The Origins of the Internet

This paper discusses how the internet started and reached the high speed internet of today and the major contributors, especially J.C.R Licklider.

This paper discusses how the Internet began in 1969 as the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPA) during the Cold War. The author feels that the internet is perhaps today’s most influential technological advance. The paper states that J.C.R changed the focus of development from war games to research in time-sharing, computer graphics and improved computer languages.
ARPA became the technological think tank of the American defense effort, employing directly a couple of hundred top scientists and with a budget sufficient for subcontracting research to other top American institutions. Although the advanced computing would come to dominate its work, the initial focus of ARPA’s activities was on space, ballistic missiles and nuclear test monitoring.