“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had” – Eric Schmidt
“Internet” we are so obsessed with this word that one can’t think one’s life without it. As the internet carries so much importance in our daily life we see 80% of the people hunched over their phones checking updates and scrolling on social media pages. This generation finds the internet as the only source of entertainment instead of getting their asses out and playing on the ground. Lives are switching so fast that playing cricket on phones is a new choice. The first thing in the morning we do is to check for messages and social media.
People are addicted to the extent that they can’t get out of their bed without clicking those morning selfies on Snapchat, Instagram etc.(Oh! my apologies not on snapchat after we became poor :p). BTW we have also developed a disorder related to it which is called “Internet addiction” A.K.A “Problematic Internet Use”. But after all this happening can anyone still answer “What is the internet?” “Where it came from?” “How does Internet works?” Well, you don’t need to worry we will give you all the answers needed with some amazing facts about the internet.
What is internet?
According to Wikipedia, “The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies”.
Don’t worry! we will simplify this for you. The internet is an informal term for the world-wide communication network of computers. It helps to send information quickly between computers around the world. Millions of smaller domestic, academic, business and government networks are connected to it, which together carry many different kinds of information. The World Wide Web is one of its biggest services. It is used by a few billion people all over the world.
When was the internet invented?
Though when you google “Father of the Internet” you get Robert E. Kahn & Vint Cerf, the Internet was not invented by one person but by merging concepts of many scientists together still the initial credit is given to Leonard Kleinrock after he published his paper in 1961. Later in 1962 J.C.R. Licklider gave his vision of a galactic network. And with ideas of Licklider and Kleinrock, Robert Taylor helped to create the idea of a network that was later called ARPANET.
In 1969 it was the time when ARPANET delivered its first message between two networks of UCLA and Stanford. The message sent was “LO” which was supposed to be “Login” but the system crashed. In the 1970’s Vint Cerf and Robert E. Kahn invented the “Transmission Control Protocol” or TCP and the “Internet Protocol”. But the Internet never stopped changing so in 1991 Scientist Tim Berner’s-Lee introduced the World wide Web which we know as the internet today.
How does the Internet works?
It’s really difficult to understand when you are a non-techie. But allow us to do the work, don’t worry we won’t go so deep.