Who Invented the Internet? And Why?

  • Published: 10 April 2014
  • Nuclear war, cat gifs and reddit? Wait, what?

    Who was the genius who came up with all of that? The internet is such a crucial tool in our daily lives today that we hardly remember that it hasn't been here forever. But yeah, it is actually not that old. We still have fuzzy memories about the time before the first thing in the morning was to check email and browse our favorite blogs and youtube channels. Well, let's explore how the internet came into existence and why.

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    • Ryde Mk
      Ryde Mk  4 months back

      Two likes... well three now

    • Measles and polio
      Measles and polio  5 months back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell first reply

  • KLA1M2G00D4U LOL
    KLA1M2G00D4U LOL  1 weeks back

    5:44 do you wonder why there is porn

    • C. McMenemy
      C. McMenemy  1 weeks back

      "You are gonna haven't any virginity after me!"

      This channel is pure genius

      • WolfsCampFire
        WolfsCampFire  2 weeks back

        4:33 just a casual Dalek going across the desk

        • Quenton White
          Quenton White  2 weeks back

          1:50 +1 for the Asimov reference

          • Thedoggaming16
            Thedoggaming16  2 weeks back

            l'internet c'est bien no ?

            • Daniel Stringham
              Daniel Stringham  4 weeks back

              Who didn’t tell me about this channel 5 years ago

              • tinchaulee
                tinchaulee  4 weeks back

                By seeing this, I remember the movie "Er ist wieder da", in which Adolf Hitler is very touched when he first met the INTERNET

                • NO_ONe
                  NO_ONe  4 weeks back

                  Leaving a comment... now I'm a better human being.. Thanks

                  • naufal roziqi
                    naufal roziqi  1 months back

                    The music is good as always

                    • Thomas Drake
                      Thomas Drake  1 months back

                      Am I a better human being yet?

                      • General Prodigy
                        General Prodigy  1 months back

                        5:42 umm.. what is that third word? It is spelt p o r n... I dunno if it is a thing i should be seeing here but ok

                        • Dokidelta117
                          Dokidelta117  1 months back

                          I appreciated the Last Question quote.

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                            • catlancemc Yt
                              catlancemc Yt  1 months back

                              cats did in 10200bc

                              • Elliot Hemken
                                Elliot Hemken  1 months back

                                I was watching your video at 6:02 and I thought I needed to undo Escape

                                • ISAAC CLARKE MARKER
                                  ISAAC CLARKE MARKER  1 months back


                                  • semo iraqi
                                    semo iraqi  1 months back

                                    We are proud because you are present

                                    • CoolCreeper39
                                      CoolCreeper39  1 months back

                                      5:49 “EVERYTIME YOU KISS A MAN PUTIN KILLS A KITTEN”

                                      • CoolCreeper39
                                        CoolCreeper39  1 months back

                                        1:50 “INSUFFICENT DATA FOR A MEANINGFUL ANSWER”

                                        who else got that reference

                                      • Levi.luxford
                                        Levi.luxford  1 months back

                                        Hello darkness my old friend will U come and sleep with me again

                                        • AsiA I.
                                          AsiA I.  1 months back

                                          You can thank the hindu Indians as internet would not exist hadn't  foreign white race use our numbers(IndiA 100bce), number zero(invented by Aryabhatta and first used as a number symbol by Brahmagupta), binary code(pingala200bce earliest known Sanskrit treatise on prosody), fiber optics (Narinder singh),e mail(Shiv ayudurrai not Thomas),wireless communications(jagdish chandra bose in the year 1819) and science is from hindu Indians hence the word indian Vedic science.

                                          • JediMighter
                                            JediMighter  1 months back

                                            I'm always wanting to be a being human being <3

                                            • Jade Harley
                                              Jade Harley  1 months back


                                              • Cyan
                                                Cyan  2 months back

                                                He defiantly tapp taht!

                                                • Dovah Elioth
                                                  Dovah Elioth  2 months back

                                                  6:09 I LOL'd GAAAAAAAY

                                                  • Sup
                                                    Sup  2 months back

                                                    The history of the Internet begins with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. Initial concepts of wide area networking originated in several computer science laboratories in the United States, United Kingdom, and France.[1] The U.S. Department of Defense awarded contracts as early as the 1960s, including for the development of the ARPANET project, directed by Robert Taylor and managed by Lawrence Roberts. The first message was sent over the ARPANET in 1969 from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute(SRI).

                                                    Packet switching networks such as the NPL network, ARPANET, Merit Network, CYCLADES, and Telenet, were developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s using a variety of communications protocols.[2] Donald Davies first demonstrated packet switching in 1967 at the National Physics Laboratory(NPL) in the UK, which became a testbed for UK research for almost two decades.[3][4] The ARPANET project led to the development of protocols for internetworking, in which multiple separate networks could be joined into a network of networks.

                                                    The Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was developed by Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf in the 1970s and became the standard networking protocol on the ARPANET, incorporating concepts from the French CYCLADES project directed by Louis Pouzin. In the early 1980s the NSF funded the establishment for national supercomputing centers at several universities, and provided interconnectivity in 1986 with the NSFNETproject, which also created network access to the supercomputer sites in the United States from research and education organizations. Commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) began to emerge in the very late 1980s. The ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990. Limited private connections to parts of the Internet by officially commercial entities emerged in several American cities by late 1989 and 1990,[5] and the NSFNET was decommissioned in 1995, removing the last restrictions on the use of the Internet to carry commercial traffic.

                                                    In the 1980s, research at CERN in Switzerland by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Leeresulted in the World Wide Web, linking hypertext documents into an information system, accessible from any node on the network.[6] Since the mid-1990s, the Internet has had a revolutionary impact on culture, commerce, and technology, including the rise of near-instant communication by electronic mail, instant messaging, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone calls, two-way interactive video calls, and the World Wide Web with its discussion forums, blogs, social networking, and online shopping sites. The research and education community continues to develop and use advanced networks such as JANET in the United Kingdom and Internet2 in the United States. Increasing amounts of data are transmitted at higher and higher speeds over fiber optic networks operating at 1 Gbit/s, 10 Gbit/s, or more. The Internet's takeover of the global communication landscape was almost instant in historical terms: it only communicated 1% of the information flowing through two-way telecommunications networks in the year 1993, already 51% by 2000, and more than 97% of the telecommunicated information by 2007.[7] Today the Internet continues to grow, driven by ever greater amounts of online information, commerce, entertainment, and social networking. However, the future of the global internet may be shaped by regional differences in the world.[8]

                                                    • Carlos Torres
                                                      Carlos Torres  2 months back

                                                      Awesome video! All of your videos are awesome actually. Thank you guys for the information it is appreciated very very much.

                                                      • thisismedgr
                                                        thisismedgr  2 months back

                                                        "Tom Baker is a great Doctor!"

                                                        Yes. Yes he was.

                                                        • Diamantazul
                                                          Diamantazul  2 months back

                                                          "Zebras have stripes your argument is in salad"

                                                          • Aero
                                                            Aero  2 months back

                                                            Don’t even talk about Robert E Kahn or vint cerf ? The two Americans that created the internet than it got the World Wide Web by a British man

                                                            • Rabidcolombian
                                                              Rabidcolombian  2 months back

                                                              "If you wish to keep believing the US government invented the internet, then you're free to."

                                                              Well...you didn't even know Cern was located in fucking Switzerland, so...

                                                              • Kick Ass
                                                                Kick Ass  2 months back


                                                                • deepstrasz
                                                                  deepstrasz  2 months back

                                                                  I love your work!

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                                                                    Nice endding lol

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                                                                      • as fdse
                                                                        as fdse  2 months back

                                                                        aboniat smartletsplay und maxiking

                                                                        • GamingTV
                                                                          GamingTV  2 months back

                                                                          al gore invented the internet, didn't you hear :D

                                                                          • reaper man
                                                                            reaper man  2 months back

                                                                            The internet(at present) is a gateway to stupidity.

                                                                            • Dolly
                                                                              Dolly  2 months back

                                                                              4:34 Le website.

                                                                              • meliana
                                                                                meliana  2 months back

                                                                                its an awesome channel

                                                                                • Zenon Wixyt
                                                                                  Zenon Wixyt  2 months back

                                                                                  As a french person, I am le offended 😂

                                                                                  • Dolly
                                                                                    Dolly  2 months back

                                                                                    I am French too, and I am le amused.

                                                                                • stuhlky11
                                                                                  stuhlky11  3 months back


                                                                                  • luuchoo G
                                                                                    luuchoo G  3 months back

                                                                                    So the internet is an American-British-French invention? sort of ?

                                                                                    • TXC Rag3
                                                                                      TXC Rag3  3 months back

                                                                                      5:32 that’s it! an evolutionary step! it’s the great filter! we’re the only ones to invent it!

                                                                                      • TXC Rag3
                                                                                        TXC Rag3  3 months back

                                                                                        who read that at 3:51 ?

                                                                                        • ROBLOX RULES
                                                                                          ROBLOX RULES  3 months back

                                                                                          No Australia invented the internet

                                                                                          • Captain Fish Head
                                                                                            Captain Fish Head  3 months back

                                                                                            Al gore invented the internet duh