I was just visiting Loic Le Meur’s G+ post page, and i clicked on Loic’s interview with an insightful and twitchy Tim Berners-Lee. Here are my notes:
02:30 Web growth was exponential from beginning of web, so there was no “magic point” at which Berners-Lee recognized what a fantastic success his invention would become.
03:14 Still a minority of people on the planet are on the web.
05:00 Berners-Lee was basically just trying to solve a problem for his team at CERN — getting diverse computers to understand each other so that information could be more easily shared.
06:11 Berners-Lee designed the hypertext language and transfer protocols to resemble existing languages in order to promote widespread use.
07:10 Berners-Lee would design the Web completely differently if he were designing it from scratch.
08:20 Native apps are boring.
10:55 Silos like Facebook are a problem — “walled gardens” are not good.
14:20 Berners-Lee implies people should be more worried about walled gardens than Snowden leaks.
15:50 People should insist on Net Neutrality.
16:50 Privacy is not dead.
18:08 We need rules to protect privacy.
20:38 The right to be forgotten is dangerous. The right to be able to access history is more important. If the fact “out there” is false, then there should be a right to eliminate such information. But if the fact is true, then free speech and preservation of history are more important issues.
23:40 Women can be great coders.
26:40 Artificial intelligence is coming. As AI works, we tend to accept it as just another “computer function.”
30:08 When he was a child, Tim Berners-Lee read a lot of Asimov books.
30:25 When robots are given rights in court, that’s the time to pay attention.
32:55 Robots are already here and they are called corporations. Be very scared.
34:18 Berners-Lee has no patents. MIT pays him to be Director of the Web Consortium and he spends time working on the long-term technical architecture of the web and trying to keep the web a coherent whole.
35:58 Berners-Lee spends a great deal of time pushing for open data, open government data.
37:37 There are huge forces working against net neutrality, although some governments are working to protect net neutrality. Tim is optimistic, but he’s not sure whether or not net neutrality will win out.
40:40 What drives Tim to keep driving forward? “...because we are not yet done!” Tim wants to own all his data and keep it where he wants to keep it. This should be a standard.
42:16 We will never stop innovating, and we will never stop fighting for our rights.
44:00 Every web page can now be programmed. We’ve come to a place where web technology is much more powerful than it was 25 years ago.
45:18 Pixels will be everywhere. Wallpaper pixels. Soon, “You really can’t tell that you’re not in Africa.”
47:30 It will be difficult to take a pill to learn something like how to fly a helicopter or how to read and write and speak Arabic; but once our brains are in the cloud (as Kurzweil “will have you do in the future”), it might become more easy.
48:08 Fight to keep the web open. We need to spend 5% of our web time reading about the legal agreements we sign on the web.
49:00 If you create a technical app, Tim asks you to think deeply about the social implications and make the effort to help people of different cultures understand each other better.