Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"A Packet's Tale" - How Does The Internet Work?

 A visual explanation of how the Internet actually works. Ride with a packet of data and follow it as it flows from your fingertips, through circuits, wires, and cables, to a host server, and then back again, all in less than a second. 

 The "World Science Festival" created this short video explainer as a setup to "Internet Everywhere: The Future of History's Most Disruptive Technology", a sold-out program featuring Internet pioneer Vint Cerf of Google, MIT's Neil Gershenfeld, lawyer and Internet advocate Elizabeth Stark and Alex Wright, director of user experience at The New York Times.

Disruptive technologies uproot culture, can precipitate wars and even topple empires. By this measure, human history has seen nothing like the Internet. Pioneers of the digital revolution examine the Internet’s brief but explosive history and reveal nascent projects that will shortly reinvent how we interact with technology—and each othe

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