The internet is a magnificent thing. Many of us could not imagine a world without the convenience of Google, Youtube, Netflix, or the fun of video games. However, even the blossom of a practical idea for something like the internet only began in the early 1960s. J.C.R. Licklider of MIT began the idea of an “Intergalactic Network” of computers. Soon after, computer scientists began the cocept of “packet swtiching” to transmit electronic data that would eventually become a fundamental building block of the Internet of today.

Licklider suggested connecting the computers of the Defense Department to keep a communications network open in case of nuclear attack. This network of computers is known as ARPAnet. By 1969, a military contractor company called Bolt, Beranek, and Newman developed a form of routing devices. These were called interface message processors. This invention thoroughly changed data transmission.

Eventually, in 1983, the “Internet” began. A new communications protocol called Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP) was created. This made it possible to allow different kinds of computers on various networks to be able to communicate. All the different networks began to be able to be connected by one, universal language.

The more modern, recognizable version of the Internet truly came into play in 1990. Tim Berners-Lee was the man who invented the World Wide Web. Although many people associate the World Wide Web with the Internet, it is different. The web is used to access data online via websites and hyperlinks. It is through the web that magnified the impact of the Internet in the everyday world.

Nowadays, the world can access millions of websites and access a veritable treasure trove of information. The Internet has allowed communities across the world to communicate and connect. It also makes possible creations such as games. Video games are accessible through the internet and played on computers and consoles. These all utilize the Internet in providing data.

Eppmann Technologies acknowledges the impressive amount of work that went into developing the Internet and the platforms that we utilize to do what we do. Things like OpenBSD and Steam would not be able to function without the Internet.