2020 Bruin Engineers Centennial Reunion: A Talk with Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf

Jun 15, 2020News

Cerf received his master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in the early 1970s. He is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the internet – both of which govern how computers connect to each other and the wider internet. Among his many recognitions, he has received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the A.M. Turing Award, the Charles Stark Draper Prize in Engineering, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, World Leader in AI World Society Award. For many years, Cerf has been a vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google.

Cerf congratulated this year’s graduates and those celebrating their reunions. He also acknowledged the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. For Cerf, who tested positive for the virus in early March, it was a personal ordeal. The experience, he said, helped him recognize the drastic ways in which COVID-19 has interfered with the infrastructure of our society.

He said: “The Internet has proven to be a resilient and scalable infrastructure, open to evolving new functionality and applications. Preserving its values and protecting against its abuse is a challenge for our times.”

The best detector of misinformation and disinformation, he remined, is critical thinking.

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TCP/IP and Internet are recognized as historical achievements and Vint Cerf is a historical figure of AI. As a historical figure of the History of AI, as well as a Mentor of AIWS.net, Vint Cerf presented the History of AI his picture at Stanford 1974 when he created TCP/IP.

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