What a long strange trip it's been to arrive at the Internet of today! It's hard to imagine it has been 25 years ago, (August 6th 1991), that Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web (WWW), put the first web page online. It was about the World Wide Web project. You can visit the original website, (actually, more of a web page with hyperlinks), at this address.
Quite primitive by today's standards, but remarkable in it's day. The interconnected vast Internet had quite humble beginnings. Some would argue that it was actually in 1989 the proposal for html and the first client / server transaction took place. Regardless of the which way you look at it, our world has not been the same since.
It is quite easy for millenials who did not grow up in an analog world to take the Internet for granted. I think about my grandfather who was born in 1888, and grew up with gas lanterns, no electricity and no cars, how it must have been for him to see man on the moon. Similarly, this interconnected smart-phone enabled world we now live in is quite remarkable.
Similarly, this interconnected smart-phone enabled world we now live in is really quite remarkable. Sometimes it all seems a little Dick Tracy-like to me, almost to the level of Star Trek technology.
To all those who grew up in the digital age, I advise you to be grateful for those who pioneered this technological age in which we now live. men such as Samual Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Marconi, Tesla, Tim-Berners Leed, Vint Cerf, and countless others who collectively developed and strove to perfect the technology that it is so easy to take for granted today.
Who knows what the Internet will look like in another 25 years? It stretches the limits of imagination to think of it.
Happy 25th – you old www!
John Lombaerde – VP-NJ Markethive