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Happy Birthday, Internet!

Happy Birthday, Internet!

What’s the population of Singapore? How many species of salmon are there in the world? Who won the gold medal for men’s downhill skiing in the 1994 Olympic Winter Games? Answers to these questions along with an infinite amount of other information are now easily available to a majority of the world’s fingertips thanks to something that happened 44 years ago today. That’s when two computers, one at UCLA and one at the Stanford Research Institute, connected over ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) to exchange the world’s first “host-to-host” message. This rather inauspicious event is viewed by many as the birth of a technology that became a communication tool now used by billions of people around the world every day. Of course, I’m talking about the Internet.
Celebrating the Birth of the Internet

Celebrating the Birth of the Internet

These days, staying connected to the ones you love or work with is as easy as the touch of a button and the swipe of your finger.  It’s hard to image a time without cell phones, without Wi-Fi or god forbid Facebook, let alone the internet all together.  Today we have more than 5 billion internet-connected devices, with an expected 22 billion by 2020. And we owe it in part to the ingenuity of two young academics at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute (SRI) who back in 1969 connected two computers for the first time, sparking what would lead to today’s age of connectivity as we now know it and changing the way we live and play.