BBJ: How do you see the role of MIT in the future of the Internet?
Dertouzos: "We are very much involved with the future of these things. We
are architects of tomorrow's information marketplace. Actually, the
machinery of it, if you wish, but also we care about the uses. So we're
working at all levels.
In this lab, we have a consortium where we have 280 companies
participating. And they help steer the web in the right direction."
The rest of it's pretty funny, too.
One of the longstanding image challenges for the W3C has been its
independence from MIT. The other offices and host sites are seen by MIT PR
as satellite states to be conveniently ignored. LCS, in turn, has an
integrated PR program to raise the Lab's (and Michael's) profile, which
neccessarily has to include MIT at the center of the Web, when in fact,
Media, Artificial Intelligence, and Computer Science labs all missed it in
their own ways.
If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.