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more on the birth of the internet -- J C R Licklider
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:08:16 -0400
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From: Arthur Evans Jr <EvansSL21 () earthlink net>
Date: August 20, 2008 9:31:36 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] more on the birth of the internet
For IP if you like.
I was glad to see J C R Licklider's name mentioned on this thread.
In the early 60s I was a graduate student in what was then Carnegie
Tech, now Carnegie Mellon. Along with many other institutions we had
an ARPA contract to do various kinds of research. Periodically (I
think it was yearly) ARPA gathered all of the Principle Investigators
to share ideas. One year Alan Perlis, my advisor and our PI, was
unable to attend and sent me. And it was there that I heard Lick
extolling his vision of the Intergalactic Computer Network.
Now, graduate students, particularly ones just starting, know that
they know much more about things than do their seniors, and it seemed
clear to me at the time that Lick's ideas were a bunch of hooey. Well,
He was right, of course, and I was wrong, and I'm glad to admit it
here. Lick had the vision, at a time when the state of research didn't
provide much justification for it. We all owe a lot to that vision.
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