This is the introduction to The Virtual Revolution
, an open source documentary
, due for transmission on BBC Two
next week, that will take stock of 20 years of change brought about by the World Wide Web. Only about 25% of the world population uses the Web
today, however more than 70% of people have access to mobile or fixed communication devices capable of displaying Web content. The World Wide Web Foundation
] exists to bridge the 'digital divide' in Internet usage.
Thomas A. Edison
did not simply invent; he created the invention industry. He not only inspired the American Industrial Revolution, he provided the model for modern R&D concepts. Perhaps his greatest success beyond his legacy of innovation and invention is the introduction of team-based research. The Edison Innovation Foundation
is using Edison's Invention Factory
to educate the next generation of inventors.