It’s no secret that few industries are growing as rapidly as the thousands of virtual fields that exist inside the web. From the most abstract cryptocurrencies to simple open source code, the internet is being expanded more and more everyday. What implications this holds for society are yet to be seen, but there are a few key trends.
Web3 or Web 3.0 is the movement of the web towards a decentralized space, owned by the common consumer. This is in direct contrast to the hierarchical Web 2.0, a space owned by big business, the richest minorities. Better than any other, this trend describes the digital landscape of the future. Dominated by public blockchains, decentralized applications and finance, and with more open code than ever, it’s a space of sovereignty.
Naturally, a slew of side effects accompany this major trend. Beyond simple changes, things like more jobs in data science, development, and technology at large, employment faces many other changes. Suddenly people are working much more from home, hours become more flexible, and the workplace will become a digital one, connecting those from all over the world.
It’s not all bright and cheery though, benefits may be lost alongside job security. For all those taking it upon themselves to become freelance workers, developers, or analysts, it can be much harder to afford the services a normal employer may offer. There are solutions, Many companies such as Opolis offer services to source independent employment benefits, but for many it’s a major concern.
The growing landscape of the web has few that can match its pace. A foundation of and growth of user code and work makes it an impossible force to stop. Now there is only time to wait and see exactly how it’ll change all those affected by it. More self employed and less centralized workers, but workers with less security and assurance of essential benefits. The polar opposite of Web 2.0, a world dominated by executives and powerful companies.