Phillip J. Windley is the founder and chief technology officer of Kynetx Inc. of Lehi, which provides a platform for applications that can meld personal interests and Web resources to individualize Internet content. Windley is the author of the recently released book, "The Live Web: Building Event-Based Connections in the Cloud."
What is the "Live Web"?
The Web of the future will link the devices you use, your online personas and even things we don't think of as being "on the Web" now, such as your car and your house. This cooperating, loosely coupled mesh will work to achieve results important to you your purpose in context and at the right time, or what's being called "the Live Web."
What's the difference between the current Web and the Live Web?
The Live Web isn't just about speed and timeliness it's about context. On the current, static Web, each site comes with its own context. As we move from site to site, the context changes and the only continuity is what we can maintain in our heads. On the Live Web, we bring our context with us and applications weave the sites, data, and services from the static Web into a single, purpose-based, living tapestry. The service becomes personal, what I'm interested in right now my context.
What might some of the uses be for the Live Web?
Imagine you've just received bad news via email from your radiologist. Your recent MRI reveals you have two ruptured disks. An application that you control processes the email, extracts relevant tasks, and places them on your to do list.
When you're ready to pick a surgeon, a selector application is engaged. You review and choose a surgeon. Your calendar begins the task of scheduling an appointment, giving you a selection of times that are free on both your and the surgeon's calendars. You pick an appointment time and receive confirmation from the doctor's office. The surgeon's office sends a request for medical history, and an application that manages your personal data gives you the opportunity to authorize the transfer.
When might we see the Live Web go live?
The science fiction writer William Gibson has famously said, "The future is already here it's just not very evenly distributed." That fits the Live Web perfectly. We see bits and pieces of Live Web capabilities all around us, but not in a widely distributed way. More and more of the appliances we buy are connected. More and more of the activities we undertake online are real-time. Much of what makes mobile computing exciting is exactly that having information immediately available or having your device reach out to you with a location-based reminder. The Live Web will creep up on us without any of us being completely aware what's happening.
• Tom Harvey Phillip J. Windley, technologist and author