The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.

— Tim Berners-Lee

The most exciting Tim Berners-Lee quotes to discover and learn by heart

Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make.

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The power of the Web is in its universality.

Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.

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The web is more a social creation than a technical one.

I designed it for a social effect - to help people work together - and not as a technical toy.

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In '93 to '94, every browser had its own flavor of HTML.

So it was very difficult to know what you could put in a Web page and reliably have most of your readership see it.

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The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet.

The future is still so much bigger than the past.

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It's time to recognise the internet as a basic human right.

That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of web users regardless of where they live.

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I invented the web just because I needed it really because it was so frustrating that it didn't exit.

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Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.

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The internet explodes when somebody has the creativity to look at a piece of data that's put there for one reason and realise they can connect it with something else.

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We need to look at the whole society and think, "Are we actually thinking about what we're doing as we go forward, and are we preserving the really important values that we have in society? Are we keeping it democratic, and open, and so on?"

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Acceptance is the spiritual hammock.

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You affect the world by what you browse.

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About Tim Berners-Lee

Quotes 80 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Inventor
Birthday 8 June 1955

When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission.

Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA.

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If different cultures connect with each other, they are less likely to want to shoot each other.

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There are billions of neurons in our brains, but what are neurons? Just cells.

The brain has no knowledge until connections are made between neurons. All that we know, all that we are, comes from the way our neurons are connected.

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The search button on the browser no longer provides an objective search, but a commercial one.

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We shouldn't build a technology to colour, or grey out, what people say.

The media in general is balanced, although there are a lot of issues to be addressed that the media rightly pick up on.

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The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information.

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I don't believe in the sort of "Eureka!" moment idea.

I think it's a myth. I'm very suspicious that actually Archimedes had been thinking about that problem for a long time.

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It was never clear that it wouldn't just stop (the WWW).

Any time during that exponential growth, it could have stalled. I think we were never very confident until 1993.

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We can't blame the technology when we make mistakes.

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A hacker to me is someone creative who does wonderful things.

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It’s the whole cat and mouse game between the readers and writers that makes the web work.

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Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily.

They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.

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[The internet] ought to be like clay, rather than a sculpture that you observe from a distance.

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Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.

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You can’t propose that something be a universal space and at the same time keep control of it.

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Web applications will become more and more ubiquitous throughout our human environment, with walls, automobile dashboards, refrigerator doors all serving as displays giving us a window onto the Web.

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Universality has been the key enabler of innovation on the Web and will continue to be so in the future.

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Technology innovation is starting to explode and having open-source material out there really helps this explosion. You get students and researchers involved and you get people coming through and building start ups based on open source products.

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Software companies should take more responsibility for security holes, especially in browsers and e-mail clients. There are some straightforward things the industry should be doing right now to fix things, and I don't know why they haven't been done yet.

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AI is not just heading for our industry, it will radically change the machinery we use in marketing.

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If I had taken a proprietary control of the Web, then it would never have taken off. People only committed their time to it because they knew it was open, shared: that they could help decide what would happen to it next.. and I wouldn't be raking off 10%!

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Forming of a web of information nodes rather than a hierarchical tree or an ordered list is the basic concept behind HyperText.

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The more you enter, the more you become locked in.

Your social-networking site becomes a central platform - a closed silo of content, and one that does not give you full control over your information in it. The more this kind of architecture gains widespread use, the more the Web becomes fragmented, and the less we enjoy a single, universal information space.

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What I do has to be a function of what I can do, not a function of what people ask me to do.

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In many ways, people growing up with the Web and now the Semantic Web take the power at their fingertips for granted.

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It was the academic community who wired up their universities so it was put together by smart, well-meaning people who thought it was a good idea.

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The web is more a social creation than a technical one.

I designed it for a social effect - to help people work together - and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world. We clump into families, associations, and companies. We develop trust across the miles and distrust around the corner.

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When you understand things, there's no more magic.

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I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years.

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Things can change so fast on the internet.

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When you go onto the internet, if you really rummage around randomly then how do you hope to find something of any of value?

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The nice thing about programming at the RDF level is that you can just say, I'll ask for all the books. You can ask for all the shelves. You can ask for a given shelf whether a book was on it. And you're not worrying so much about the underlying syntax.

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What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents - then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice.

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[With AI] Somebody's going to have to think of a completely new algorithm, a new way of doing goal-based planning.

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The concept of the Web is of universal readership.

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I want to know if I look up a whole lot of books about some form of cancer that that's not going to get to my insurance company and I'm going to find my insurance premium is going to go up by 5% because they've figured I'm looking at those books.

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When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.

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