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Most people who search on Google, share on Facebook and shop on Amazon have never heard of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.The award, announced Tuesday by the Association for Computing Machinery, marks another pinnacle for the British native, who has already been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time magazine.In an even more significant move, Berners-Lee decided against patenting his technology and instead offered it as royalty-free software.Berners-Lee also worries about governments around the world using the internet as a surveillance tool, calling it a "recurrent threat".BEYOND THE WEBLike several other prominent figures in technology, Berners-Lee isn't sure if humanity will be better or worse off as computers grow better at thinking like people via artificial intelligence.Previous award winners include Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn, who did some of the pioneering work on the internet that Berners-Lee spun into the World Wide Web.
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