Vint Cerf

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Vint Cerf  Ph,D., contributor, is the co-inventor of the Internet and VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. Dr. Cerf's awards include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 06:14
By Vint Cerf   |   August 22, 2017 We're already past the middle of the second decade of the 21st century. Over one hundred years ago, World War I was about to start. Einstein's "annus mirabilis" papers were just nine years in the past. The first computers were about 25 years ahead, counting Conrad Zuse's 1938–1939 et. seq. work on the Z1 and Z2, especially, as seminal. 53 years ago—1964—marked the introduction of the IBM 360 computer. Roughly 40+ years ago, the first paper on the Internet's core…
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 16:18
By Vint Cerf Digital technology has drastically impacted our lives. Beyond this new threshold of interconnectedness, we should consider digital technology’s impact on citizenship and the very nature of democracy in the future. When Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1436, he knew it would ease the labor of monks who spent all day manually copying the Bible.  But he probably didn’t think it would fuel colonization of the New World, or enable representative democracy via mass produced written…
Thu, 05/04/2017 - 01:50
By Vint Cerf, Ph.D.  |  April 28, 2017 What is it about the residents of Silicon Valley that encourages risk taking? I have often wondered about that and have reached an interesting, if possibly controversial conclusion. Thinking more generally about immigration, I considered my own family history. In the mid-late 1800s, my father's family emigrated from the Alsace-Lorraine region (variously French and German) to Kentucky. A great many families came to the U.S. during that period. It is a family belief…
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 19:28
For the past decade, Vint Cerf has worked at Google as the company's vice president and chief internet evangelist. But in the 1970s Cerf co-invented some of the technologies and standards that underpinned the creation of the internet, and are still in use today. Motherboard sat down with the Father of the Internet at a charity event benefiting the Canadian Hearing Society to talk about data breaches, the Internet of Things, and how companies such as Google are working on new initiatives to close the…
Tue, 02/27/2018 - 03:35
By Vint Cerf, Ph.D.  |  February 26, 2018 I'm a big science fiction fan and robots have played a major role in some of my favorite speculative universes. The prototypical robot story came in the form of a play by Karel Čapek called "R.U.R." that stood for "Rossum's Universal Robots." Written in the 1920s, it envisaged android-like robots that were sentient and were created to serve humans. "Robot" came from the Czech word “robota” (which means “forced labor“). Needless to say, the story does not come out…