Internet: A Forecast In the Past, A Reality At The Present
This historical event took place in 1974 when Arthur C. Clarke predicted that by 2001, every household would have a computer console and be connected to the rest of the world. The system described here — a terminal linked to a central computer for all information services — is closer to a late-1970s videotex system than the present Internet and World Wide Web. It may seem funny, but the vision came into being. We are all now enjoying the use of the world wide web.
DREAM COME THROUGH
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, and Rosemary Leith co-founded the World Wide Web Foundation in 2009. The Web Foundation is pushing for a web that is safe and empowering for everyone. He is presently the World Wide Web Consortium’s director (W3C). He is a distinguished researcher and holder of the 3Com founder’s chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and a member of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence’s advisory board. He was appointed to the Ford Foundation’s board of trustees in 2011. He is the creator and president of the Open Data Institute and an adviser to the social network MeWe.
During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, he was recognized as the “Inventor of the World Wide Web,” appearing with a vintage NeXT Computer. On April 4, 2017, he was honored with the 2016 ACM Turing Award for “creating the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the underlying protocols and algorithms that enable the Web to grow.”
I just had to take the hypertext idea and connect it to the TCP and DNS ideas and — ta-da! — the World Wide Web. — Tim Berners-Lee
Creating the web was really an act of desperation, because the situation without it was very difficult when I was working at CERN later. Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the Internet, multi-font text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalizing, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system. — Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s development of the World Wide Web changed the world. After that, he opened the web to everyone, sparking an extraordinary rush of creativity, collaboration, and innovation.
Salute to the man who unselfishly shared his innovation. Without him, we may not be enjoying these privileges.