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Happy birthday to the Internet!

You know, that thing that brings us cats and stuff. Forty-four years ago today, a message moved between two computers connected through a network designed to enable the sharing of information between various government funded science projects.

Columnist Michael Hilzik looks back at the web’s infancy, including a forward-looking 1968 paper titled “The Computer as a Communication Device,” co-written by Robert W. Taylor, one of the lead officers at the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency.

"In a few years," the paper began, "men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face."

Communicating online, he concluded, “will be as natural an extension of individual work as face-to-face communication is now.”

Read more on the Internet’s origins here, or just click around pretty much anywhere else on this page because, amazingly, you’re on the Internet right now!

Aww, way to barrel toward middle-aged, Interwebs!

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