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“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets

“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets

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  • A great profile of Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with having invented the World Wide Web. He said he’s been “devastated” as he’s watched what he hoped would be a tool that would serve humanity turn into “a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.” But he’s not resigned. As he says, problems

    A great profile of Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with having invented the World Wide Web. He said he’s been “devastated” as he’s watched what he hoped would be a tool that would serve humanity turn into “a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.” But he’s not resigned. As he says, problems that were “created by people…can be fixed by people.” And that’s what he’s setting out to do. And I’m glad, because we need all hands on deck in this movement to repair our relationship with technology.

  • The Internet was supposed to liberate and democratize knowledge, but it has in part buried, hoarded, and monetized it; “political surveillance is so widespread that only paper is safe”. I’m a digital idealist, who believes it’s possible to repair the foundation that made all of this technology possible

    The Internet was supposed to liberate and democratize knowledge, but it has in part buried, hoarded, and monetized it; “political surveillance is so widespread that only paper is safe”. I’m a digital idealist, who believes it’s possible to repair the foundation that made all of this technology possible in the first place- always look forward.

  • Imagine the wisdom of DaVinci, who sketched the submarine but kept his idea secret because he looked ahead and envisioned the outcomes.

  • Ok, but what does Al Gore have to say?

  • they say 80% of the internet is porn. how did they not ask him how he felt about that? maybe he doesn’t even see that as needing fixed?

  • I can feel how much Tim cares for fulfilling the original intent of his creation. Even so, tribalism is a fundamental human trait. It’s not that surprising what the internet has become.I’m not sure there can be such a utopia as he envisions, but there certainly can be alternatives to what some corners

    I can feel how much Tim cares for fulfilling the original intent of his creation. Even so, tribalism is a fundamental human trait. It’s not that surprising what the internet has become.I’m not sure there can be such a utopia as he envisions, but there certainly can be alternatives to what some corners of the internet has become. Let’s not forget how much wealth this technology has created. It might be used nefariously by some, but there is also plenty of light!

  • Obviously we’re being taken advantage of on the web. But how much do I care if i receive targeted marketing? At first NSA using facial recognition seems horrifying until you consider that anytime your photo is taken at a redlight cam or you walk a city street in London, you’re open to the same. I guess

    Obviously we’re being taken advantage of on the web. But how much do I care if i receive targeted marketing? At first NSA using facial recognition seems horrifying until you consider that anytime your photo is taken at a redlight cam or you walk a city street in London, you’re open to the same. I guess I accepted long ago that my data would be used in ways I would never know.

    Also I have a question- I admittedly do not understand how this decentralized web is supposed to work? Can someone explain this in a comment??

  • Much respect to Berners-Lee, but web would have been created even without him. Maybe at a later date, but it would have happened, and what happened to the web would have happened as well. That’s the beauty of the internet - it’s about everyone and is affected by everyone. His guilt is misapplied.

  • Growing concerns about broken, overly-centralized web seems to be a hot topic these days as this week’s Economist also featured about it. Solid, a new initiative for decentralizing the web by Tim Berners-Lee is something worth paying attention to regain optimism of the web. must-read.

  • Worth every second. Please read this profile.