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Pioneer Vint Cerf fears for the future of history on the internet

Back in the 70s, Vint Cerf collaborated on a project to get different computer networks to communicate with each other. It was a success and the World Wide Web was born. The Father of the Internet is revered as a Seer and what he sees in our digital future disturbs him.
Father of the internet, Vint Cerf says new computer implants could make us superhuman. (Joi Ito/Flickr)
"My title at Google, which I didn't actually ask for, when I joined the company ten years ago, Eric and Sergey said 'Why don't you be our Chief Internet Evangelist,' and I said 'OK I can do that... I'm Geek Orthodox!" - Vint Cerf

Its been twenty-two years since  the late Bill Cameron helped introduce Canadians to this new-fangled thing called "Internet."

And who knows when we started calling it "THE Internet" instead!    

Another thing about the internet that's changed... is the sheer number of people on it. Today more than 3 billion people, or 40 per cent of the earth's population, are online.

And of course the ripple effect from that new form of communication has changed everything from the way we oppose dictators, to the way we buy books. 

Vint Cerf was one of the people who made the Internet a reality. Often called the father of the internet, he helped shepherd it through the chaos of cyber-space. He is described on the Google website as both a company vice president and "Chief Internet Evangelist."  

As part of our project Ripple Effect, Vint Cerf joined Anna Maria Tremonti from Montreal.  

If you remember your experiences with the internet in its early days, let us know.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.