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Inventor of the web, Berners-Lee looks to future


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Tim Berners-Lee believes that web searches today pale in comparison to "what could be achieved on the 'web of the future'". A ground-breaking technology known as the 'semantic web' could connect every piece of data, not just a web page, and allow those pieces to communicate with each other.

"One expected application is in the pharmaceutical industry, where previously unconnected pieces of research into a drug or disease, say, could be brought together and assimilated."

There are huge challenges - technology, security and freedom, among them. Berners-Lee, who is now a director of the Web Science Research Initiative, a collaborative project between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton, has been a sturdy defender of the freedom of the web since he first invented it.