The web has spurred into such a content-filed, complex system that it’s hard to imagine how we can boil down the credit to one person who started it all. Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, was the first person to implement a global hypertext project in 1991, successfully connecting a HTTP client to a server using the Internet. We watched his presentation to USC School of Communication and Journalism in class today, and in addition to the technicalities of how the web is constructed, it was apparent that he had a vision of how his discoveries would change the way we send and receive information. He maps the story of the web as he sees it (literally) which include collaborators, competitors, the market, human interactions, and philosophy. Tim recognizes and speaks to the social side to the web and emphasizes the need for better design.
One thing that resonated with me (which we only touched on briefly at the end of our class discussion) is the altruistic spirit that is inherent in technological developments. Inventors are not necessarily seeking fame or fortune, but rather, wanting to build something that furthers humanity in some way.