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Celebrate 50 years of the internet with a look back at its birth Celebrate 50 years of the internet with a look back at its birth
A look back at the birth of one of the most significant inventions of modern times. Celebrate 50 years of the internet with a look back at its birth

50 years ago, the internet was born in a small room in UCLA’s Boelter Hall, when two academics transmitted digital data between two Teletype Terminals (pictured above) that were miles and miles apart.

Writer Mark Sullivan took a look back at that day, by revisiting the location and talking to the people involved.

That first data transmission laid the foundation for what became ARPANET (the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), which in turn evolved into the wider internet as we know it today. Sullivan explores the birth of this amazing invention in great detail.

Believe it or not, graduate student Charley Kline and scientist Bill Duvall, the men who sent and received the transmission, had no sense that what they were doing was as momentous and future-defining as the moment ultimately proved to be.

It’s a fascinating read that’s well worth your time if you’re in any way interested in the world-changing invention that is the reason we can share cat photos and memes in seconds. Oh, and also share information, send emails, communicate via video, and collaborate faster and more effectively even when teams are geographically dispersed.

You’ll find the full article here. Enjoy!

[Source: Fastcompany.com]
[Image: A Teletype Terminal via Wikimedia Commons]

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