Most of us are just average people living our ordinary (and probably boring) lives but there are some destined for greatness. These geniuses have great contributions to the world at large that will be remembered for years to come. Whatever we have in this world, we owe it all to these innovators who defied conventional wisdom and took a risk to make a difference in everyone’s lives.
Everything we have now has been invented by someone, right – the telephone, the airplane, the air conditioner, the car, and so on and so forth. Even the technology we have now all came from scratch. But wouldn’t it be cool to be the person to invent something we now use and can’t live without – the World Wide Web. How does he feel after seeing his life-changing invention shape the world we now live in? Let us all meet Tim Berners-Lee.
Who would’ve thought that his simple idea would blow out of proportion and fuel everything that we now have on the planet? Businesses need technology to reach people and make sales (profits). Even ordinary people use it on their day-to-day to access their social media accounts and connect with the people who matters to them the most. You no longer need to go to the movies to watch a good film because Youtube got you covered. Even tech staples like smartphones and tablets have all been inspired by the web, not to mention that computers and laptops that are now selling like hot pancakes.
It is only but expected to recognize the contribution of Berners-Lee in the creation of the Internet. His humble invention made global interconnectivity possible and so much more. But is he as thrilled as all of us to see how we make use of the web in our daily lives? How does he feel about cyber criminals taking advantage of his creation? Why did he create the web in the first place? The questions are endless.
Everything has a good and bad side. And it must have been disheartening for him to witness all the negativity that surrounds the web now.
He remains to be an optimist and believes that everything will fall into place as the web evolves. While we can’t always prevent people from abusing any form of technology, the potential from the Internet far outweighs any possible danger lurking in the dark corners of the web. Berners-Lee has good reason to be worried about all these things because they are a reality in our world today. People’s identities are stolen, data thefts abound and cyber criminals of all sorts are always on the lookout for a vulnerable victim.
What we just need to remember is that in a platform as open and at the same time as mysterious as the Internet, eternal vigilance can go a long way in protecting yourself from criminals that even the founder of the Internet has not prepared everyone for.
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