Mirror Worlds: Discovering the Outer Edges of Possible
David Gelernter, Professor of Computer Science, Yale University
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As Professor of Computer Science at Yale, David Gelernter has worked on interfaces, information management and artificial intelligence. His book, Mirror Worlds, published in 1991, was said to have predicted the World Wide Web, and his earlier work on tuple spaces directly influenced Sun Microsystems' development of Java.
Dr. Gelernter's work on the "Lifestreams" system, a term he coined in the 1990s, anticipated today's stream-based tools on major social-networking sites and much other ongoing work on "lifestreaming". The name has since become generic.
David Gelernter, professor of Computer Science at Yale University, discusses his 1991 vision of the future of the internet, detailed in his book, Mirror Worlds. He saw the internet as a spacial reflection of reality, when in actuality, it has become more oriented around time than space.