Thursday, November 09, 2006

Travolution@WTM-Jet-Powered Roller Skates

Leave it to a room full of technology geeks--sorry, I mean professionals--to get into an excited discussion about the next revolution of the web, dubbed Web 3.0, while most normal people still haven't heard of Web 2.0.

But that's exactly what happened during the closing session of the Travolution conference at World Travel Market.

Even Esteban Walther, head of travel Europe, Google, was amused by the question, which came from one of the delegates in the audience.

Walther said he hoped he'd be retired by the time Web 3.0 made its debut. Good on you Esteban!

Seriously though, it was a great question.

If you're going to get into a discussion about the future of technology, then the panel of tech experts attending the Travolution conference are the people to discuss it with.

On the off chance Walther doesn't retire by the time Web 3.0 hits our screens, he'll be working out new ways people can get online.

"Today we're thinking about how to interact with the customer so I think the next stage will be about how people will access the internet," said Walther.

Nick Jones of Yahoo agreed, "3.0 will be about the convergence of various different types of media.

"It doesn't mean we'll all be riding around on jet -powered roller skates, but the online landscape will look a lot different than it does today."

What? No jet-powered roller skates!

Damn. Am I the only one who is waiting around for life to look like it did on the Jetsons?

Tricia Holly Davis
Freelance Journalist

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