The Guy Who Invented the World Wide Web Thinks We Should ‘Ignore’ Web3
“Web3 is not the Web at all.”
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The man who literally invented the form of the internet we all use thinks his future lies in decentralization. This man is Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist who ‘s widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989.
However, Berners-Lee thinks we should “ignore” proposals to achieve a loosely defined form of decentralized internet widely known as “Web3”.
The concept of Web3 has been heavily boosted by crypto peddlers who see it almost as a kind of utopia where the internet is driven by blockchain protocols, cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Much of the appeal stems from its goal of separating the internet from the jurisdiction of monopolistic corporations like Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
But Berners-Lee is not convinced. In fact, he thinks most people don’t even know what Web3 means.
“You have to understand what the terms we’re discussing really mean, beyond the buzzwords,” he said at the Web Summit in Lisbon, as quoted by CNBC. “It’s such a shame that the real name Web3 was taken by the Ethereum folks for what they do with blockchain. In fact, Web3 isn’t the web at all.”
According to Berners-Lee, Web3’s main problem is the blockchain protocols that would power it. Instead, it’s working on a decentralized web that doesn’t use blockchain at all, called “Solid.”
“Blockchain protocols may be good for some things, but they’re not good for Solid,” Berners-Lee said at the summit. “They’re too slow, too expensive, and too public. Personal data stores need to be fast, cheap, and private.”
As for Web3 as a whole? Pay no attention to it.
“Ignore the random Web3, Web3 stuff that was built on the blockchain,” Berners-Lee continued. “We don’t use this for Solid.”
Web3 has its fair share of dedicated supporters, but not even tech CEOs like Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey can fully participate.
Musk observed in a Tweeter that Web3 “seems more of a marketing buzzword than a reality right now”. Jack Dorsey was also of the opinion on his Twitter that Web3 is “ultimately a centralized entity with a different label”.
So if even the inventor of the World Wide Web who wants a decentralized internet can’t support Web3 either, the concept is starting to sound more and more doomed.