The Incredible World Of The Internet

When it comes to online surfing, the Internet and the World Wide Web—often used interchangeably—are in fact two different things. Whereas the Internet is a collective network of different computers, the Web contains all the linked pages, like websites, the Internet accesses. And although today the Internet may seem like it's everywhere, it wasn't always that way. Back in 1993, 38 million people (less than one-quarter of the U.S. population) were privy to broadband Internet service. Today? More than 1.2 billion people have the Internet on their mobile devices alone. In fact, the use of the Internet has become so bread-and-butter to our everyday lives, the popular search engine Google was inducted into the dictionary as a verb.

Now that the Internet has become part and parcel to the way we live, we are beginning to see wide-reaching effects. How does privacy come into play? How can stalkers and harassers be held accountable? What age is it appropriate for children to access online information? These questions will likely be debated for years to come. In the meantime, check out this playlist to learn more about this amazing thing we call the Internet.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The thickest of the submarine communication cables are no thicker than a soda can. 00:27

  2. Some submarine communication cables are as deep underwater as Mt. Everest is high. 00:49

  3. The first undersea cables were coated in tree sap to protect them from the water. 01:50

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Wi-Fi was accidentally invented in 1992. 00:14

  2. Light has a frequency range 10,000X greater than radio waves. 01:19

  3. Watch Dr. Harald Haas use a lightbulb to stream a video: 03:24

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A web-cache server acts as a "holding tank" for the most frequently accessed things on the Internet. 00:42

  2. When you search for things online, you are connecting your IP address to another IP address, similar to two phone numbers connecting for a conversation. 03:58

  3. "HTTP" stands for hypertext transfer protocol. 04:18

Written by Curiosity Staff October 28, 2014

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