History of the Internet

When I first watched this Life Noggin video, I was under the impression that the internet was the product of one person’s genius creation, totally uninfluenced by previous inventions. Boy was I wrong. The internet is an invention that builds upon previous discoveries. The internet was first used during the Cold War, so scientists could communicate with each other. These computers took up entire rooms. In 1962, a scientist named J.C.R. Licklider suggested the idea for a network of computers that could talk to each other. Then, in 1969, the first message ever to be sent between computers was sent over the ARPANET (The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). Quickly moving onto to 1971, Ray Tomlinson first suggested the idea that would later come to be known as ‘email. In 1971, computer scientist Vinton Cerf proposed the idea that computers could communicate to each other across the globe in a virtual space. But, the most important development for the internet (in my opinion) occurred in 1991. Computer programmer Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. This shifted the power of having instantaneous information at your fingertips from the government to the people, and the world has never been the same since.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8K49dD52WA




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