The History of The Internet: Part 1 – How It Was Created
The internet is one of, if not the, greatest modern-day invention. Everything in our lives is controlled through the “worldwide web” and since it was created back in 1983 we have found ourselves more and more dependant on its accessibility and convenience.
But here is a fun question for you, do you know how the internet is? Or how it works?
In this blog series, we will not only show you what the internet is but how it works and other uses that the internet can provide we may be missing out on!
As Lewis Carrol once said, “let’s begin at the beginning”…
Circa 1950 – The Development of Electronic Components
The original concept of the internet started in the 50’s with the creation of computers that once would fill an entire room. From here, the ideas involved from the hardware to the possibility of packet networking within laboratories based in the United States, France and the United Kingdom.
Jump Head to the 1960’s – File Sharing Becomes Top Priority
Now back in the 60’s, computers were not as mobile (or easy to use) as they are now but they were an intricate piece that led to the hardware we have today. When the internet was created (way before it got its name), it was actually used as a way for government researchers to share information or files with various departments and personnel.
Remember in history class when you learned about the Soviet Union launching Sputnik? Yeah, the internet was there for that so during the Cold War it was used as a way for the United States Defense Department to send information in the event of a nuclear attack.
1971 – ARPANET is live… and transmitting!
ARPANET (which stood for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was the first wide-area packet switching network with distributed control and one of the first networks to implement the TCP/IP protocol suite (which was later used as part of the foundation for the internet as we know it today).
And it was through the ARPANET that a computer in the science department at UCLA sent a message to the second network note at Stanford Research Institute.
January 1, 1983 – The Internet is Officially Born
By the late 1970’s and early 80’s, file sharing and its uses had been perfected but many computer networks didn’t have a standard way to communicate with each other. So on January 1, 1983 the world finally met what we know as “the internet”. By created a communications protocol called “Transfer Control Protocol/Interwork Protocol” (or commonly known to techs as TCP/IP), different kinds of computers were able to communicate like never before bringing all networks and hardware connecting by using a universal language.
Once the communication door was opened and able to grow, the possibilities were endless and soon engineers were able to evolve with the internet and make it stretch across not only a single continent but oceans to allow people to communicate across the globe.
Today, there are more than 3 Billion people that use the internet on a regular basis – but that’s not all:
- 98% of internet users say they would not be able to live without the internet today
- Over 3,000 hours per month are spent online by the average internet user
- 9 out of 10 people connect to the internet everyday
But now that we know where the internet came from, we can look at how it works… in part 2 of this series, we will show you just how the internet works to bring you the content you need at lightning-fast speeds!
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