Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Legend in Saarbrücken

Wooooow - Vint Cerf was in Saarbrücken on Friday.
What? Did I hear "Who the hell 's that?"??? Hello?! Vint Cerf was one of the developers of what you're using just now to see this site! No, not your eyes, dumbass! THE INTERNET!

Vint Cerf was already working on the ARPANET, the first packet switching computer network. He is responsible for developing things like the TCP/IP-protocol. He is current Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He was given tons of awards and overall... seems a really cool guy!

Anyway, this legend was here (everyone was awestruck). In one of the crappiest lecture halls that we have: the mathematics lecture hall 001 at Saarbrücken campus.
But Vint coped. And he talked. And talked, and talked, and talked (overall an impressive two hours).

He spoke about "Tracking the Internet into the 21st Century", e.g. explicating his idea of an InterPlaNetary internet and achievements of google and useful things like internet-enabled socks. =)
I like his Question-Answer-part in the end the most, because the questions were relevant, and his answers to the point. It was great that an information scientist had the opportunity to ask about Vint's view of the importance of information science in combination with computer science (Did I mention that I'm an information scientist?). Vint said that due to the analytical theories made in computer science (Where is the science in computer science?), computer scientists don't really have an understanding of information theory. He sees huge developing opportunities for both information and computer scientists. (YEAH! Did I also mention that the Saarland university decided to stop this study course here?)

I scribbled down lots of notes, so when I'm sorting them out, I'll blog some more of his opinions, but this one was really important to me, since it shows the stupidity of this university.

So far so good, so much for now.

It was a very impressive talk and I'm glad to have joined it.

Best wishes,


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