Lovelace lecture 2007

Looking back, looking forward

Speaker: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the worldwide web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium.

The lecture will consider the essential properties of the web which allow it to play its role. One is its universality, another is the layering of the technologies; yet another is the independence of the web design from applications built on it and the internet layer upon which it is built.

The web is both a technical and a social creation - dependent on both technical protocols and social conventions. Largescale emergent phenomena, planned and unplanned, are also a function of the huge size and complexity of the web. Understanding the web as connected humanity is a multidisciplinary field we can call web science.