Technology: Is It Advancing Too Fast?

Created in the late 1960’s, the internet was originally for the use of the military. Scientists and military experts were alarmed about the possibility of Soviet attacks and how it could destroy the telephone system after Sputnik was launched.  By 1969, the internet was only reaching four major universities in the United States; the University of California at Los Angeles, SRI at Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Utah. With Vincent Cerf’s invention of TCP/IP, it created a whole new dimension of the internet and in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web.

It took roughly thirty years from the birth of ARPANET to what we know as the internet today to be created. But since then, the growth and popularity of the internet increased incredibly fast. It took only four years for the internet to reach 50 million users throughout the world.

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With the internet originally being invented for the use of the military, it is almost shocking to think how ARPANET is no longer in use and the fact that social media is dominating the internet. It took only three and a half years for Facebook to reach 50 million users after it went live, and hilariously, only thirty-five days for Angry Birds to reach 50 million people throughout the world. This alone shows how the usage of the internet is still growing, and will probably continue to grow immensely over the next few years. When we think about the internet now, we think of sites like Facebook, YouTube and online shopping where we do not even have to leave our houses to order our weekly grocery shop. Technology is so advanced that people do not even need computers or laptops, they can simply use their phones where you do not even need a Wi-Fi connection to visit sites. In 2015, there were a huge seven billion users, and we can only expect this to grow in the coming years with technology advancing so fast.

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  1. I agree that it is shocking how quickly the internet has developed in the past few years. It obviously has many advantages such as communications with people around the globe, it’s nice that I can message or FaceTime my friends when I’m missing them! However I think your point about developing too quickly is interesting, seeing as how the internet was created for the military and now so many threats can happen thanks to the internet; an example being how easy it is to find out how to make a bomb with a quick google search. It is exciting to think about what other changes will happen over the next few years and if society will continue to change and grow with this.

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  2. Very interesting topic you picked there Megan. I find it quite fascinating that very few universities in the US had access to the internet back in the day. In fact, it’s quite hard to imagine not having access to useful education sites such as Blackboard. In regards to your question, I think that as technology continues to develop, we will find that it may not necessarily be developing too fast, it’s just that there is a lot that is yet to be discovered.

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  3. The speed of the internets growth from how it started in 1991 has risen rapidly. Its role in society is heavily relied on for everyday activities and it seems that it would be difficult without it being there to use. For how quick it has changed since its creation, do you think it can advance even more in the future? If so, what new features or creations do you think the internet will bring to the users. Is there anything ‘you’ would particularly like to make its way to the internet?

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