Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Yesterday (March 12, 2014), was the 25th birthday of the web. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, wrote as a guest blogger on Google’s official blog a couple days ago. Click here to read the entire blog. He comments on how the project first came to fruition and his decision that would affect the entire world forever, to make the web accessible to everyone without paying royalties. Berners-Lee states, “This decision enabled tens of thousands to start working together to build the web. Now, about 40 percent of us are connected and creating online. The web has generated trillions of dollars of economic value, transformed education and healthcare and activated many new movements for democracy around the world. And we’re just getting started.” 

The web is still very young; with the technology and knowledge we possess today, the possibilities with the Internet are endless. What started as an open "information management system" has turned into something that has enhanced the lives of billions. Experts are predicting that by 2025, "The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior" (Internet 2025: How It Could Look Like). With the direction the web is going, people are anticipating a more interactive and immersive experience. (Manufacturers are already moving towards the development of products that have the capability to connect to the Internet only.) 

The Internet has only reached a fraction of its potential. What do you think the future of the web will look like? 

I'll leave you with this photo of the first web server on the World Wide Web used by Tim Berners-Lee, displayed at Microcosm (the public science museum at CERN).
Photo Credit: Wikipedia