Why Vint Cerf Joined Google

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Vint Cerf Talks Google
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As you no doubt recall, Vint Cerf, father of the internet, and more specifically TCP/IP recently joined Google. His job description as "chief internet evangelist" is pointless as a description of his job, but Jim over at Stepforth has put together a nice summary of the known facts that add some small amount of clarity to Google's "vanity hire".

Google's stated mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." Cerf's view of this mission extends to include all possible information infrastructures such as appliances, interactive advertising, movies and any other form of digital data. "I see Google creating information infrastructure, literally, as it goes about adding applications to the things it can do. And that's what's exciting, because that information infrastructure has all kind of possibilities," Cerf said.

The Internet, as seen by Cerf, is comprised of layers of technology stacked upon one another starting with the basic connectivity protocols TCP/IP. As the layers of technology grow upwards from one computer or server to an entire network, the model grows outwards, sort of an inverse pyramid. Google has already inserted itself into several of these layers with its core search tool and supporting applications such as GMail, Google Earth, Local Search, Blogger, and Google Talk. Cert sees Google working towards forming what he calls an "Upper-Level Infrastructure" of products, services and applications.

With talk like that, even I get excited about what Google could do, fear makes way for enthusiasm if you will...

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wow

Reading some of what that guy has worked on made me choke.

corp speak

Google has already inserted itself into several of these layers with its core search tool and supporting applications such as GMail, Google Earth, Local Search, Blogger, and Google Talk.

Sorry, that's still only one layer in the iso model.

I guess Blogger doesn't use TCP/IP... not

yah, all those apps sit on layer 5 (or 7, depending on what model you use), right?

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