Who Invented the Internet? And Why?

  • Published: 10 April 2014
  • Nuclear war, cat gifs and reddit? Wait, what?

    Who was the genius who came up with all of that? The internet is such a crucial tool in our daily lives today that we hardly remember that it hasn't been here forever. But yeah, it is actually not that old. We still have fuzzy memories about the time before the first thing in the morning was to check email and browse our favorite blogs and youtube channels. Well, let's explore how the internet came into existence and why.

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    He not a god he is a person just like you and I

    • Rwaggy Rwuper Rwinstincts


      • Liangsi Liu
        Liangsi Liu  3 days back

        5 years ago only 100k subscribers. Bu now 10times more

        • Naveen Kumar
          Naveen Kumar  3 days back

          Amazing nice video

          • Jersey Davis
            Jersey Davis  4 days back

            What was the point of putting porn in the thumbnail

            • Jersey Davis
              Jersey Davis  4 days back

              What was the point of putting porn in the thumbi

              • Angel Coronado
                Angel Coronado  5 days back

                Internet is part of our evolution like social specie!

                • Aryan Das
                  Aryan Das  6 days back

                  Its fun! Thanks guys

                  • Enes ilbak
                    Enes ilbak  1 weeks back

                    making comment in 2019. Thanks to the Internet that connects me to your video from past years... Oh wait! Internet is the TIME MACHINE as well.

                    • shinukism shnuck
                      shinukism shnuck  1 weeks back

                      Actually, the better way to look at the internet is this, its basically a glorified 1950's radio, if you go even further back, its Morse Code, thats right, your smartphone is just a evolved Morse Code machine, basically just deals with millions of switches on and off, we then realised radio waves could be used to transmit sound and images, thn digital coding helped us to where we are now.

                      • Waleed Alharbi
                        Waleed Alharbi  1 weeks back


                        • Lainey Wright
                          Lainey Wright  2 weeks back

                          They built the network pieces, then they built the web, and now they need to make everything work smoothly together. I cannot use YouTube and type a comment at the same time without a lot of glitchy problems. That is on you guys.

                          • Jett Thurman
                            Jett Thurman  2 weeks back


                            • Alberto Velez Grilo
                              Alberto Velez Grilo  2 weeks back


                              • Yo Jordon
                                Yo Jordon  3 weeks back

                                This is weird. I'm so confused on how this world works, how things work its really annoying.

                                • Austin Moon
                                  Austin Moon  4 weeks back

                                  Hey fellow communicators!

                                  • Irodoku Puzzle
                                    Irodoku Puzzle  1 months back


                                    • 777 GAMER
                                      777 GAMER  1 months back

                                      I uh...... Need to communicate with you....
                                      So I'm leaving a comment

                                    • Zeriix
                                      Zeriix  1 months back

                                      It wouldn’t be “Le Internet”, it would be “L’internet”

                                      • ᴍɪʟᴇs ᴇᴍᴍᴀɴᴜᴇʟ

                                        who else here is doing a Kurzgesagt marathon?

                                        • Darien Garcia
                                          Darien Garcia  1 months back

                                          ᴍɪʟᴇs ᴇᴍᴍᴀɴᴜᴇʟ 🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️🙋🏻‍♂️ I just started from the oldest

                                      • Sourabh Zanpure
                                        Sourabh Zanpure  2 months back

                                        Awesome info! Thank you KURSGESAGT!!!

                                        • Porkchop's Papi
                                          Porkchop's Papi  2 months back

                                          Typical. Science should stay away from misinformation & egotistical disinformation. But as this channel illustrates with this post, scientists are people. Jealous, petty people.

                                          • Acid Joke
                                            Acid Joke  2 months back

                                            But Tim Berners Lee really intended it for free porn didn't he? He was actually quite disappointed it took so long to get Pornhub.

                                            • 1 you
                                              1 you  2 months back


                                              • bbabydolp
                                                bbabydolp  2 months back


                                                • palakawarrior
                                                  palakawarrior  2 months back

                                                  please take off the word "porn"

                                                  • YOUTUBE ELEVEN
                                                    YOUTUBE ELEVEN  2 months back

                                                    Is this a creative Commons video?

                                                    • Ill Blues
                                                      Ill Blues  2 months back

                                                      Thank you Kurzgesagt for always educating us & thanks to all the people who contributed to creating the internet, I really like to be connected to others and to always learn from different points of view

                                                      • Nyoom Monster
                                                        Nyoom Monster  2 months back

                                                        My mom thinks the internet is bad for my depression. I don't have depression, I have adult ADHD that was poorly treated. Now it's fine. And I work a lot with my hands, so I can't be typing all the time.

                                                        • Sanchit Desai
                                                          Sanchit Desai  2 months back

                                                          I am writing this so now I'm a better human being

                                                          • Missy
                                                            Missy  2 months back

                                                            Somewhere Josh Harris is fuming for this snub.

                                                            • KLA1M2G00D4U LOL
                                                              KLA1M2G00D4U LOL  3 months back

                                                              5:44 do you wonder why there is porn

                                                              • C. McMenemy
                                                                C. McMenemy  3 months back

                                                                "You are gonna haven't any virginity after me!"

                                                                This channel is pure genius

                                                                • WolfsCampFire
                                                                  WolfsCampFire  3 months back

                                                                  4:33 just a casual Dalek going across the desk

                                                                  • Q.D. White
                                                                    Q.D. White  3 months back

                                                                    1:50 +1 for the Asimov reference

                                                                    • Thedoggaming16
                                                                      Thedoggaming16  3 months back

                                                                      l'internet c'est bien no ?

                                                                      • Daniel Stringham
                                                                        Daniel Stringham  3 months back

                                                                        Who didn’t tell me about this channel 5 years ago

                                                                        • tinchaulee
                                                                          tinchaulee  3 months back

                                                                          By seeing this, I remember the movie "Er ist wieder da", in which Adolf Hitler is very touched when he first met the INTERNET

                                                                          • NO_ONe
                                                                            NO_ONe  4 months back

                                                                            Leaving a comment... now I'm a better human being.. Thanks

                                                                            • naufal roziqi
                                                                              naufal roziqi  4 months back

                                                                              The music is good as always

                                                                              • Thomas Drake
                                                                                Thomas Drake  4 months back

                                                                                Am I a better human being yet?

                                                                                • General Prodigy
                                                                                  General Prodigy  4 months back

                                                                                  5:42 umm.. what is that third word? It is spelt p o r n... I dunno if it is a thing i should be seeing here but ok

                                                                                  • Dokidelta117
                                                                                    Dokidelta117  4 months back

                                                                                    I appreciated the Last Question quote.

                                                                                    • Windows NT 6.0 can be made in 2020

                                                                                      Le Nope

                                                                                      • catlancemc Yt
                                                                                        catlancemc Yt  4 months back

                                                                                        cats did in 10200bc

                                                                                        • Elliot Hemken
                                                                                          Elliot Hemken  4 months back

                                                                                          I was watching your video at 6:02 and I thought I needed to undo Escape

                                                                                          • Andrew Ryan
                                                                                            Andrew Ryan  4 months back