Hippies, Prophets and Creators in a Web 3.0 World

The rent of office buildings in Singapore has skyrocketed, and the former big manufacturers in Hangzhou have quietly changed their identities. People with different experiences and starting points finally meet here because of Web 3.0.

Author | Lei Zhou

In “Harry Potter”, there is a well-known “mirror of Erised”, which can see the deepest desires in people’s hearts.

Web 3.0 seems to be such a mirror.

The young man saw a crack in the cramped and involute world, leading to a world where the rules of the game were redefined by himself. A golden mountain they had never seen floated in the air. They ran towards the golden mountain, but stopped slowly halfway.

Investors saw a massive migration, and the golden age of Web 2.0 seemed ready to be staged again at any time. They are more aware of the flow of money and talent than most people, and they are more acutely aware of life and death on the road of migration.

Technologists see the microcosm of their careers, like a revolving beacon, and look over decades of research.The “old” technology has not been wasted or perished, but it has its own vitality, and it has continued to iteratively evolve to this day.

Believers see the light in the gaps of the dark clouds, and opponents see the crumbling altar, and when you stand in front of this magic mirror, what do you see?

Young people who quit their jobs for Web 3.0

It’s hard to deny that young people need Web 3.0.

“Today’s social wealth resources have been largely mastered by baby boomers (baby boomers, referring to those born between 1946 and 1964), post-60s and post-70s. Young people can invest in traditional investment projects such as real estate and finance. The space for action is extremely limited. The physical resources have been divided up, and we have to create virtual scarce resources out of thin air.” Liang Qihong, founder of Fantai Geek, told Leifeng.com that because of this, the younger generation in Europe and the United States would rather invest their savings in Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, etc. “things that the older generation can’t understand or understand”.

An investor also pointed out to Leifeng.com that the effect of NFT breaking the circle is quite large. Many post-00s in Europe and the United States will definitely consider NFT when they are doing asset allocation; if the liquidity problem can be solved smoothly, NFT will be in the next 3-5 years. The penetration rate will only be greater.

Perhaps we can also rise to the level of zeitgeist. The current Web 3.0 has been labeled as a “social movement” for young people around the world. Those NFTs, from price to content, are considered absurd and bizarre. Perhaps when people look back decades later, they have become the 1920s. one of the cultural symbols.

Liang Qihong believes, “This is a new generation of rebellion against the predecessors in Silicon Valley, just as the predecessors subverted traditional IT.”

In the past two decades or even longer, a group of Internet companies have risen in Silicon Valley and China, and have grown into the current centralized giants. The group of people who have grown up with him are already successful seniors. Today’s young people are actively fighting for their own right to speak through the new narrative of Web 3.0.

“Don’t play the game you set the rules, but redefine it and become the new rule-makers and players. You can say these young people are speculating, but from another perspective, why don’t they want to be in this In the era of low-growth involution, find another way?”

Writing your own new story is of course very attractive, but this process is often full of ghosts and ghosts.

“I don’t believe in Web 3.0, I just want to see if there is an opportunity to make a fortune.” Jiang Nan was reluctant to disclose his job status and work experience to us, but he made no secret of his identity as a speculator.

After soaking in the circle for half a year, Jiang Nan said that he has figured out the “routines” of a large number of NFTs on the market:

“The boring ape made a lot of money, and even made a lot of money with a bunch of imitation disks. The production threshold is very low, just one copy. There are a lot of ready-made codes, that is to replace each module infinitely, and start when there are more materials. Play permutations and combinations. The point is whether there are big bosses willing to endorse, engage in relationships, and help you sell on the chain.”

He has even thought about the localized version of this “playing method”, how to package it as a digital collection to avoid regulatory risks, how to sign contracts in the name of design and marketing, how to share and pay… “Cut leeks, where is not cutting? .”

Jiangnan often preached Web 3.0 to his friends. Zhang Ting was one of the friends who was preached, but as a secondary market analyst, he was very disgusted with the current Web 3.0 trend.

“This is called wealth on paper, digital refugees. Dressed in the guise of Web 3.0, everything can be NFT, and the game is still playing the bloody game of drumming and spreading flowers and funds hunting retail investors. It’s just a casino, what real value has it created?”

In his view, the so-called decentralization means sacrificing efficiency for freedom, which is quite unrealistic; the vision of “anti-platform monopoly” that Web 3.0 has been responding to is even more hopeless: “If you want to put capital on the gallows to behead capital, it’s good. Yes, but you can’t expect capitalists to be willing to pay for the gallows.”

Many Web 3.0 opponents hold similar views, often giving negative reviews for viability and regulatory risk.However, they will still express affirmation of possible technological innovations, and they are also very worried that the speculation of speculators will destroy the budding technology.

And some speculators are trying to shift their identities.

Hao Ran is a computer major and has been interested in blockchain and cryptocurrencies during his college days. After graduating the year before and working for a year, he decided to leave a large banking technology subsidiary, focusing more than ever on Web 3.0 and cryptocurrencies. “It’s called all in.”

“In the early days, I focused on investment and speculation, and I made more than one million yuan last year.” He told Leifeng.com that this is nothing – in the world of Web 3.0, there has never been a shortage of wealth-making myths. Stories of earning millions of dollars in income before graduating from college and then exiting the scene gracefully are everywhere in their circles.

But now Hao Ran plans to find a job in a few months. The millions of wealth once accumulated in Web 3.0 has now regressed significantly. Although some have already settled in, but the impact of the bear market exceeded expectations, and he began to worry that he would be sitting on the mountain.

At the same time, he decided to focus less on the crypto market and focus more on the technical layer, understanding Web 3.0 from the perspective of a builder rather than a speculator. In his favorites, there have been many articles on the technical route of Ethereum expansion recently.

Although he has no idea yet, the former software developer hopes to “make a Web 3.0 product himself” one day.

When asked if he believed in Web 3.0, he typed “of course” and added a slightly self-deprecating dog-head emoji. However, he also repeatedly emphasized that the bear market is really coming, and the money is not as easy to make as before.

This is not the first time a bear market has occurred. In 2013, 2015, and 2018, the market was declared dead, just before it was called Web 3.0.

This is indeed the first bear market after the institution’s high-profile heavy-holding Web 3.0. The bad news in the market continued: Bitcoin plummeted all the way, the well-known project StepN unexpectedly exited, Luna and Terra collapsed, and even Three Arrows Capital, an investment institution that once managed tens of billions of dollars, also reported that its capital was insolvent. Just click on a discussion forum, and everyone is guessing: “Who will be the next to encounter a death spiral?”

However, not everyone is pessimistic. In the eyes of some Web 3.0 players, the market is bound to bottom out, and the recovery will only come more violently. Taking a longer view, this decline may be just a curve that is not worth mentioning. The arrival of the bear market can just tell who is really prepared.

“In a bear market, funds will find a better owner.” Ana quoted a KOL as saying to Leifeng.com that she was not worried that the market would be brought down.

Anna resigned naked at the beginning of this year, and many KOLs she followed were chatting about Web 3.0 at that time, which also made her concentrate all her energy on Web 3.0 after her resignation. Anna, who is “unemployed”, keeps her schedule in good order. Every day she spends a lot of time learning various new knowledge about Web 3.0, especially “gnawing” a lot of technical content. whirring.”

In addition to learning, participating in the construction and governance of DAO is also the focus of her current work. She spends an hour or two a day or more, focusing on the management process of affairs within the DAO with members.

However, under the well-organized schedule, confusion and anxiety are increasing day by day.

Anna’s plan and attitude are obviously more professional: she hopes to join a well-established Web 3.0 company and join a more mature project.

And, it is best not to talk about speculating on coins and NFTs.

After resigning, she has been looking for job opportunities in the field of Web 3.0, and has also approached some overseas projects. She was not able to get a more formal related position in China, which was actually what she expected, but once, a person who claimed to be a Web 3.0 headhunter contacted her and asked her if she had invested in NFTs. Anna said that she has no experience in this area and has no plans to buy NFTs in the future.

The headhunter replied slightly sarcastically: Can it be called Web 3.0 without buying NFT? Let’s gain more experience.

“Why is it not doing Web 3.0 if you don’t fry NFTs?” Anna bluntly said that it was the most frustrating conversation she had ever had since she came into contact with Web 3.0.

Like Anna, some of the participants were attracted to a future that places more emphasis on content creator status, equality and anti-platform monopoly, but after stepping through the door, they found that most of the topics talked about were still cryptocurrencies, NFT, talking about how to get money in DeFi and GameFi, the daily arrangement is to receive airdrops and wait for cash out. The fancy token names have been swiped many times in the WeChat group.

“What’s the difference between this and before? Everyone knows to talk about X to earn, but everyone is earning and expressing their opinions. Who will make the product?”

DAO also gave her a headache. Anna’s work in the DAO focuses on the construction of public goods, the formulation and optimization of rules and procedures, etc., but no matter what the topic is, the long consultation is very labor-intensive.

“It takes a long time for a meeting to talk about big things. The increase in entropy is too large and the efficiency is too low.” It was late at night when she was interviewed, and she had just finished a round of discussions on the DAO incentive mechanism. Almost every DAO has to go back and forth on this matter, such as how the incentives are distributed, whether they are graded, whether they are cashed through stable coins or tokens, and if it is a project token, what about the liquidity? Unsurprisingly, after two or three hours of online meetings, there was not much that could be achieved on paper, which left her and the members physically and mentally exhausted.

How to balance fairness and efficiency is an eternal topic, and the halo of Web 3.0 has not solved this contradiction naturally and perfectly. Ana sums up her approach to DAOs this way: “It’s like two sides of the spectrum, where things go from one extreme to the other. There are too many compromises in efficiency to ensure true, complete decentralization.”

As stated at the beginning of this paragraph, young people make up a considerable proportion of Web 3.0 participants. They are full of blood, energy, and go out of their way to charge, which seems to be the best for Web 3.0 development. But conflicts quickly surfaced when the perspective narrowed into the DAO and the conversation had to sink down to every trivial detail.

Anna, who is a project operator, has served a large agency for several years before, and many members of the DAO with her are post-00s who have not worked. “They have a simple idea, and they are very confident in their mentality. Many of the processes are familiar to those of us who have worked there. Instead, they use the methods they used in the student union and interest clubs when they were studying to try to convince you. “

If you question their lack of work experience and are a group of kids who haven’t been beaten by society, they will instead think that you are bringing old experience to the new world, that you are still too old-fashioned and “not enough for Web 3.0”. One of the common problems with DAOs is that the power of expression must be equal, while ignoring the existence of experience.

“I occasionally waver. The vision is good, but the process is really exhausting. Obviously, many of the problems here are the pits that have been stepped on by the evolution of modern society to this day, why do we have to step on it all over again. ?”

Exhaustion is a high-frequency word in Anna’s conversation with us. But the next night she still participated in the online discussion as scheduled, and continued to actively approach job opportunities in the field of Web 3.0.

“Maybe it shouldn’t carry so many human expectations.” At the end of the conversation, Anna concluded.

And more and more young people are also trying to bring the story of Web 3.0 floating in the cloud back to reality. Although the path is blurred, the road is long and obstructed.

A Web 3.0 Screening Record of “Prophet” Investors

Investors need Web 3.0, and in the first half of 2022, when the investment theme is lackluster, Web 3.0 is the new story they have to seize.

Mingke, founder of MRS.ai, told Leifeng.com that one of the important reasons for the rise of the Web 3.0 trend is that in the current situation full of uncertainty, the general public, especially capital, “need a new thing, it It needs to be able to form a large enough new economy, and it can be formed from the bottom up. The next generation network structure can best meet these characteristics. Anything with network effects will attract the attention of capital.”

Enthusiasm for capital is a footnote to Web 3.0’s reputation. Regardless of a well-known crypto fund like A16z, even a large VC firm like Sequoia launched a fund in February this year that focuses on investing in Web 3.0-related technology startups, with a capital size between $500 million and $600 million. . According to incomplete statistics from the media, in the past four months, Sequoia Capital invested a total of 17 Web 3.0 companies at the rate of one investment per week.

Bain Capital, a well-known private equity investment firm in the United States, has also established a $580 million cryptocurrency-specific fund. The investment agency Coinbase Ventures invested in 71 companies in the first quarter of 2022, almost every day, excluding rest days.

“In terms of the number of projects and investors, the Web 3.0 market is also a situation where investors are looking for good projects with money, and there is more money than people. Relatively speaking, the capital side is the side with a more positive attitude.” Some investors say Say.

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Web 3.0 is like the beginning of the Pangu, the early market was chaotic, and people’s understanding of Web 3.0 often only partially overlaps. At this stage, the thinking logic and investment style of investors may be revealed to a greater extent than at any other time.

“Web 3 points to the two major directions of the evolution of human civilization, freedom and trust.” Wang Yuehua, founder of Deding Innovation Fund, is very sure of this. He has been paying attention to the fields of financial technology and blockchain before, and it is logical to enter the NFT, Metaverse and today’s Web 3 track.

In order to follow up on the investment, in the past four months, he has traveled to San Francisco, Miami, Singapore, Taipei, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other places, participated in various seminars, and intensively met with LPs and entrepreneurs. In the circle of friends, Wang Yuehua posted a group photo in San Mateo. He and his business partners held the signs of Web 3, DAO and Metaverse respectively, with the text: “The future!”

These three brands also represent the investment “troika” planned by Wang Yuehua: Metaverse, a new lifestyle; DAO, a new economic mechanism that “is expected to replace the company”; Web 3 is the construction of future infrastructure. And Web 3 can be subdivided into three pillars, namely artificial intelligence, edge computing, and the most important decentralized data network in his opinion.

He recalled to Leifeng.com that in the first half of this year alone, “there are 20 projects at a minimum” from his institution, covering subdivisions ranging from expansion technology, smart contracts, exchanges to games, and Not limited.

Organizations have about $75 million sitting on their books, gearing up for Web 3 projects in the broadest sense. In May last year, the funds first “attacked”.

In this investment batch, Ink Finance is one of the few mature projects that have been put into operation and have certain users. Its unique feature is that it can “customize” DAO’s own financial products, that is, provide hundreds of “basic” smart contracts, like Lego, for users to freely combine.

And more projects are still in the early stage of preparation, not to mention how many real users there are, but investors will not be discouraged by this.

“Early investment is an art, and there is no checklist that must be compared. Everything is changing, and everything must grow in change.” Wang Yuehua said.

There are also a group of investors like him, whether it is called Web 3, blockchain, Metaverse or other names, whether it is the underlying technology or scenario application, as long as it is a good project, they are willing to gamble on it at any time.

Sometimes, to be on the safe side, they even vote for all projects with the same goal but different technical paths, and vote for projects with similar positioning in the United States and India.

What kind of entrepreneurs are more likely to be seen by investors? Wang Yuehua told Leifeng.com thattechnical ability and market ability must account for one of the two ; all-round start-up teams are relatively rare, but if the team does not rely on both sides and has no relevant experience, it is naturally difficult to gain favor.

This is indeed a whole new world, but the word “experience” is still a factor that many investors will value. As mentioned above, many participants do not like the idea of ​​”copying the Web 2.0 set of things”, but for some investors, if a project can successfully replicate and decentralize many things of Web 2.0, they will Instead, pay more attention.

Looking for projects that can be found in Web 2.0 is a relatively realistic and feasible idea. Wang Yuehua also said that such benchmarking is more convenient for the outside world to understand and disseminate. Before the interview, he had just communicated with a Web 3 project that was working on an asset valuation system, because any behavior or data generated by an ID in the Web 3 world may affect asset valuation, or become valuable. value assets. “The logic is not easy to understand, but when you say it’s the ‘S&P 500 in Web 3’, it’s easier to understand.”

“Within five years, we may see Web 3-based, decentralized mail, Twitter, YouTube, etc., a number of mature large-scale projects appear.” Wang Yuehua said.

The reason why this kind of “copying” is easy to be favored by investors and easy to be chosen by entrepreneurs, in addition to the lowering of the threshold for understanding and dissemination, there is another reason that cannot be ignored: the crazy outflow of talents from big Internet companies.

There are many factors for talents to leave the big Internet companies, such as strategic adjustment, organizational changes, less promotion space, limited business development prospects due to traffic dividends, or simply tired of the days of “involution” and “996 struggle”. This year, there is one more reason for this departure: layoffs.

“Many of these laid-off people can’t do anything else but make Internet products, thinking about copying the way of Web 2.0 to Web 3.0.” Nathan Zhao, co-founder of 7upDao, told Leifeng.com .

Therefore, Nathan will also give special consideration to the team with the background of China’s Internet giants, which is more likely to produce reliable product managers and engineers. But he also pointed out that the team must have a certain overseas background.

When it comes to how to screen projects, Nathan tends to start from scenarios, which is one of the typical investment ideas at the moment.

In his view, much of the logic of X to earn “just doesn’t make sense” and gaming remains one of the most promising directions. “Because people pay for games in Web 2.0, in Web 3.0, the ownership of props can be given to users, and by motivating users, the secondary market development of game props can be stimulated.”

Another key area he focuses on is the tools around DAOs, such as proof of work, appraisal incentives, talent recruitment, compensation systems, etc. This field has been supported by more and more people, because to a certain extent, this is like enterprise services in the context of Web 3.0, and the internal management processes experienced by companies now need to be reshaped from the perspective of DAO. .

“The DAO represents the difference between Web 3.0 and Web 2.0 in terms of organizational capabilities and factors of production. With the trend toward flexible working, the need for this will only intensify.”

Web 3.0 “from old to new”,

Twenty years of technical people

Web 3.0 is the most exciting and exciting to the brain. There are always a series of numbers, such as the fluctuation of cryptocurrency prices, the sky-high NFT auction, and the financing amount of the project.People are most concerned about the flow of money.

Under the hot money, the discussion of technological evolution is like a quiet path in the woods that few people step on.

In fact, Web 3.0 is not a term that came into being in recent years, but has existed more than ten years ago, and the meaning that the public is currently discussing is very different from the original version. In many reports, this change has been brushed off, but for some people who have experienced the technology, it is a microcosm of their careers.

Liang Qihong told Leifeng.com that the opportunity for him to contact Web 3.0 was the classic Bitcoin paper.Born as an engineer, he was a member of the securities industry at the time, so he hoped to apply the distributed ledger technology mentioned in the paper to the KYC (Know Your Customer) of finance, and explore based on SSI (Self-sovereign identity) and zero knowledge Proven solution.

Then he left GF Securities and set foot in fintech startups. After founding Fantai Geek, he also proposed a Compliance As A Service (compliance as a service) attempt, trying to reduce the cost of compliance technology through cloud computing and blockchain.

Having personally experienced the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, and now facing the advent of Web 3.0, Liang Qihong said that the nature of these two changes is not the same. “Web 2.0 is to Web 1.0, it is the growth of the Internet as a new thing, and it is a technological progress. But Web 3.0 is to Web 2.0, it is not an either-or, gradually replacing relationship at present, the two are more like parallel worlds coexisting, It also needs to be connected.”

“I believe that the Internet infrastructure composed of technologies from the classical Internet era such as HTTP and DNS will eventually develop or be replaced. On the new Internet infrastructure, software products are rebuilt to find a balance between performance experience and privacy protection. Just That time has not yet come, and now is a time of turbulence and undercurrents.”

In the vast world of Web 3.0, Liang Qihong said bluntly, “At present, we are only interested in watching and purely discussing decentralization as a type of technology”, such as P2P peer-to-peer networks, consensus algorithms, and zero-knowledge proofs; and the derivative applications of encryption technology, For example, privacy computing, alliance chain, etc., have relatively strong vertical industry attributes. It is difficult for independent startups to seize breakthrough opportunities and to develop sustainable business models. Perhaps it can only be developed under the leadership and coordination of government or industry organizations.

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Long before the blockchain entered the public eye, the term Web 3.0 was proposed by Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, in 2006. The Web 3.0 he proposed at that time refers more to the Semantic Web, which allows computers and systems to understand each other in the network and realize a more intelligent Internet. Today’s Web 3.0 emphasizes the next-generation Internet based on blockchain technology with features such as decentralization.

“The series of technologies represented by the blockchain, and the Semantic Web of the year, are actually solving the same problem: interconnection.” In the view of Bao Jie, CEO of WenYin Internet, the concept of “old and new” Web 3.0 is There are differences, but the spiritual connotation is very similar, and they are all moving towards a more anti-monopoly goal with different technological paths.

As a student of Tim Berners-Lee, Bao Jie witnessed the birth of the concept of “original version” of Web 3.0, and also witnessed the change of “old and new” Web 3.0 for more than ten years. He recalled the beginning of this story to Leifeng.com:

Web 2.0 brings social interconnection and generates great value. However, with the birth of a number of Internet companies and the growth of giants, data began to be “hidden” by giants in their own platforms, and the Web was fragmented, which gradually went against the original vision.

The emergence and rise of the mobile Internet has further “sentenced death” to the Web – everyone is using mobile apps, but apps are naturally separated from each other. But at the time, many people didn’t care, and didn’t think “the Web is dead” would be a cause for concern.

After 2005, Tim Berners-Lee noticed that the Web was going in a wrong direction and began to enter the so-called Walled Garden era, and the Semantic Web came into being.

The Semantic Web, on the surface, is structured data, and requires programming languages ​​such as RDF and OWL. Its essence is to establish “live” data and distributed applications, so that machines can read the data, so that the data can be circulated between applications. We can think of it as creating a “Esperanto” for machines and data to facilitate conversations.

But the advancement of the Semantic Web has not been smooth sailing.

Tim Berners-Lee considers that if commercial organizations are unwilling to take the lead in opening up data, they should start at the government level. Therefore, after 2009, he spent a lot of time lobbying many governments to let the government promote the openness and connection of data.

In fact, he has indeed successfully leveraged dozens of governments, including the United States and the United Kingdom, with his own potential. This top-down approach may not have seen much of a problem at the time, but compared with the later “new Web 3.0”, it was somewhat less “people-friendly”.

At the technical level, Tim Berners-Lee and the team also spent a lot of work before realizing that OWL was the wrong technical route, and then turned their attention to the RDF language, but the results were still not as good as expected.

Why hasn’t this set of Web 3.0 concepts with the Semantic Web at its core been rapidly popularized on a large scale? The key is the threshold.

According to Bao Jie’s analysis, the blockchain has directly embarked on a completely different path, and its technical architecture is much simpler in comparison. The framework of the Semantic Web is strict and complex. There are 7 layers in the structure alone, not to mention the content of each layer. From contact to application, the entire chain is too long and the learning cost is too high, so it is difficult for people to directly perceive the value of this solution.

Taking applications as an example, Tim Berners-Lee once considered a set of distributed applications based on a strict logic language, with an inference engine at the bottom layer, namely AIR (accountability in RDF, an RDF-based accountable language). One of the main contents of his joint research at that time.

Later smart contracts are similar to what AIR has to do. The popularity of smart contracts is inseparable from the ease of learning and use of their solutions. It constitutes a greatly simplified procedural language through some simple rules and programming language. The logic language used by AIR is a declarative language, and the learning cost is far greater than that of a procedural language.

The complexity of the Semantic Web system discourages many beginners, and new technologies and solutions such as blockchain and smart contracts gradually “take away” the name of Web 3.0.

However, although the content covered by Web 3.0 has changed a lot compared to the original, this does not mean that the Semantic Web, which was born earlier, will be completely replaced or disappeared. On the contrary, breaking down the current Web 3.0, we can still see the shadow of those technologies.

Bao Jie told Leifeng.com that Tim Berners-Lee’s method was later divided into three different communities to develop their own. The 7-layer architecture of the Semantic Web evolves into trust technology, knowledge technology and graph technology respectively.

What the blockchain solves is essentially the trust problem, which is a technology that pays attention to how to quickly establish trust between organizations.

Before many data are put on the chain, they need to be processed into structured data to the level of machine-readable and machine-processable, otherwise the chaining will be of little significance. This link of processing unstructured data is closely related to the knowledge graph.

There is also a large amount of “live data” in the execution process of smart contracts, which cannot be written into the code by default, but must be flexibly queried by the machine through web services. Behind this is the issue of open services between institutions, and smart contracts have essentially become a large-scale rule system.

Here is an example of reimbursement invoice + blockchain:

Assuming that the company needs to upload invoices to the chain, the machine must be able to directly determine whether the invoice is eligible for reimbursement. If it is still processed manually, there is no need for chaining. This step is related to the knowledge graph.
After the machine “reads” the invoice, it will automatically execute the reimbursement process through the smart contract deployed on the chain. For example, if it meets the regulations, the payment will be completed within three working days. At this time, the machine needs to check the arrangement of legal holidays online. This step is related to the inter-agency service interconnection and rule system.
That is to say, when we talk about Web 3.0 today, whether we talk about decentralization, blockchain or smart contracts, the technology behind it is more or less related to trust technology, knowledge graph, etc.

“This goes back to what Tim Berners-Lee did more than ten years ago. At that time, those jobs were not wasted.” Bao Jie said with emotion.

More than ten years ago, Tim Berners-Lee led his team step by step toward the ideal Web 3.0. After a long period of changes, the Semantic Web system differentiated and evolved, and then re-merged into the current Web 3.0 river.

On June 30, 2022, the “father of the Internet” packaged the earliest source code of the Web into an NFT, and auctioned it for $5.4 million. This NFT is a time-stamped original file with source code, including the three computer languages ​​and network protocols he created, written thirty years ago.

In the past 30 years, many Internet giants have been born to rise, countless people have written their own Internet years, and the suffix of Web has also changed from 1.0, 2.0 to today’s 3.0.

Epilogue

Regarding the “Mirror of Erised”, Dumbledore once advised Harry as follows:

“The mirror doesn’t teach us, it doesn’t tell us the truth. Too many people waste their time in front of the mirror, obsessed and mad about what they see.”

Many people see their deepest desires in front of the mirror, but the picture presented in the mirror may be realized through untold hardships, or it may be a delusion that will never be realized.

Will the stories in the mirror of Web 3.0 come to life? Some say it has come, some say it will never come, and some silently embark on the path of pursuit.

Note: Jiangnan, Zhang Ting, Hao Ran, and Anna are all pseudonyms

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