ARPANET Dialogues: Ayn Rand, Yoko Ono, Jim Henson And More
An odd art project — imagined conversations between famous people in the early days of ARPANET, the network that eventually evolved into the Internet:
Who is your favourite puppet from the line of characters you have created Jim.
Thank you. John loves your programmes too.
Each character is special for me they represent different aspects of myself. Kermit the frog is perhaps closest to me. An altar ego of sorts.
What does that say about you.
Big laughs. He is exceptional.
I dont know. I don’t think too much about it.
My favourite is Big Bird. He is so tall and gentle.
To be honest I find it to be senseless entertainment. I prefer the celebration of men and what they can achieve.
Do you have children Ms Rand.
What do children have to do with what I prefer.
Full Story: ARPANET Dialogues
Cyberculture History: Internet Co-Inventor Paul Baran RIP
Paul Baran, inventor of packet switching and co-founder of the Institute for the Future, is dead. If anyone could have claimed to have invented the Internet, it may have been Paul Baran. From Wired’s obit:
Baran was working at the famed RAND corporation on a “survivable”communications system in the early 1960s when he thought up one of its core concepts: breaking up a single message into smaller pieces, having them travel different, unpredictable paths to their destination, and only then putting them back together. It’s called packet switching and it’s how everything still gets gets to your e-mail inbox. [...]
Baran approached AT&T to build such a network. But the company, which at the time had the U.S. telephone monopoly and, backing Baran, could conceivably have also owned the internet, just didn’t see the possibilities.
Wired: Internet Architect Paul Baran Dies at 84
Wired 2001 interview with Baran
New York Times obit for Baran
Wikipedia: Paul Baran