A “digital librarian” with a mission to provide “universal access to all knowledge,” Brewster Kahle is founder and director of the Internet Archive, a free digital library that archives World Wide Web documents and makes them universally accessible. Chronicling over 85 billion pieces of deep Web geology (on his Wayback Machine you can view pages as they actually appeared in web antiquity), Kahle has created a veritable history of the Internet’s formation, and through his work on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Board of Directors, he has been instrumental in helping keep such information free and reachable...
Brewster Kahle proposes the establishment of a public AI research lab that brings together the research community, research libraries, and data collections. The lab would aim to use AI tools to address significant problems and create a valuable data set. Kahle suggests combining data assets from various libraries, including climate-related materials, to advance climate research. Building the lab requires GPU stacks, AI-proficient researchers, and engagement from climate researchers and target users. The lab prioritizes preserving metadata and seeks collaborations to access valuable datasets. Kahle emphasizes the need for resources and envisions the lab as a collaborative effort where organizations contribute resources, including government documents, gray literature, and public web materials.