The man credited with inventing the internet has disowned what he calls “a first stab at it” and urged people to wait till next week, to experience “a completely new much better one”.
“I’ve got together with James Dyson on this one, and it’s a little cracker,” he told Which? magazine, which has promised to test it next week. “ I’m just putting the finishing touches to it and I reckon it’ll be done Wednesday tops. I’m really sorry about the first one. If I’d known about the child abuse, the spying, the destruction of the music industry, the Daily Harold and Louise Mensch, I wouldn’t have gone ahead.”
Berners Lee’s new internet will, he says, be easy and safe to use, odour free and available in more colours than the current version, which he says he will “switch off” the week after next.
“People think you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. But James Dyson is looking at that, and the whole issue of economic toothpaste-dispensing. We throw away an amazing amount of toothpaste. It’s the same with the internet. Very few people know that when I invented the internet, I invented a little failsafe gizmo just underneath it so I could turn it off if it went wrong. Well it has. I just press control alt…wait a minute, I’d better not say. My advice is to back everything up. But not now.”