This must have been blogged on other blogs, i’m sure, but well i’m gonna blog it too anyways because i find it very interesting.
Tim Berners-Lee, who combined HTML with URLs and came up with the World Wide Web, has been knighted.
Sir Tim said the honor, announced Tuesday by Buckingham Palace as part of the New Year honours list, is an acknowledgement that the Net is becoming globally powerful and isn’t just a passing trend.
The article i read about this on cnet’s news.com is really cool and offers an insight into the history of the creation of the World Wide Web.
So, check it out here.
Something i didn’t know before is how Apple could have leaded the way into this whole thing, but were stupid enough to not know what to do with it…
I also liked what Tim said about the dream behind the web:
“The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information,” wrote Berners-Lee. “Its universality is essential: The fact that a hypertext link can point to anything; be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished.”
But there was a second part of the dream, too, Berners-Lee said, and this was dependent on the Web being so generally used “that it became a realistic mirror (or in fact the primary embodiment) of the ways in which we work and play and socialize.” Once the state of our interactions was online, Berners-Lee said, we could then use computers to help us analyze it, and help us make sense of what we are doing, where we individually fit in, and how we can better work together.
I totally agree with Tim and i think that not only is the web becoming a mirror of how we work, play and socialize but also a mirror of what we think about, know, do and live.
So, the web is more and more like a snapshot of the world at any given time including the smallest details of the individual mindset, and i think that is totally awesome.