Brewster Kahle, founder and librarian of the Internet Archive, has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time.
Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK.
Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.
In 1989, Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company, and was later acquired by America Online. Kahle, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance.
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, discusses the organization's mission to digitize all the world's books. He explains that in addition to making books available online, they've also built "bookmobiles" to provide printed copies to impoverished communities.
Founder Brewster Kahle discusses the inner workings of the Internet Archive's most famous service, the Wayback Machine. He explains that in addition to providing users a dose of nostalgia, it can also be used to prevent people from rewriting history.
Founder Brewster Kahle discusses the next step for the Internet Archive, which involves making its information accessible to a new type of consumer: computers. He explains that in addition to helping improve artificial intelligence, it's also important to provide information in a format that children will want to consume.