The History Of The Internet


The internet has revolutionized the modern
world; it has enabled everything from coordinating air travel across the globe with sub-second
accuracy to wasting time like never before, but when it was first being developed it was
not designed for any of this. Early versions of the internet were designed
to allow researchers to share information and processing power with each other faster
and more efficiently than would be possible otherwise. EARLY NETWORKS
In 1969, when the smallest computers were as large as rooms, the first prototypes of
the internet were being developed. The first large-scale project to do this was
called the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network or ARPANET. ARPANET was designed and funded by the United
States Department of Defense, and could transfer data across the US at a speed of 50 kbit/s,
and while that is thousands of times slower than your cell phone’s data connection,
it was a huge improvement over mailing your latest research to someone who needed to read
it, and was used widely by academics. EARLY WEBSITES In the time between then and the late 1980s,
newer, and faster networks were created. The internet existed, but was simple, and
was limited to scientific research. Tons of data was moved on a daily basis, but
most of it was made up of simple, text-only messages. It was possible to look up information, but
only if you knew how to connect into a specific university’s computer system. This all changed when a British programmer
named Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web, and the HyperText Transfer Protocol,
or HTTP. (An initialism you probably recognise from
modern web browsers) The Public Internet
With the World Wide Web came a massive influx of interlinked documents, allowing you to
design pages that are easier to use, and that are better organised than ever before. As soon as Tim Berners-Lee made the World
Wide Web publicly available, thousands of people flocked to the internet for less academic
uses, leading early, simple, text-based websites to morph into the modern, full-colour, animated
pages we have now. THE PUBLIC INTERNET
When the internet was first made available for public use, the only way to connect in
was by “Dialing” into it by using a dial-up modem, a process that sounded like the screeching
of a robot cat; and this is not to mention that you would have one device connected to
the internet in your home and that you could not use the internet and your telephone at
the same time – now, almost every electronic device in your house is connected, forming
what some people are calling an “Internet of Things.” THE INTERNET’S EFFECT ON THE WORLD
The internet is estimated to move about 98% of all communications across the earth, and
has enabled our modern lifestyles. It allows us to search through the vast majority
of all human knowledge in less than a second, all in order to find just the right cat photo,
not to mention the advances in science since it’s advent. CONCLUSION
Many believe that the internet is one of humanity’s greatest inventions so far; there are almost
no fields that haven’t been massively changed by the internet; from the most mundane office
work to the most extreme fighter pilots, to watching this video, large amounts of data
are moved back and forth at blistering speeds constantly, and very few people think about
all of the years of reiteration and development required to get here. We can’t wait to see what happens in the
next 50 years

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