He changed our lives!
Vint Cerf was at WCIT 2008 in Kuala Lumpur as Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google but most of the world know him better as the Father of the Internet. Sitting there listening to him yesterday, I couldn’t help but reflect on my first experience with the Internet – how I had stayed up several days and nights to use this brand new technology that enabled me to roam around the world discovering information that had been very difficult to access until then; easily communicate with people all around the world exchanging ideas, sharing experiences and making friends. It is difficult to remember how I managed to do anything before the Internet came into my life.
It blew my mind to sit there and listen to this great man talk about his vision for the Internet for 2035 – how he expected the internet would grow, what devices would be like, where convergence and innovation would take place, where and how barriers would come down. He talked for 45 minutes but the time just flew and the mind was totally engaged. The possibilities that he eluded to became real and one hoped one would be around to see it all happen.
I just had to go and shake his hand and talk to him if I could. Like John Gage he was totally approachable and very easy to talk to. Being in the company of such minds, one felt overwhelmed and yet inspired.
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