Although I consider myself a bit of a computer history nut, there is a ton of it and so I definitely still don’t know a lot of it. For example, I didn’t know that Gore never said “I created the internet”, and what he did say was actually a factual statement that was taken out of context by comedians.
It is interesting reflecting on that, being so ready to believe that he had said something absolutely delusional and having no skepticism about it for all these years. I guess we all have our blind spots….
Al Gore promoted legislation that funded ARPANET among other things. That was what he was referring to.
The actual quote, in some context, was:
I’ll be offering my vision when my campaign begins. And it will be comprehensive and sweeping. And I hope that it will be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will be. But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I’ve traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.
Elaine Ou is a blockchain engineer at Global Financial Access, a financial technology company in San Francisco. Previously she was a lecturer in the electrical and information engineering department at the University of Sydney.
Nick Szabo is a computer scientist and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency.
Planning on reviewing the following material from the FiRe conference web site (will probably stab away at my felting projects while listening:
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