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I am Tim Berners-Lee. I invented the WWW 25 years ago and I am concerned and excited about its future. AMA on 2014-03-12

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People, why?!

Dude it's Tim Berners-Lee. He doesn't need a browser. He doesn't even need a computer. He just puffs the end of an ethernet cable like a hookah.

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Do you ever look at the stuff on the web now and feel like Robert Oppenheimer?

Tim Berners-Lee (WWW inventor):

No, not really. The web is a -- primarily neutral -- tool for humanity. When you look at humanity you see the good and the bad, the wonderful and the awful. A powerful tool can be used for good or ill. Things which are really bad are illegal on the web as they are off it. On balance, communication is good think I think: much of the badness comes from misunderstanding.

Why does no one mention Robert Cailliau anymore when it comes to the www? Didn't both of you invent it?

Tim Berners-Lee (WWW inventor):

Robert didn't invent it. I invented it by myself, and coded it up on a NeXT, but Robert was the first convert to it, and a massive supporter. He got resources together at CERN, helped find students, gave talks. He also later wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". He also put a lot of energy into persuading the CERN directorate that CERN should declare that it would not charge royalties for the WWW, which it did April 1993.

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Tim, What other names did you consider other than the world wide web?

Mine of Information, The Information Mine, The Mesh

None had quite the right ring. I liked WWW partly because I could start global variable names with a W and not have them clash with other peoples' (in a C world) fact I used HT for them)

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Be honest, you knew exactly what you were doing when you considered The Information Mine, didn't you TIM?

He would have ruined a first name for generations, though:

Mine of Information makes a great French acronym.


"What materials were you considering when planning the construction of such a vast series of tubes?"

LOL. The Web is not a series of tubes!

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