The Future of the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee

Please indulge me as I am still on a quest to get back to the future. In a post I did yesterday, I enjoyed a chuckle as the blogosphere got their panties in a bunch about Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet, and his criteria for contacting him. It all began because somebody wanted to know what his take was on the future of his little invention.

So I found this testimony that Berners-Lee gave last March before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. And here's a snippet in which he delivers his vision of the future:
"In the future, the Web will seem like it's everywhere, not just on our desktop or mobile device. As LCD technology becomes cheaper, walls of rooms, and even walls of buildings, will become display surfaces for information from the Web. Much of the information that we receive today through a specialized application such as a database or a spreadsheet will come directly from the Web. Pervasive and ubiquitous web applications hold much opportunity for innovation and social enrichment. They also pose significant public policy challenges. Nearly all of the information displayed is speech but is being done in public, possibly in a manner accessible to children. Some of this information is bound to be personal, raising privacy questions. Finally, inasmuch as this new ubiquitous face of the Web is public, it will shape the nature of the public spaces we work, shop, do politics, and socialize in."

Read the entire testimony from Tim Berners-Lee here.




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