Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is coming to Australia at the end of January 2013, for a five-city tour. The tour includes a number of private and public events. The Gold Coast is hosting one of the free public events, at Griffith University on Saturday 2nd February.
The first round of registrations for the tour events sold out in the first week. Additional tickets will become available for the Gold Coast from Monday 21st January. You are advised to register early that day to secure a seat. You will find the link to registration available on this TBL Down Under webpage.
Tim Berners-Lee (born 1955) has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of this century. His creation has revolutionised the way people do business, entertain themselves, exchange ideas, and socialize with one another.
The cover flap of his book "Weaving The Web" states he has "never profited personally from the Web but has devoted himself to its continued growth and health" and today he continues to facilitate the Web's growth and development, as director of the World Wide Web Consortium. It appears that Tim Berners Lee's vision of the Web is "something much more than a tool for research or communication; it is a new way of thinking and a means to greater freedom and social growth than ever before possible".
After reading more about Tim Berners Lee, I was struck by his statement:
"The web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past," (Source: News at Goldcoast.com.au).
The implication of this statement, if you consider how modern life has changed with the creation of the World Wide Web, is enormous. The full impact of his vision has yet to be fully known. Getting a peak at what his personal vision is for the future of the web, is the reason I will be trying to secure a ticket to his talk at Griffith Uni. A low profile genius, who has changed our world, is someone I am keen to listen to.
This YouTube video features Tim Berners- Lee, sharing his opinion about Net Neutrality.