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The prediction, in brief:
What I see as interesting is the possibility that the Web will become something driven by its data rather than by its programs. What you see on your desktop won't be a function of what you spend at the store for shrink-wrapped software. It will be a function of where you have been browsing. As you browse you will discover interesting objects and you will be able to download the code to make those objects come to life, and behave on your screen or in a 3-D space in a way that an author or artist intended.

Predictor: Berners-Lee, Tim;

Prediction, in context:
Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 as a global information sharing initiative for the Internet spoke with Computer Reseller News Industry Editor Steven Burke and Senior Editor Diana Hwang at the World Wide Web conference in Boston in 1995. In response to the question, "What technology are you excited about that you see exploited on the Web now?" Berners-Lee replies: "What I see as interesting is the possibility that the Web will become something driven by its data rather than by its programs. What you see on your desktop won't be a function of what you spend at the store for shrink-wrapped software. It will be a function of where you have been browsing. As you browse you will discover interesting objects and you will be able to download the code to make those objects come to life, and behave on your screen or in a 3-D space in a way that an author or artist intended."

Biography:
Tim Berners-Lee of CERN first released his revolutionary World-Wide Web for initial use in 1991 and with it shared his invention HTML (hypertext mark-up language). He later served as director of W3 Consortium, an open forum of companies and organizations whose goal was to find ways to help the Web reach its full potential. (Pioneer/Originator.)



Date of prediction: 1/1/1995

Topic of prediction: Information Infrastructure

Subtopic: Language/Interface/Software

Name of publication: Computer Reseller News

Title, headline, chapter name: Web Inventor Berners-Lee Speaks Out on Internet Future

Quote Type: Direct quote

Page number or URL of document at time of study: Page 227

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