Vint Cerf: Actually, the Internet’s going to be just fine

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One of the perks of co-curating TED isn’t just getting to work with speakers, but also talking with brilliant people in the audience.

Danny Hillis gave a sobering presentation, «The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B,» at TED2013, sharing his worry about the exponential growth of the Internet. We need a backup plan, he said, should all else fail — or risk being plunged into a digital dark age. Who better to respond to this idea than Vint Cerf, who 40 years ago helped create the Internet? And whom I knew was sitting in the audience?

Vint agreed to answer a few questions about Danny’s talk from the stage. He shared his perspective on the evolution of the system he helped design, and gave us his own manifesto for what to do now. This video is an edited look at what he told us.

«Now, it’s absolutely true that the Internet is getting bigger and bigger, and more and…

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