Internet turns 50; here is a brief history

Internet is celebrating its 50th birthday week. The first successful message was sent on ARPANET on October 29, 1969. While we spend a fair amount of time on the internet and live in a connectives world, it is important to understand how this revolution stated.

Leanard Kleinrock sent the first message to Charley Kline ja Bill Duvall at Stanford University on October 29, 1969, that’s how the internet was born. It was basically a single login from computer terminals at two different locations. These were the first hosts on what the internet is built upon. The tiny step eventually gave birth to the Information Age. Kleinrock was supposed to send the message “Login” but the link crashed on the letter “g”. The first word that was sent on the internet became “Lo”.

The project was called APRANET as it was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency. ARPANET was the first packet switching network to implement the TCP/IP protocol. The protocol was designed to be latency and fault tolerant in nature. The objective of the project was to develop a way to efficiently sharing computer resources.

While it is easier to believe that the modern internet is a result of technological progress, it wasn’t. The modern internet is built by a slow process of creating communication protocol to bridge the gaps between incompatible systems. The ARPANET was initially connected between UCLA, Stanford’s Augmented Research Center, the University of Utah School of Computing, and UC Santa Barbara.

ARPANET was formally shut down in 1990 and later succeeded by the internet. The archive at the UCLA is the internet’s birth certificate. What started as a communication project 50 years ago has opened a whole world of possibilities today.