The Evolution of the Internet

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Every single day we use the facebook, twitter, google search, and so many other websites, all thanks to the internet. The internet, or world wide web, is filled with endless amounts of information, news, social media, and tools that we use more than we realize. Our world has become so technology-based that the internet is needed for nearly everything we do on our devices. From researching for a school paper to sending a text message to your friend, both are using the internet. In my opinion, the internet, or world wide web is one of the most important inventions in history.

The real start of the development of the internet was in the early 1950’s when the first electronic computers were being developed. Although, the internet breakthrough really didn’t start until the 1960’s. The internet was originally intended to be for scientific and military uses.

The origin of the idea of a global network of computers was from J.C.R Licklider of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1962. Licklider brought his idea to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, in order to get backing. Licklider along with many others of DARPA truly developed the internet. Many credit Ex Congressman Al Gore with the creation of the internet, but Congressman Gore was not even in congress when DARPA began their work. The internet was first used by Charley Kline on October 29, 1969 when he sent the first packets from UCLA to Stanford Research Institute. When Licklider and the visionaries of DARPA began the creation of the internet, I don’t think they fully understood what kind of network they were making.

The internet is used by nearly everyone worldwide in one form or another. It is a critical tool for communication, both personal and business. Through internet chat rooms, social media and email, people can communicate with each other from the other side of the globe. This is a humongous jump from using telephones, fax lines, and mail that all cost money to communicate with anyone anywhere in the country. Although it did take time for the internet to become the splitting fast service it is today. For years the internet was run through dial-up phone lines. Now we can effectively use the internet because wirelessly computers can connect to the internet and surf in seconds. Now with a single click, it is possible to be connected with someone in a different continent. The internet is also a very important tool for education. More and more schools have online learning programs, sites, and tools that would never be available without the internet. For example, if a student is doing an essay on the American Revolution, they have endless resources with a simple search. The internet has completely changed the interface of learning for centuries to come.  The internet is a powerful tool with seemingly endless resources and tools that continue to develop and advance communication in our society.


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