Monday, 28 April 2014

How The Internet Was Invented

Welcome back my fellow learners. Today we are going to look into how the internet came into being.

Believe it or not but the internet was not actually invented by one person, and the dynamics of the internet were created many years ago, but in another form. The actual idea of internet began over a quarter of a century ago.

The idea of the internet first began in 1957, when the Sputnik was launched by none other than the Soviet Union. American as per usual saw this as a personal threat, (so what else is new), so created the Defence Advanced Research Project Agency, which was a bit of a mouthful, so they shortened it to DARPA in 1958. This was supposed to protect them from a missile attack from space, so the Americans not to be outdone by the Russians went and built their own satellite.

This is where Joseph Licklider came into play, he was the chief of New Information Processing Technique Office, or IPTO for short. (please tell me where the Americans get these big ass names from), anyway where was I? Oh yeah, this Joseph guy first helped influence towards today's internet as we know it. He believed that a communications network within the US would be beneficial, he brought in Lawrence Roberts who also worked in the field of networks.

Now Joseph had no working knowledge on computer programming, this was left down to Lawrence, who headed up ARPANET, who based ideas on packet switching. In 1969 ARPANET was used for the first time, and communicated between Stanford and the University of California in LA.

After a time more and more computers began to connect making this a huge success. Robert in 1973 left ARPANET and created telenet, this was to be the worlds first commercial network. He hired Robert Kahn and Viston, and together they worked on packet switching, by 1983 they had developed TCP which was to become one of the worlds most widely used networks.

By the time 1992 rolled around internet became available for us common people.
So there you have it folks!

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