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Share a Time When a Seemingly Crazy Idea Led to Incredible Innovation.

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Ben Halpern

Most of computer history is crazy ideas.

Like free and open source software β€” definitely something that started out as a mostly crazy idea, became an innovation, and is now considered fairly normal/default in many cases.

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Azeez Lukman

One of the most famous examples of this is the story of the development of the World Wide Web (WWW) by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Althpough the internet existed, it was primarily used by scientists and researchers to exchange data. It lacked a user-friendly interface and a way for the average person to easily access and share information.

Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea of creating a system to link and access information through a web of interconnected documents. His proposal outlined a "hypertext project" that would allow people to browse, search, and link documents together using a simple text-based web browser. This concept was met with skepticism, as it seemed like an ambitious and impractical idea at the time. They couldn't see how it would be useful or how it could compete with existing methods of sharing information.

Despite these doubts, he developed the first web browser/editor called "WorldWideWeb" and created the first-ever website. Today, the World Wide Web is an integral part of modern life, enabling global communication, e-commerce, social networking, and countless other activities. Tim Berners-Lee's seemingly crazy idea not only transformed the internet but also had a profound impact on society, communication, and technology.