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Blockchain is not required for Web 3.0, according to the Internet's father.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, known as the "Father of the Internet," is widely regarded as the creator of the WorldWideWeb (WWW). He recently stated that the decentralized internet he wishes to build with his Solid project does not require blockchain technology.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee stated during one of The Next Web website's recent conferences that the decentralized internet that he wishes to promote will not require blockchain. He has his own vision for what will replace the web: a decentralized architecture that gives users control over their data.

Berners-Lee has long advocated for the decentralization of his own creation, the World Wide Web. As a result, when asked if Web 3.0 meets his requirements during The Next Web conferences, he responded with a simple but forceful "nope."

Project Solid's Ambitions for the Father of the Internet

Berners-Lee has been working on 'Project Solid' for several years. Web 3.0 is based on blockchain and is built with standard web tools and open specifications.

Private information is stored in decentralized data stores called pods in Berners-project. Lee's They can be hosted wherever the user desires. Users can then specify which apps have access to their data. This project's goal is to provide interoperability, speed, scalability, and privacy.

"When you try to build those things on the blockchain, it just doesn't work," he said.

Berners-Lee speaking at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation
Berners-Lee speaking at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation. Credit.

According to Berners-Lee, Solid serves two distinct purposes. The first is to prevent companies from using our data for unsolicited purposes such as voter manipulation and clickbait generation. The second goal is to provide opportunities for people to benefit from our information.

For example, health care data could be shared between trusted services in this manner to improve treatment and support medical research.

"I wanted to be able to solve problems when part of the solution is in my head and part of the solution is in yours, and we're both connected to the internet on the other side of the world." This is what I envisioned for the WWW. It became more of a platform for content distribution, but all is not lost."

Tim Berners-Lee’s first web server in the world.
Tim Berners-Lee’s first web server in the world.

Forays into the Crypto World

Tim Berners-Lee is no stranger to the world of cryptocurrency. An NFT containing the original source code of the World Wide Web was sold for $5.43 million in July 2021.

The auctioned NFT includes the original time-stamped files created by its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, in 1989 while working at CERN. The company rejected Berners-proposal Lee's because it was too vague to proceed.

Despite CERN's rejection, Berners-Lee remained hopeful and wrote the implementation of three languages and protocols himself. In the end, the internet was made up of 9,555 lines of code.

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