Who made The Internet? To be honest, I was not sure until about an hour ago.
Since this is a tech blog, we ought to know.
My research has yielded that, in fact, no one single person invented The Internet. Nikola Tesla (sound familiar?) toyed around with the general concept in the early 1900’s but it wasn’t until the 1960’s when the idea really began to come to fruition.
J.C.R. Licklider (what a name) came onto the scene in the 1960’s and spread word of an “Intergalactic Network”. Shortly after MIT’s Licklider came up with this network, computer scientists got to work.
These scientists invented “packet switching”. Packet switching is at the core of how The Internet today still functions: computers communicating with one another utilizing a singular network base to connect them.
The packet switching yielded the ARPANET… aka the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network.
On October 29, 1969, ARPANET delivered the first message between computers.
Later on in the 1970’s, scientists Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn made further developments launching Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol. What are these things, you may ask? They are models to set standards on how data is passed back and forth between multiple networks.
Apparently, ARPANET adopted Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol in 1983… and the rest was history.
The Internet slowly was built into the mammoth it is today.
I know, not the most exhilarating post. But we should know the history surrounding the platform that we invest and spend so much time with daily.
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