Date registered: Jan 2005
Vehicle: 1992 W126 300 SE
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Greatest Brit design since 1900??
World Wide Web, 1989
Designer: Tim Berners-Lee
In less than two decades, the World Wide Web has transformed the lives of millions of people by giving us free and instant access to online information. By enabling us to communicate our own ideas to other people in the same instantly accessible way, it has also changed the way we think and behave, and will continue to do so for decades.
The World Wide Web was designed by a Briton, Tim Berners-Lee (1955-). After building his first computer from a soldering iron and television set as a student at Oxford University in the mid-1970s, Berners-Lee became a software engineer. In 1980, he wrote a computer program, Enquire, to store information and to make random associations between different pieces of information.
Enquire was only ever intended for personal use, but formed the basis for Berners-Lee's work on a more ambitious project, the World Wide Web. Completed in 1989, it was intended to combine the processing power of the computer with the intuitive qualities of the human brain. Determined to make his invention available to everyone, Berners-Lee designed it as a democratic medium in which everything was equally accessible, regardless of size or quality. His dream was to enable us to use computers "to make sense of what we are doing, where we individually fit in and how we can better work together".
Has to get my vote!!!