The infinite utility that the internet provides is easily evidenced by asking yourself how often you have referred to google or Wikipedia to ascertain information. Learning a new skill or troubleshooting a difficult technical problem before the web meant hours of research with written books, recordings, or even one on one sessions with an expert. This made highly technical activities and hobbies a lot harder for the everyman to get into.
For the world’s greatest thinkers and scientists, this also meant there wasn’t a highly efficient way to collaborate thoughts and ideas on a large scale, as the spread of data would be limited to phone calls or the sharing of documents through physical mail. The advent of the internet meant that not only would it be easier for these individuals to come together for the betterment of mankind, but their findings could be put into a format that can be accessed instantaneously all over.
The total development of the Internet can’t be fairly attributed to a single person or point in time, but the earliest forms of the technology can be traced to computer scientist Lawrence Roberts. After electrical computers were created in the 50s, the U.S. Department of Defense invested heavily in the idea of an information network, and the ARPNET project first sent a message from UCLA to Stanford in 1969 under the watch of Roberts.
Since then, the World Wide Web has made leaps and bounds into the tool that it is today. It has been a boon not only for those in the scientific world, but allows for collaboration for many different trades. Musicians and artists use it to display their works, and it has been an endless supply of entertainment through gaming and social media. Whether or not the latter is necessarily that good for people is another matter, but the importance of the Internet is immeasurable.