About necessary and unnecessary things

In a interview given at a technology symposium at the Embassy of Finland in Washington (15 October 2009), ‘Berners-Lee speaks about the importance for governments to place great amounts of data on the Web and the emergence of the semantic Web. He cites successful examples in Britain.’


And he repeats what he already said in one of his blog posts in 2008:

‘In all this Semantic Web news, though, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The benefit of the Semantic Web is that data may be re-used in ways unexpected by the original publisher. That is the value added. So when a Semantic Web start-up either feeds data to others who reuse it in interesting ways, or itself uses data produced by others, then we start to see the value of each bit increased through the network effect.’

In another interview with NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT Darren Gersh he looks into the crystal ball:

‘DARREN GERSH: So it’s been 20 years since you invented the worldwide web. What is the biggest challenge for the Internet in the next 20 years?

BERNERS-LEE: Well, I think looking forward the most difficult thing that we’re not doing is we’re not actually studying the web. The web’s huge. It’s a huge system. There are actually more web pages out there than there are neurons in a person’s brain. So there are a lot of nerve cells (ph) in a person’s brain, but we are starting to figure out how the brain works but we really don’t study how the web works. It’s humanity connected, all these people making links, following links, exchanging ideas, trying to put together new forms of democracy, new social networking systems. We don’t really understand what is going to work and what isn’t. We don’t really know what are the dangers. Could it become unstable? What are the really huge opportunities? So studying the web is really important. I think the danger is we don’t study it and then suddenly, something happens like the financial downturn, like spam coming along, like one of these things where whoa! Oops, didn’t plan for that. Now what went wrong? So we shouldn’t be looking back and thinking what went wrong? We should be looking forward and thinking, OK, what are the things that could happen? What would be likely to happen? How can we tweak the web? After all the web, unlike the brain, is something that we designed. It’s an engineering thing.’

And he confesses that // in the http adress is in fact unnecessary ;).

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