Google ‘evangelist’ sees web, brain implant link

[Sunday Star Times] The man regarded as one of the founding fathers of the internet, Vint Cerf, is in New Zealand – and he says the future of the web is in our bodies and in outer space.Vint Cerf, vice-president and “chief internet evangelist” of tech giant Google, foresees the introduction of internet capability to existing neural interface technology such as cochlear implants, allowing, as an example, web radio played direct from computer to brain. see:Vint Cerf: words from the wise [Sunday Star Times]
If you set your mind to visualising the Father of the Internet, and arrived at a fuzzy notion of a sort of North American Doctor Who, you’d be pretty close to the mark. A snow-bearded and professorial 66-year-old, dressed invariably in a formal three-piece suit, Google vice-president Vint Cerf has a youthful intensity in his eyes and an avuncular, but slightly otherworldly nature: a wise old man who has dropped by from parts unknown to tell you what the future is like.”I’ve always been slightly on the formal side,” he says of his outfits, which make him an anachronism amidst his Birkenstock-wearing tech colleagues. “I like watching Sherlock Holmes’ movies because all the guys wear three-piece suits. I’m a 19th century guy in the 21st century, and I like it,” he explains.

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