Networking has had dramatic impacts on our day to day lives. This hasn’t always been the case. When computer technology first came onto the markets in 1977, they were primarily used for Scientific research, later in businesses, then followed by libraries and schools. This technology expanded more into the homes of the upper to middle class in the 80’s. Now, practically everyone has a PC or laptop in their homes. Do not be deceived. The very ideas of bringing computers to life started back in the late 30’s upon my vast research. The main use for computers was originally for scientific research even though researchers started working on developing even more capable networks that would change the way we would be able to communicate.
Yesterday’s background paper will continuously analyze technologies for tomorrow’s information super highways. The more advanced networks will always be used to support scientists in their work first, the more this will keep researchers linked to the super computers, data bases, and other scientific instruments that can further medical science, space technology, and education. This will also enhance businesses, especially the entertainment industry. There are test networks that are funded as part of a high performance communications and computing program. These networks are a collaboration from the government, academia, and industry.
There has been significant progress in the development of technologies that will achieve many goals of the high performance computing act of 1991. I’d like to take a quick jaunt back to 1988 to pay homage to Steve Jobs, who was the Apple cofounder. Steve left Apple to form his own company and eventually unveiled the NeXT. Though the computer he created failed, it was quite recognized as an important innovation with very special features. The NeXT carried a price tag of $6,500, but this computer ran too slow to become popular. The significance of this computer was that it was one for personal use, one that incorporated a drive for optimal storage. It had a built in digital signal processor that also allowed voice recognition as well as having an object oriented language to simplify programming. This began a spark and a major gateway for more research for the use of personal home computers.
So now, back to the future. As we can see, networking technology has enhanced drastically, and we are about to embark on the super information highway! So, strap yourself in to see how far we have really come!