Internet creator claims that the web could cure incurable diseases

June 9th, 2009 - 6:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 9 (ANI): Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, insists that the Internet holds the potential to fight climate change and incurable diseases in future.

Speaking in New York after receiving lifetime achievement prize at the Webby awards, Berners-Lee said that the increasing mass of online information could help experts spot breakthroughs in the battles against illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as global warming.

The Webby awards honour excellence in the world of Internet.

“The (internet) explodes when somebody has the creativity to look at a piece of data that has been put there for one reason but realises they can connect it with something else,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

He added: “(Like) cure a disease or figure out something to do with Alzheimer’s… or cancer… or realise something about global warming because we managed to get all the data about the state of the world out there on the web. Giving people access to the data gives scientists huge amounts of power, it gives citizens huge amounts of power.”

Berners-Lee thought about the World Wide Web in 1989 to provide scientists with a way to share and search electronic documents.

The Oxford University-alumni is currently working as a professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, US. (ANI)

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