The computer scientist on what would have been his 82 birth anniversary was honored by Google. Michael Dertouzos who predicted long ago the impact of the internet in people’s lives died on August 27′ 2001. Michael, a Greek by birth predicted how the internet would change the world and systems of the world. Born on November 5, 1936, he graduated from the Athens college. He went onto attend Arkansas College on a Fullbright scholarship. Michael held an honorary Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; later he worked at the MIT as a faculty member. Michael Dertouzos also went onto head Laboratory for Computer Science in the year 1974.

Michael Dertouzos, the MIT scientist, has remarkable innovations and expansion credits in his name. He constructed the US base of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) along with a team of others. You’d be surprised to know that Michael Dertouzos hired Tim Berners Lee to run the W3C which actually is an international standards organization that oversees the World Wide Web’s growth. He is known as one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web.

By the 1980’s, Michael Dertouzos called the World Wide Web as an information marketplace. To assess the impact of the internet, he penned his thoughts in his book “What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives.” Minus the hype of WWW, Michael basically said that the internet would be a medium where people and their computers will buy, sell and exchange information for free.

What makes Michael Dertouzos memorable is
written in his last work: “2001’s The Unfinished Revolution: Human-Centered Computers and What They Can Do For Us.” He always and especially in his last book called for the use of technology for humanity’s betterment and progress. Michael Dertouzos was of the opinion that we as humans made a mistake 300 years ago when we separated technology from mankind and that we should put them back together.


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