Carl Malamud: Internet Talk Radio, flame of the Internet. This is Geek of the Week. We’re talking to Tim Berners-Lee, who’s the originator of the World Wide Web, one of the most exciting resource discovery systems out there. It’s a hypertext-based system, a way of navigating the network. Welcome to Geek of the Week, Tim. Tim Berners-Lee: Thanks. …read the full transcript.
People are amazed at the growth of the Web, but the growth of the Internet, that was actually what happened from zero. So the things that you guys have done from this have been the way that we have learned.
I wrote a memo saying, “We should have a global hypertext system to fix this.” The memo, I distributed it to a few people but there’s nowhere really to distribute it to at CERN because CERN is a physics lab. It didn’t have committees for building programs and hypertext systems.
So what happened was basically nothing for eighteen months.