The Internet – A Collective Intelligence

In 1964, a man named Paul Baran came up with the idea for ARPAnet – the first iteration of world wide web. The U.S. was looking for a communications system that would still run in the event of a nuclear attack. This meant it couldn’t use a centralised, or decentralised system of nodes, as these would make prime targets for nukes.

networktypesThe system had to work even if parts were missing. The logical step was to design a distributed, ‘unkillable’ network.

As this evolved into the internet we know today, the distributed nature of the network remained and expanded. Like the opening scene in Fight Club, the internet has spread across the world, linking us all together in a way frighteningly similar to a human nervous system.


The internet has done more than allow us to ‘connect’ with each other, it has brought the human race together to form a collective intelligence, a giant brain.


3 Replies to “The Internet – A Collective Intelligence”

  1. Excellent, excellent use of the remediated content. Could not help myself by laugh. Very nice blog post, detailing as to why there was a need for a newer Network, what that network catered for and its means of doing so was a great way to remediate an example of that weeks content.

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  2. Great information about defence towards a nuclear bomb in relation to distributed networks, I missed all that info and you explained it really well. Also liked the connection to fight club. Great blog

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  3. This is a really good blog post. I love the use of photos and video and your information was great. It was short but to the point. Not going to lie, your blog gave me have a little laugh, but i love the connections your made. It just backed up your information even more. Good use of hyperlinks!

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