What to expect

This chapter discusses the history of computer networks, from the ARPANET to the present day.

“It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a ‘thinking center’ that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”

Joseph Licklider, 1960


Refs for Networks…

[130] The Sputnik Surprise, DARPA website link

[131] Memo to the Intergalactic Computer Network, Kurzweil link


[133] Coding In Paradise: Original Program Announcement for Mother of All Demos


[135] Courtesy of William Lau (Lau 2017, ibid)

[136] “Hacking the Curriculum”, Livingstone & Saeed, John Catt Educational Ltd, 2017.

[137] NCCE Resources, KS4 Networks, Lesson 5 Activity

[138] NCCE Resources, KS4 Networks, Lesson 3 Activity