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.
The 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.