Whoa – it sounds really weird to say it but, today is the 50th anniversary of the Internet. Off the top of your head, I bet you would say that Neil and Buzz’s walk on the Moon was the biggest event of 1969, of which, it had the most significant impact on humanity.
Now I’m a HUGE NASA fan and my wife and I took our kids to the Kennedy Space Center for the final STS-135 shuttle launch but without question, the birth of the Internet is by far and away, a more significant impact on humanity than the moon landing.
On October 29th, 1969 a team of UCLA graduate students lead by their professor Leonard Kleinrock connected their computer to a team in parallel at the Stanford Research Institute. Professor Leonard wanted to send “login”, but the system crashed after two characters – meaning the first message ever sent on the Internet was “Lo.” This system was the first step towards development of the ARPANET which was the early packet-switching network that lead to the Internet we know of today. Netflix has a solid documentary titled “Lo and Behold” you should check out. The World Wide Web – which uses the HTML code created by Tim Berners-Lee will hit its 30th anniversary next year.
Something to check out!
Associate Professor of Marketing
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University