Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Spotlighted at Olympics - The UpStream

Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Spotlighted at Olympics

posted Sunday Jul 29, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Spotlighted at Olympics

If you missed the Olympic opening ceremony, you missed one of the biggest honors that Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee will ever receive. While you may not know the name, you know what he is responsible for: the World Wide Web. Because of his contributions to society, for better or for worse, the host nation of England honored one of their own with a segment titled "Frankie and June Say 'Thanks Tim.'"

While the segment was showing both the positive and negative impacts of constant technology on society, Berners-Lee certainly was shown the respect he deserved. Sitting at a desk, in the middle of the stadium, with a CRT monitor, he posted a message to the world through a series of thousands of tiny screens around the stadium: "This is for everyone." A simple message put exactly the way anyone who knows the man would expect.

If you truly have not seen the opening ceremony, you should. It was one of the most impressive I have experienced, and a shout-out to the creator of the technology that changed a generation and has spawned thousands of businesses was a highlight for tech junkies like us.

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