The Origins of the Internet

Did you know that a single Google search uses over 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to answer a single inquiry? Or what about the fact that there are over 2 million emails sent every second?

…and how 67% of these are spam.

Let’s face it. The Internet is now a part of our daily lives. Well, statistically, 87% of the United States as of 2015…but what about the origins of the internet phenomenon? How could something so big in our lives still be a mystery to so many?

How did we get here anyway?

ARPAnet. America was fearing an attack on the nation’s telephone systems from the Soviet Untion. Just one missile alone could destroy an entire network of communication lines, putting the entire country in danger. How could we fix this problem?

The answer came from M.I.T. In the late 1960’s. It was a scientist’s invention of “Packet Switching“, which was the first concept of sending digital blocks of data to a destination that would work even if our telephone lines were destroyed.

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Well, it all started back in the 1960’s with a U.S. Government project called theThe ARPAnet was used privately by government officials and scientists for sending information for roughly thirty years. However, in 1989, CERN laboratories had created WWW, the World Wide Web initiative, which was eventually used within the original Macintosh operating sstem. The Internet hadn’t officially opened to the public until 1991.

The Internet today.

Now we have 1500 Skype calls & 6000 tweets sent out every second – and to top it off, we now have over 1 billion web sites. The Internet has become its own ecosystem. It’s part of our lives, our routines, our survival. Who knows what’s next!

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