The Progression of the Internet and its Societal Influences

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As humanity has progressed throughout time, the development of new technology has propelled nations forward to simplify living and have radically modified how societies function. In the 21st century, a minute number of innovations have radically influenced popular culture and redefined how society. However, the innovation that supersedes them in impact is the Internet. Originally created as a means to securely transmit information for military purposes, this renowned networking system has empowered individuals to create multibillion-dollar businesses and changed human social behavior. The Internet has radically reformatted how global societies function in a plethora of unique ways it will continue to do so as nations continue to adopt it. The history of computing can be traced back to the 1880s. As the population of the United States drastically increased, the government could no longer effectively calculate the census by hand, and Herman Hollerith, creator of IBM, designed a punch card system that successfully calculated the census twice as fast and saved five million dollars. After the development of the punch card, computers progressed rapidly as a failsafe way to calculate data. On average, these computers consumed 93 square meters of space and were comprised of thousands of vacuum tubes, which were prone to failure. In 1948, John Barkdeen and Walter Brattain developed the transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories, and in 1958, Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit at Texas Instruments (Schell 3). Both of these innovations eradicated hazardous, inept vacuum tubes and enabled computer engineers to design a smaller, more powerful computer. With this new design, computers were more practical for scientific resea... ... middle of paper ... ...tments and Causes. Right Diagnosis, n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Perlroth, Nicole. "EBay Profit Soars 144% as E-Commerce Rebounds." Business Day Technology. New York Times, 18 July 2012. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Schell, Bernadette H. The Internet and Society: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007. Print. Sequoyia-Mackay, "It Was Pretty Sad," Said Cheyanne. "How Data Mining Can Boost Your Revenue by 300%." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 28 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. "Social Networking" ProConorg Headlines. N.p., 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. "Social Networking Statistics." Statistic Brain RSS. N.p., 12 Aug. 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Torevell, Terry. "Anxiety UK." Anxiety UK RSS. N.p., 9 July 2012. Web. 1 Dec. 2013. Wasik, Bill. "In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One." Conde Nast Digital, 12 May 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

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