“Toward Universal Access to All Knowledge” presented by pioneering Internet access innovator Brewster Kahle, takes place 7-8:15 p.m., Wed., Mar. 18, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reserve your free tickets at https://www.msri.org/general_events/20845. A ticket is required for admission to the auditorium.
Mr. Kahle will focus on the questions: Will we allow ourselves to re-invent our concept of libraries to expand and to use the new technologies? Can we make all the published works of humankind accessible to everyone, no matter where they are in the world.
Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world. By using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within the current worldwide library budget.
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: Universal Access to All Knowledge. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Mr. Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) and established WAIS, Inc. He also founded the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital libraries in the world. With a staff of nearly 150, and 100 partnering libraries, the organization is working to create an online catalog of every book ever created.
Mr. Kahle received a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Mary Austin, started The Kahle/Austin Foundation, which supports the Internet Archive along with other non-profit organizations with similar goals. Mr. Kahle also founded Open Content Alliance, a group of organizations contributing to a permanent, publicly accessible archive of digitized texts. He is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the European Archive, and the Television Archive. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from Simmons College and an honorary doctorate in Law from the University of Alberta.
His talk is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of six public lectures in 2014–15, which are jointly presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC). They are made possible with funding from the Simons Foundation.