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Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf is an American computer scientist who is the "person most often called the father of the Internet".
(1943 - )

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Although I've had several major career changes, I was extremely hesitant about making some of them.
 

At some point, you can't lift this boulder with just your own strength. And if you find that you need to move bigger and bigger boulders up hills, you will need more and more help.
 

But what we all have to learn is that we can't do everything ourselves.
 

First of all, in terms of investment in Internet-related developments, venture capitalists - once burned - are now very cautious and are investing in areas that actually make business sense.
 

I expect to see a lot of household appliances on the Net by 2010, as well as autos and other mobile devices.
 

I was very nervous about going up to teach at Stanford and very nervous even about going to ARPA.
 

I'm projecting somewhere between 100 million and 200 million computers on the Net by the end of December 2000, and about 300 million users by that same time.
 

In a small company, you often see a lot more of what goes on in a broader range of things. And that's good.
 

In the earliest days, this was a project I worked on with great passion because I wanted to solve the Defense Department's problem: it did not want proprietary networking and it didn't want to be confined to a single network technology.
 

In the larger companies, you have this tendency to get top-down direction.
 

Movie distribution may very well have migrated fully to digital form by then, making a huge dent in the need to print film and physically distribute content.
 

My reaction to a lot of the current situation that we're in is based in part on a serious concern that the present administration's course ignores reality.
 

So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying, precisely because of the ability of bringing critical mass to bear on a given effort.
 

The computer would do anything you programmed it to do.
 

The Internet lives where anyone can access it.
 

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people - the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down.
 

Their Internet usage is growing very rapidly, and even they can do the math: If everyone in China needed an IPv4 address - just one - this country would use up one third of the entire public IP address space.
 

There has been a substitution of ideology for fact and scientific and engineering data in this administration.
 

There is an underlying, fundamental reliance on the Internet, which continues to grow in the number of users, country penetration and both fixed and wireless broadband access.
 

There was something amazingly enticing about programming.
 


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