Every day you click and tap on devices, you most likely use the Internet to answer questions you have, keep up with current events, and stay connected with people in the world around you.
The Internet and its modern form, however, have changed over the years and are relatively new. While today’s youth grew up with the Internet, many people did not. So when was the Internet created? And who invented it? We have the answers for you.
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When was the Internet invented?
The birth date of the Internet is widely considered to be January 1, 1983, but the path to creating it began long before the technology required for the Internet existed.
The creation of the Internet involved the work of many scientists and engineers, and many of the people who worked to create it had a vision for the Internet long before the technology to create it was invented, according to History.com. From the early 1900’s the inventor Nikola Tesla had thought of a “worldwide wireless system”. (Yes, the electric car company Tesla is named after him.)
According to History.com, “The first practical schemes for the Internet would not arrive until the early 1960s”, when Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider came up with a vision of using computer networks to communicate. Before this, computers had largely been used as mathematical devices to speed up calculations.
Soon after, computer scientists created a method of transmitting electronic data known as “packet switching.” This would become a major component to the Internet, according to History.com.
In the late 1960s, with the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which was funded by the United States Department of Defense, the “first viable prototype of the Internet” was born. With the ARPANET, multiple computers could communicate with each other on a single network.
The ARPANET delivered its first message on October 29, 1969, from a computer located at the University of California, Los Angeles, to another at Stanford. Each computer was the size of a small house, and the simple “LOG IN” message brought the network to a standstill. Stanford received only the first two letters, according to History.com.
The technology advanced in the 1970s with the work of two scientists, Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf, who developed a “communications model”, standardize how data was transmitted across multiple networks. The ARPANET adopted this on January 1, 1983, and the “modern” Internet was born.
Who owns Google?:The same company that owns Waze and YouTube.
Who invented the Internet?
The invention of the Internet cannot be attributed to one person. Instead, it was the work of many engineers, programmers, and scientists, according to History.com. Although the modern Internet developed from the ARPANET adoption communications model developed by Kahn and Vinton, this is different from the World Wide Web.
What is the World Wide Web?
In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, or WWW, which is what most people today recognize as the Internet and allows users to connect to other pages on the Internet through hypertextaccording to Britannica
The World Wide Web is often misused to refer to the Internet when it is actually a common way of accessing information on the Internet through websites. According to History.com, the World Wide Web helped make the Internet more popular.
When was Google created?
The search engine Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, but the idea was born by the two creators in 1995 in a dorm room at Stanford University.
After originally calling it Backrub, the pair set out to create a search engine capable of using “links to determine the importance of individual pages on the World Wide Web,” According to Google.
Page and Brin later changed the name to Google, a “game on the mathematical expression of the number 1 followed by 100 zeros” to reflect their mission or make information universally accessible.
Google caught the attention of investors in Silicon Valley, leading to the creation of Google Inc. in August 1998. Page and Brin later moved their offices to a garage where the company is known to have started.
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