Internet achieves middle age: life begins at 40

Forty years back, on the 29th of October, Leonard Kleinrock connected the UCLA computer to Stanford Research Institute.

And that means, arguably, that the internet is 40 years old today because for the first time two remote computers became connected.

CNN has an interview with Kleinrock who quite modestly says that millions of people created the internet. His role was to connect the UCLA computer to Stanford using the first packet switcher available.

A 50 kilobit per second line created between UCLA and SRI’s machines allowed Kleinrock to send two letters of the alphabet between the computer. It was supposed to be three, l+o+g, but the remote machine crashed then.

He told CNN: “When the host computers talked to each other, I like to say the internet uttered its first words on that day.” The CNN interview is here.