How The Internet Came to Be and Why It Adversely Affects You3 min read
We all us the internet, whether we like it or not. Consider that there are over 8.97 billion mobile connections existing today, according to GMSA real-time intelligence data. That is more than the estimated population of the Earth, which is 7.71 billion, according to estimates done by the UN.
So how did the internet get its start? A number of factors came into play. The internet technically started in 1983. This was because ARPANET adopted TCP/IP. ARPANET was developed under the direction of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). The TCP/IP protocol suite was designed in 1970s by two DARPA scientists.
The latest version of TCP/IP IPv6 can provide the internet with approximately 3.403 x 10 to the 38th power IP addresses. For all practical purposes this is close to infinity.These are unique public addresses. This would allow every device, whether it be your smart phone, toaster oven, microwave, automobile, everything that runs on electricity and anything embedded in your body, that is powered by electricity, could theoretically be connected to the internet. This means, theoretical speaking, everybody on the planet and all their electrically powered devices, could be monitored by the internet. This means everything that is considered smart, because they are using a microprocessor, BIOS, RAM memory and networking circuitry, hard-wired or wireless could be connected on the internet. Can you say 1984 is about to happen. You read the book and were probably made to read this one in high school or maybe in University. The premise of this novel was very horrifying.
Let’s face it, everything we do is connected to the internet, Every time you buy something in the grocery store, the internet is involved. All banking transactions are recorded on some lonely data server, which could be located anywhere in the world. Even when you use cash, this transaction gets recorded somewhere on some server located on some server farm.
When you drive down the road and are recorded speeding on a traffic camera, this is also recorded somewhere using the internet, When you walk into a shopping mall, everything you do is caught on camera, using the internet to allow someone to monitor your every move. All of this is recorded and saved forever or at least until the server breaks down and not backed up. Everything you say on social media is recorded and saved on some data base and will never be erased. In fact certain social media giants allow us to their software, knowing full well that everything you say and record becomes their exclusive property. You know who these social media giants are. But we continue to use their software and allow it to reside on our computers, collecting our personal ideas and social comments. No wonder certain law enforcement agencies love these social media giants. Do you blame them?
According to some estimates there are 1900 operational satellites orbiting the Earth, launched by 40 countries. How many of these are spy satellites? Nobody really knows, except the countries who launched them. Think about this, the internet can be accessed by using satellites.You do the math. Certain search engines can give you access to satellite imagines that will show any village, town or city in the world, from the perspective of standing in a street. This is not in real-time, but is that far off with the advancements happening in computer technology and the internet.
So we can see the internet is adversely affecting us, as it can be and is being to used to monitor everything we do. Privacy is golng down the drain.