How Social Interactions That Could Be Mapped Through Networking

1442 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
The first recorded concept of social interactions that could be encompassed through networking was a collection of memos written by J.C.R Licklider from MIT in August 1962. Licklider spoke of “a galactic network” (Cerf) where he described a globally interconnected group of computers through which everyday people could efficiently obtain information and software from anywhere in the world. At its core, this idea was extremely similar to the Internet we utilize today. In October 1962, DARPA began a computer research program and Licklider was at the forefront of this vastly innovative program. This program did not directly result in the Internet but Licklider’s revolutionary ideas were passed on to those who came after him, of these were Ivan Sutherland, Bob Taylor, and Lawrence G.Roberts. In addition, in 1961 Leonard Kleinrock published the first paper on the packet switching theory and three years later, he published the first book on the same subject. After multiple conversations with Roberts, Kleinrock convinced him of the theoretical practicality of communicating using packets rather than circuits; which is what they were using at the time. However, there was an issue; they had to figure out how to allow the computers to communicate with each other. In 1965, in order to solve this issue, Roberts connected the TX-2 computer to the Q-32 in California with a low speed dial-up telephone connection, creating the world’s first WAN computer network. The results came in and they…

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