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Robert Melancton Metcalfe (Co-inventor of Ethernet and UTAustin Professor of Innovation)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: Lessons from 50 Years of Internet Connectivity
Webinar Date: May 7, 2021
The world has indeed changed. And the most important new fact about the human condition is that we are now suddenly … connected. We celebrated the 50th birthday of the Internet in 2019, and it’s almost as if we built the Internet to transcend COVID-19. Connectivity is a thing. It has its benefits (freedom and prosperity), dimensions, laws (like Metcalfe’s Law), disruptions, pathologies, and paradoxes. We are suffering pathologies like porno, spam, security breaches, privacy violations, hate speech, fake news – because the Internet’s connectivity has come so fast to over half the human race. And we humans are already outnumbered ~2:1 on the Internet – there are 8 billion “things” here already. We are still learning to deal with all this connectivity, and ready or not here comes the augmented video mobile gigabit Internet of Things.
Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe is well into his 2nd decade as Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
He invented Ethernet at Parc on May 22, 1973. Today Ethernet is the Internet’s standard plumbing. Ethernet now adds billions of standard Internet ports per year, especially if we count Wireless Ethernet (AKA Wi-Fi). Bob was an Internet pioneer beginning in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Parc), Stanford, and 3Com.
Bob is Founding Director of the Texas Innovation Center (TxIC). He is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the McCombs School of Business. And he is Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise.
Bob is also Principal Investigator of TexasGEO.org, which aims to solve energy, once and for all, with geothermal startups and their partners in the oil and gas industries. GEO is funded until October 2021 by DOE to encourage startups to advance technologies delivering cheap and clean, safe, abundant, ubiquitous, deep, baseload geothermal energy.
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