Inventing Things Without the Words

On October 29, 1969, the first node of a network called ARPANET was connected. There wasn’t a word for what was happening yet. That came later. Internet and TCP / IP, its fundamental protocol for the transmission of information, became a word a few years later. But the vision was to create a “unique intergalactic network.” That’s what one of the pioneers of that company said in early 1960s. No word, no word of mouth, apparently. It was hard to predict what that connection would mean, exactly. On the morning of 29 October 1969, at 3420 Boelter Hall of the…


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