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Did you know?

Long before the technology existed to actually build the internet, many scientists had already anticipated the existence of worldwide networks of information. Nikola Tesla toyed with the idea of a “world wireless system” in the early 1900s, and visionary thinkers like Paul Otlet and Vannevar Bush conceived of mechanized, searchable storage systems of books and media in the 1930s and 1940s. 

Circuit Switching ...

In January 1878, the first telephone switch went into operation in New Haven Connecticut. Switching technology had advanced drastically over the intervening decades, yet the basic function had remained the same: interconnect users of telephones by creating circuits between them. Read the article here

Discussion:

Think of the world today, the way we communicate and the nature of the internet. What are some of the problems with circuit switching?

Enter Packet Switching

Packet switching was a revolutionary and ground breaking discovery that sought to solve many of the problems that arose with Circuit switching. Find out more here. https://www.communicationsmuseum.org.uk/emuseum/packetswitching/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_switching as well as the bitesize version: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zr3yb82/revision/7

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