Berners-Lee: Web still in its infancy

Posted on Sunday, May 04 2008 @ 08:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, claims the web is still in its infancy. Berners-Lee is optimistic about the future of the web and says the future web will put all the data in the world at the fingertips of every user.
"The experience of the development of the web by so many people collaborating across the globe has just been a fantastic experience," he said.

"The experience of international collaboration continues. Also the spirit that really we have only started to explore the possibilities of [the web], that continues."

Sir Tim predicted that the web's ability to engender collaboration could one day see the web being used to help manage the planet.

The difficult part was explaining to them the true nature of what the web was going to be Robert Cailliau, Cern

"What's exciting is that people are building new social systems, new systems of review, new systems of governance.

"My hope is that those will produce... new ways of working together effectively and fairly which we can use globally to manage ourselves as a planet."

The ubiquity of the web gives the impression that its success was inevitable but that was not always the case, said Robert Cailliau, who worked alongside Sir Tim.

The decision by physics laboratory Cern to release the web code into the public domain was not a straightforward one, he told BBC News.
More info at BBC News.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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