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The Intimate Web



We are moving to a new type of web experience. One that not only knows what you do, but it also knows how you feel and think. A true human web experience powered by wearable devices that involve physical or emotional intimacy. This new web is going to allow a social network of people to form a strong emotional connection, but it might also isolate them from legitimate, warm human contact. 
Today, we are living in the era of the now. People want to share and participate in digital experiences that are contextually relevant.  The rise of mobile technology in concert with social and big data have enabled us to harness the moment: we can attach content from digital locations, add songs to shareable maps, attach memories to physical locations, and feature site-specific site experiences. 
The new intimate web will make these personalized experiences, that are already contextually relevant, more intimate. Why? Intimate relationships play a central role in the overall human experience. Humans have a general desire to belong and to love, which is usually satisfied within an intimate relationship. These relationships involve feelings of liking or loving one or more people, romance, physical or sexual attraction, sexual relationships, or emotional and personal support between the members. So, an intimate web is just a natural evolution of today's contextual web. 
Paradoxically, the more connected we get, the more disconnected we become. Technology helps us get in touch while simultaneously preventing us from being in touch.  An intimate web will further enable correspondence but will also prevent us from being understood. It's easier to confront a computer than a person when dealing with conflict.  And as we become overly dependent on technology, personal conflicts might become more rampant because we've lost an ability to independently communicate our own thoughts and feelings. 
To create this intimate web, feeling, thoughts and actions are going to be seamlessly integrated across the offline and online world. In other words, what we think, feel and do is going to become real online. This new web is not too far away. Below are a few examples of how these intimated web experiences are being manifested today. And we are just getting started.  
Think. We are going to search, click, order or move things with our minds through the use of wearable devices.  Our brain signal will control machines and devices like a computer or robotic limb. 
Brain-computer interfaces have made significant progress as of late, thanks in part to companies like OpenBCI, whose co-founder recently shared his thoughts on the surging BCI movement with MAKE Magazine.
“Though BCI is in an embryonic state — with a definition that evolves by the day — it’s typically a system that enables direct communication between a brain and a computer, and one.
Feel. We are going to share our heartbeat, stress levels or pulse rates to reflect how we feel about ourselves, another person, a brand or situation. In other words, we are going to have true likes or dislikes. 
Apple watch features capability for a user to send their "heartbeat" to another wearer. 

Olive bracelets discretely provide stress managing prompts. 
 Do.  We are going to use our voice, eyes and moves to command online actions.
We already have Amazon Echo, also known as Alexa, which is a voice command device from Amazon.com with functions including question answering, playing music and controlling smart devices.  
 With Google glass, we can take videos, give you turn-by-turn directions, make phone calls, or search the Web with a blink of the eye. 
 In summary, this new web will create human's connection at a deeper level. The walls between offline and online world are going to vanish. An intimate network will create stronger connections with the world, but it might also isolate us from the warm human touch. The closer we get online, the farther we get offline. 

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