How Was The Internet Invented?
A little story of how it all began…
And then there was the Internet! It’s a term, a narrative, and a human invention that’s hard to put into words. What is known is that technology has caused an unprecedented and indefinable upheaval in the way we interact, seek information, have fun, and so much more.
However, things were not that simple for the most widely used method of obtaining information and communication in our century.
Its invention did not happen in a flash, and its inventor is unknown. This is because, more than likely, there isn’t just one. To be more specific, its presence was made possible when programmers, technologists, technicians, and other rivals took specific preliminary measures.
It’s worth mentioning that the field’s ancestors toyed with the notion of an internet decades before it became a reality. When science fiction notions like Tesla’s “global wireless network” or Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush’s mechanical book sorting and search in the 1930s and 1940s were initially conceived, they undoubtedly formed the basis of the idea.
However, the first formal reports did not come until the 1960s, with M.I.T.’s Licklider’s interplanetary network and the U.S. Department of Defense ARPANET. The first message transfer between two computers (homeroom dimensions) occurred on October 29, 1969. One was working in a UCLA lab, while the other was at Stanford.
On January 1, 1983, ARPANET adopted TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol). Researchers have been working on a “network of networks” since then, which has evolved into the Internet. When Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web in 1990, it took on its contemporary shape.
On the other hand, the web is just the most prevalent way of accessing material on the Internet via webpages and hyperlinks, not the Internet itself. However, how the Internet becomes recognizable, known, and accessible to everybody remains unchanged.
The Internet, web, net, or whatever name we give it, as well as the millions of people who make it possible, is the reason that this article can be read from anywhere, that our favorite music can accompany us even when we run, and that we can send a message to a loved one’s computer on the other side of the Atlantic.