Microsoft's Victor Bahl On The Past And Future Of The Internet by The 21st published on 2019-02-06T19:24:38Z 20 years feels like an eternity in the life of the internet. Back then, a Microsoft researcher named Victor Bahl was working on something that most of us take for granted now: the first Wi-Fi hotspot in a public place. Since those days, the internet has changed in so many different ways and we rely on it unconsciously, even as the systems behind it get more and more complicated. Victor has continued to work on understanding and improving these systems over the years. Today, we speak to Victor as he prepares to give a speech at a research conference for University of Illinois students. He’s a distinguished scientist and director of Microsoft’s Mobile Networking And Research Group.