Bowling with God: Vint Cerf Talks Time Travel, Porn, and Web Addiction

They say that success has many parents but failure is an orphan. Judged by that standard — or any other — the Internet is a success. Al Gore invented it. Tim Berners-Lee got a knighthood out of it. Everyone was using it before it was cool. But only two men have ever borne the title “Father of the Internet.” One is the late computer scientist Bob Kahn. The other is Vint Cerf.If it’s hard to appreciate what Vint Cerf accomplished, it’s only because of its ever-presence. Somewhere around 1973, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn found a way to make machines talk to each other using a protocol called TCP/IP. The protocol was simple, elegant, and catchy. Nearly anything could use it. People said it would run over two tin cans and a piece of string. Today, it runs over everything. It’s not just computers. In the “Internet of Things,” thermostats, refrigerators and toasters are using it. Television programming and telephone networks are switching to it. It’s like Douglas Adams’ babelfish reduced to a series of packet headers. When we finally have to bow down to our robot overlords, we’ll probably have to learn how to speak TCP/IP just to beg for our lives. Thanks, Vint.Vint Cerf’s interests and accomplishments range far and wide. When we spoke with him, he was working on latency problems associated with sending and receiving network signals to and from deep space. And he was preoccupied by global warming. Obviously, there was a lot to find out about Vint Cerf.But what we really wanted to find out was how the father of the Internet would handle a 7-10 split.
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