Full speed ahead, without a map, into new realms of possibility

December 6, 2011 | Source: New York Times

For tomorrow’s Web, iconoclast Ted Nelson predicts louder and more intrusive content, with more interruptions, more security threats, more monopolies and, worse interfaces.

“The Web will get even more chaotic, with new forms of annoyance, temptation and danger,” he says. “There will be more and more software settings nobody can get right, and the phone support people in India who talk you through the menus will be taught new slang to make your hours with them seem more comfortable.”

But the one bright spot will be “generalization of documents” — allowing different document formats to be visibly linked, with visible connections among side-by-side documents to help us clarify the structure of thought.