If information is what you want, all you need is a computer and an Internet connection before the Internet, people would have to go to the library or depend on word of mouth to find information. The Internet was the outcome of some creative thinking individuals in the 1960s that saw the importance of allowing computers to share and transfer information in the military and scientific fields.
In 1962 J.C.R. Licklider from MIT proposed a worldwide system of computers, which inspired his move to the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, to lead in the development of it. Leonard Kleinrock, also of MIT, developed the basic Internet connection with his theory that data could be packaged for transmission over a shared network instead of individual files.
In 1965, another MIT member by the name of Lawrence Roberts connected a computer in Massachusetts to one in California through telephone lines, which was the first dial-up connection and confirmed Kleinrock’s theory. Roberts moved to DARPA to work with Licklider and engineered a plan for ARPANET.
In 1969 ARPANET, also known as the Internet, was taken online and connected computers between four prestigious universities in the Southwest. Over the course of three years, several other universities were added to that list. In 1972, Ray Tomlinson developed e-mail for the Internet, which allowed for file transfers. The Internet grew in the 1970s as a product of the architecture anticipated by Bob Kahn, but he developed the technology with fellow Stanford student Vint Cerf.
There were many visionaries involved in the development of the Internet we know today. The Internet was designed to keep governmental information safe and offer a network that would work in the event of a nuclear attack. Whether or not the Internet was developed for times of War, it has become a staple in most homes across the world.