebook, led by Zuckerberg, now a 27-year-old billionaire.

      So where will the Web go next? We asked two dozen analysts, engineers, and executives to describe what technologies they think will shape our online experiences in the next several years. Their predictions could easily fill this entire issue, but we distilled their wisdom into a more palatable list of five key technologies that our sources mentioned most frequently.
      We also asked six of the experts to tell us what these technologies mean for today's dueling titans, Google and Facebook. What challenges do they face? Who's got an advantage? You'll find their comments sprinkled throughout these pages.

      Lists like this are nothing if not contentious. Some critics will say we overlooked more crucial trends. Others will claim our technologies are already history. So we want to know what you think. Join the discussion in the comment section below.
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