“ The World Wide Web .” Sir Tim Berners-Lee TED Talk – Referencing The New Media Reader, Wardrip-Fruin & Montfort
Original Publication of this Work: Communications of the ACM August 1994. Table of Contents of this issue Early Adopters of the Web. The Well/Howard Rheingold Investigation of the Starr Report Pixel Pushers Exhibition, July – September 1994
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.
Technologies such as Berners-Lee’s do not have to be the best ones – just good enough ie inferior to Ted Nelson’s Xanadu.
In 1991 the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Hypertext conference rejected Berners-Lee’s paper announcing the birth of the web, reducing it to a poster session.
In 1994, Berners-Lee founded the W3C at MIT, mading his idea available freely, with no patent and no royalties due. The World Wide Web Consortium decided that its standards should be based on royalty-free technology, so that they could easily be adopted by anyone
In 1994 when www was adopted, competition was Gopher and WAIS.