Tuesday, January 13, 2009

History lesson: Interwebs as unintended outcome

You've probably heard about ARPA and DARPA. But do you know about NPL? or IMPs? Cyclades even?

Here's a fascinating 6minute look at how the interwebs got where they are from 1957 to now. One can't help but notice that the aggregation of bits and pieces of technology and intentions from multiple sources--defense, commerce, academia--are all embedded in the DNA of what is known to us now as the smartest networking approach of all: the the stupid network.

It's also a nice example of history made interesting using simple animation and voice over.

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

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