Originally published August 27, 2018
Much of the technology we take for granted today stems from 50 years ago. In 1968 we saw Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore launch pioneering semiconductor company, Intel, as well as the first large-scale test of RAND researcher Paul Baran’s distributed communications network ARPANET. Originally intended for scientists and researchers who wanted to share computers remotely, ARPANET quickly turned into something far greater: the Internet.
Technology has come a long way over the last 50 years, but many of the complex and high-performing technologies we have now have their roots in the unprecedented changes of the late 1960s.
"When RAND researcher, Paul Baran, set out to design a more robust, redundancy-based communications network that would enable the military to communicate in the aftermath of a nuclear attack, he had no idea he was laying the foundation of the Internet we all know and love today. Baran’s concept of separating information into packets before sending them out across a decentralized network of unmanned ‘switching’ nodes quickly led to the creation of a high-speed, digital framework for exchanging information we now call the Internet,” explains Todd Krautkremer, CMO at Cradlepoint.