A Look Ahead Into the Future of Tech
When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he saw a future no one else could have imagined and changed our lives forever. Now he is looking ahead to our next, new un-imagined future. What does that look like? What will it mean for your business and our society? Sir Tim takes his audiences beyond the technology itself, for example - The Internet of Things, Future of Artificial Intelligence, The Next Web Paradigm Shift, The Power of Data, Impact of Security and Privacy on the Web and business and into the real transformative impact these technologies are having and will have in the years ahead.
Bold, New Tech Strategies for Business
Just to survive, every business needs to quickly adopt and adapt to changing technology. But to leapfrog over the competition, businesses need to use new technology as a source of innovation. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is an authority on tech innovation and how businesses can harness it for competitive advantage. In this speech, the tech futurist and guru offers insight into business strategies to innovate the way companies invest, connect with consumers better and faster, manage global projects, and use big data to make bold decisions. Sir Tim helps businesses think through how existing tech strategy will change as the next 3 billion users come on line, and the resulting changes in social media and market connectedness. Just as he did when he created the Web from a blank canvas, Sir Tim discusses the importance of innovation and creativity in a digital world. He also outlines how to embrace the Internet of Things and AI, corporate responsibility for cybersecurity, the role of the effective CTO, and the Board of Directors' responsibilities to minimize risk while maximizing digital strategic opportunity and opens up thinking with his visionary ideas on the potential markets of the future of tech.
The Future of the Web
Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It has changed the world in ways we could have never have imagined in Business, Education, and Government. The way we buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate has been transformed. The Web has advanced medical research, helped solve complex health problems and advanced the pursuit of freedom and democracy. More recently the Web has moved from Web of documents to a Web of data moving us faster forward. How will the future of the Web impact existing strategies and vision? Where are the threats and opportunities in the Web that awaits us? Sir Tim discusses how he conceived and developed the Web, and details what’s next on the horizon for the Web we know today.
Security and the Web of Things
With leadership, society and security as themes, Web security is a constant battle. The broader tech community is in a time of an out-and-out battle between attackers and defenders. How does society assure that the same open platform of the Web will continue? The Internet of things is interesting for the future of the Web and of business. The Web of Data includes everything from bank statements, to fitness apps to mapping. Privacy, authenticity and access control centralization will become key areas for businesses. There is a decision to be made to what extent this Web we create will be interoperable. Linking information across a company is hard enough. What happens when everything you buy becomes related? Standards and the ways companies are connecting turbines or smart watches all will hinge on the interoperability of standards. Distributed applications will impact the commercial world. Companies need information to make decisions on how to support business for the future.
Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE in the news
Tim Berners-Lee's plan to fix the World Wide Web featured in Vanity Fair
Inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE was the subject of a fascinating profile in Vanity Fair magazine about his vision for the future of the internet. Expressing concerns and regrets about his invention-- which he has seen debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance-- Berners-Lee also outlined a path for the future, highlighting how we can ensure his vision of a safe and open web. His insightful and moving Vanity Fair interview quickly made headlines in other outlets, including Business Insider and NBC News. Currently at the helm of the Open Data Institute, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, Berners-Lee remains passionately involved in shaping the future of the web, and has been working on a new platform, entitled Solid, to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots. As the president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, said of Berners-Lee in the article: “He is the Martin Luther King of our new digital world." Regularly in-demand to shed light on the future of tech, recently Berners-Lee has been sought-out to deliver keynotes at numerous high-profile events including the Tigo Business Forum on AI, the MPOWER Cybersecurity Summit, and ConnectWise's IT Nation. In his captivating keynotes, he shares insights into both how to apply new technologies for competitive advantage, and thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create and how to protect ourselves, regularly earning praise such as: "I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful event last night. The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and all the guests greatly valued your insights and perspectives. A number commented to me that it was the best EY event they had ever attended. That is a testament to your genius and interactive style" (Ernst & Young).
Tim Berners-Lee makes headlines as he weighs in on the ongoing Facebook debate
Inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE shared his advice for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, taking to Twitter to express that the social media platform can be fixed and sharing his insights on the future of the web. In a series of nine powerful tweets that garnered thousands of retweets and likes, Berners-Lee laid out his advice for web-users, journalists, digital rights organizations, research organizations, and society in general, to express his optimism about the responsible use of data and security of the web. As one of his tweets read, “My message to all web users today is this: I may have invented the web, but you make it what it is. And it’s up to all of us to build a web that reflects our hopes & fulfills our dreams more than it magnifies our fears & deepens our divisions.” Berners-Lee’s commentary quickly made headlines in Business Insider, Boston Business Journal, MarketWatch, IT PRO and more. A leading voice in the conversation surrounding technological innovation and the future of the web, Berners-Lee is the Founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, which works for a world where everyone has the same rights and opportunities online. He was just sought-out to keynote the prestigious Government Communications Forum, where he addressed an audience of 5,000 officials and thought leaders and further shed light on the need to keep the web open and transparent, and his concerns about ongoing threats. Recently named one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds” by Forbes and “The 10 Greatest Living Scientists in the World Today” by BigThink, Berners-Lee brings his bold vision and fascinating insights to audiences worldwide. As Imago Techmedia raved of Berners-Lee: “Sir Tim was incredible and really well received both during the CIO roundtable and the keynote ... he totally wowed the crowd. Our keynote theatre was far too small and we ended up streaming his session live to the 21 other theatres on the show floor... Frankly, he’s the perfect keynoter for a show like IP EXPO and his participation gave us a huge amount of coverage. My only challenge following the keynote is the volume of internal and external questions saying how the heck was I going to follow up from that!”
Tim Berners-Lee named the greatest living scientist in the world today
Big Think named Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE to their list of “The 10 Greatest Living Scientists in the World Today,” for his invaluable scientific contribution”: the invention of the World Wide Web. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work, Berners-Lee is credited with his proposal to share information by using the technology of hypertext—the cornerstone of the world wide web—and for making the world’s first website in 1991. Today, as the President and Founder of the Open Data Institute, Berners-Lee works to secure the future of his invention, and is frequently sought-out for his insight into the future of tech. As Ernst & Young raved of Berners-Lee: “The feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and all the guests greatly valued your insights and perspectives. A number commented to me that it was the best EY event they had ever attended. That is a testament to your genius and interactive style."
Sir Tim Berners-Lee makes headlines following keynote on the future of tech
Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE made headlines in Fortune, American Banker, and Coin Desk following his informative keynote on the future of tech and the blockchain industry at the inaugural Swell By Ripple conference. Addressing hundreds of bankers and corporate influencers, Berners-Lee illuminated how blockchain and the web will connect, and how average citizens will soon interact with blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The audience enthusiastically tweeted insights and praise during Berners-Lee’s keynote such as: “What an awesome session!”; “Sir Tim Berners-Lee inventor of World Wide Web on "A LOOK AHEAD INTO THE FUTURE OF TECH", standing room only at Swell day 2 #swellbyripple”; “Sir Tim Berners-Lee, up close. "Defend the Web. Keep it neutral." Build your digital tools responsibly. #SwellbyRipple,” and one tweet featuring video of his speech racked up one thousand views.Read a follow-up to Tim Berners-Lee’s keynote on Fortune >>
Artificial Intelligence & Digital Disruption
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Tim Berners-Lee named 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes
Visionary inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE was awarded a spot on Forbes’ prestigious list of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” Recognized for his invaluable and truly revolutionary contribution to society, as well as his continued thought-leadership and business acumen as the President and Founder of the Open Data Institute, Tim Berners-Lee contributed an op-ed “On Openness” as part of the honor. Berners-Lee shared how from the outset he imagined the Web as an “open, universal space, where anyone, anywhere could take their ideas and bring them to life without having to ask for permission or pay royalties.” This openness is at the core of Berners-Lee’s work today, and he has made headlines and received countless awards—including the “Nobel Prize of Computing” the 2017 Turing Award— for his expertise and dedication to what the Web needs today. As Berners-Lee wrote in Forbes, "For the economic, social and political benefit of all, the Web must be recognized as a public good."
Sir Tim Berners-Lee honored for his lifetime commitment to technology innovation
Inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee was honored with The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s (MassTLC) highest honor: the Commonwealth Award. The largest and most powerful technology association in the region, MassTLC hosts an annual awards ceremony known as the “Academy Awards for Tech,” at which Berners-Lee was recognized for his lifetime commitment to technology innovation. Named one of TIME’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Berners-Lee created the first web server and browser, as well as the naming scheme (URLs), communications protocol (HTTP), and language for webpages (HTML). As the President and CEO of MassTLC Tom Hopcroft said: “The tech industry, and the world, owe a debt of gratitude to Sir Tim Berners-Lee for his vision of a more open and accessible World Wide Web… [H]is fundamental contributions, build upon and continue an evolution of innovation that has redefined the world. And, his commitment to openness and equality is ensuring that the benefits are shared widely.”
An evening for Sir Tim Berners-Lee held in honor of World Wide Web inventor
Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE was awarded the prestigious Axel Springer Award for his invention of the World Wide Web at an event held in his honor and attended by top representatives from media, politics, business, culture and science in Berlin. Awarded annually to an individual that has demonstrated an exceptional talent for innovation, has transformed markets and shaped culture, the Axel Springer Award is given to truly outstanding figures and Sir Tim is the second-ever recipient. At Sir Tim’s request, the focus of the evening’s celebration was on meaningful dialogue between attendees, all of whom highlighted the multi-faceted and far-reaching influence of Sir Tim’s invention. In his welcoming remarks, the CEO of Axel Springer SE said: “After speech, writing and printing, the World Wide Web is the fourth blessing in communication for humanity. The fact that we use it at all is thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. His contribution to the spread of knowledge that people can share with one another is a gift of incalculable value. That is why it is even more remarkable that today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee points out several critical developments.”Read Sir Tim Berners-Lee's interview following the event >>
Sir Tim Berners-Lee wins the prestigious Turing Award
The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded inventor of the World Wide Web Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE the prestigious Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize” of the computing industry. Awarded annually to an individual who made “major contributions of lasting importance to computing,” the Turing Award “marks another pinnacle” for Sir Tim, who has also been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth and named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.” The announcement of Sir Tim as the Turing recipient made headlines from Forbes and CBS to TechCrunch and Wired, and also resulted in an interview with The Guardian where Sir Tim addressed concerns about the future of the internet and the protection of individuals’ privacy. As Sir Tim told the Associated Press of the award: “It’s a crowning achievement. But I think the award is for the Web as a project, and the massive international collaborative spirit of all that have joined me to help.”Watch Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s CNNTech Interview, following his award announcement >>
Tim Berners-Lee awarded prestigious Innovation Award at Global Financial Leadership Conference
Internationally-recognized pioneer and inventor of the World Wide Web TIM BERNERS-LEE was the 12th recipient of the prestigious Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award, presented at the esteemed Global Financial Leadership Conference. An award that represents the signature program of the Chicago Market Exchange (CME) Group’s Center for Innovation—a center that creates and sponsors original programming that shapes both the public and private sectors— the Innovation Award celebrates innovation that transforms society, improving the economic well-being of individuals, industries and nations. As Co-Founder of the award Leo Melamed said, “The value of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention is impossible to describe or to measure… It literally enabled all the people on Planet Earth to be connected. It is difficult to find a greater achievement.” Presented during the CME Group’s high-profile Global Financial Leadership Conference attended by the top executives of the financial industry, the Innovation Award recipient is selected by a council comprised of Nobel Laureates and professors from the top schools in the United States. "I am honored to receive the 2016 CME Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award," Berners-Lee said. "The web was designed as a means of sharing information. Let us all continue to encourage the use of technology to foster creativity, innovation, positive connection and democracy for all." During the conference Berners-Lee also delivered a spellbinding speech on the value of open data and applying artificial intelligence to business.Watch highlights from Berners-Lee's remarks >>
Documentary brings Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the internet to life
Though the internet may be the most revolutionary and widely-used invention of the 21st century, the story of its birth at the hands of visionary TIM BERNERS-LEE is a lesser-known tale. The documentary Foreveryone.net seeks to change this, diving into the origins of Tim Berner-Lee’s transformative invention and his call to make “internet access a human right.” A brilliant mind and staunch advocate for increased connectivity in populations without internet access and an “online magna carta” to protect privacy and free speech, Tim Berners-Lee is at the heart of the documentary that sparked excited conversation during its highly-anticipated Sundance Film Festival screening. With the myriad uses of the internet still advancing at breakneck speeds, Foreveryone.net is a crucial examination of the World Wide Web’s future from the man most qualified to offer up analysis.Watch the Foreveryone.net trailer >>
Wall Street Journal Trailblazer, Tim Berners-Lee shares where groundbreaking innovation comes from
When the Wall Street Journal sought to interview, “pioneers in science, medicine, and technology”— people deemed “trailblazers”— TIM BERNERS-LEE, inventor of the World Wide Web, was a natural choice. Included in TIME’s list of “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Berners-Lee revolutionized the way the world communicates, paving the way for future technological advances for generations to come. In the WSJ Trailblazers Video Series, Berners-Lee reveals how innovation is subconsciously part of our everyday thinking, the power of basing new, groundbreaking ideas in existing technologies, and how to inspire innovation in the next generation— they are messages he shares with rapt audiences worldwide.Watch Video >>
How Can the Web Be Improved?
Founder of the World Wide Web SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE attended the Decentralized Web Summit where he and other computer scientists brainstormed newer technologies to create a web with more privacy and less government control, as well as ways of storing scientific data without having to pay storage fees to companies like Amazon, Dropbox or Google. In this New York Times article, Mr. Berners-Lee states, “The web is already decentralized. The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.”Read more...
Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Star of New Short Film by Oscar Winning Director
Very few people know the origin tale of what inspired SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE to create the most powerful communication tool of our time, but now light will be shed in a new short film by Oscar-Winning Director Jessica Yu, entitled ForEveryone.net. Backed by the Ford Foundation, the documentary traces Sir Tim's story and the present-day issues in the digital age. Sir Tim and Miss Yu were at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and the film received glowing reviews.Read more...
Sir Tim Answers Q's on Reddit AMA
From questions about net neutrality, to the future of the web and what his favorite thing is beyond the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee answers audience q's on Reddit AMA.Read more...
What is the Future of Technology?
SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE delivered an engaging keynote speech at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity about Artificial Intelligence. Sir Tim has the distinction of inventing the World Wide Web, yet he is primarily a leader on the future of technology. It is interesting that he gave these remarks to a room full of professionals whose industry balances between art and science, and painted the future picture of what advertising and marketing look like if AI machines take over - but will they?Read more about Sir Tim's remarks to CMO's about AI...
Yale Honors Sir Tim Berners-Lee for Changing the Way We Live
Yale awards SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering & Technology, citing: "As the creator of the World Wide Web, you have transformed our global village, revolutionized the flow of knowledge, and changed the way we live. Generous with your genius, you shared your invention without restrictions or royalties. By conceiving hypertext protocols for the Internet, you put the power of computing in the hands of almost anyone, with the goal of making the Web a universal medium. You have democratized access to information, and in so doing, have made the sum of human knowledge greater than its separate parts. You have woven the web that connects us all, and we are honored to name you Doctor of Engineering and Technology."Read more...
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With many scientists participating in experiments at CERN and returning to their laboratories around the world, these scientists were eager to exchange data and results but had difficulties doing so. Sir Tim understood this need, and understood the unrealized potential of millions of computers connected together through the Internet.
Sir Tim documented what was to become the World Wide Web with the submission of a proposal specifying a set of technologies that would make the Internet truly accessible and useful to people. Despite initial setbacks and with perseverance, by October of 1990, he had specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): HTML, URL, and HTTP.
He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb”) and the first Web server (“?httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served. By 1991, people outside of CERN joined the new Web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web technology would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis.
Since that time, the Web has changed the world, arguably becoming the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. Whereas only roughly one-third of the people on the planet are currently using the Web (and the Web Foundation aims to accelerate this growth substantially), the Web has fundamentally altered the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate, meet and love, and tackle problems ranging from putting food on our tables to curing cancer.
In 2007, Sir Tim recognized that the Web’s potential to empower people to bring about positive change remained unrealized by billions around the world. Announcing the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, he once again confirmed his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all where people can share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance and communicate in creative ways.
A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.