Concept of the Internet Traced Back to 1934
Internet marketing company Cucumber Local today commended entrepreneur Paul Otlet, who, today, was recently recognized at the World Science Festival as having birthed the concept in 1934 behind what is now the modern-day Internet
New York, New York (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
Internet marketing company Cucumber Local offered praise and commendation to the late Belgian lawyer, author, and entrepreneur Paul Otlet, who was credited with having come up with the first concept behind what is now known as the Internet. Otlet referred to his 1934 notion as the “Televised Book”, but much of what he described in his early vision can be seen in the operation and functions of today’s Internet.
Fox News reporter Sean Captain wrote today that Paul Otlet was a Belgian information expert who fathered the idea of the Internet nearly an entire century ago. Otlet envisioned what the future might look like for telephones and television if they combined forces, allowing for people to use telephone wires to share information and knowledge in addition to using them for entertainment and primitive communication. In a sense, Otlet foresaw the development of today’s Internet services, which people get via phone, cable, or satellite television companies. He may not have been able to predict how the World Wide Web would advance, to the extent of the Internet becoming a worldwide marketing platform and sites jousting for first-place search results using the help of an SEO company to get there. But for his time, Otlet was remarkably ahead of the game.
Cucumber Local’s site owner, “Cuke”, is quoted as saying, “It’s unbelievable to me that, 84 years ago, the concept of the Internet was realized by a man who wasn’t even alive to see its birth. It’s interesting to me that none of Otlet’s brilliant writings or works have been translated into English. I believe that he deserves more credit than he is given. I’m very pleased to see his name being used at such events as the World Science Festival, giving him recognition and acknowledgement.”
The above-mentioned Fox News article reported that the credit to Otlet’s original premise for the Internet came about recently at the New York City World Science Festival, when panel member and author of “Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages” Alex Wright mentioned in his speech that the original concept behind the Internet could be traced back to the 1930’s. He then described how, in 1934, Otlet developed a vision for what he called “the Televised Book”, in which people could place a telephone call to a “great library” with a request for information. Librarians would then pull the information that would answer the question, and send it back to the caller via television signals. This could be said to have been the most primitive concept of a search engine.
The Fox News article also reported that Otlet’s vision included dividing the screen into different segments—in other words, being able to view multiple windows at once, an actuality at present. One of the more shocking ideas that Otlet put out there has just been turned into reality within the past five years, and that is the idea behind what we now know as the Kindle, iPad, and Nook: Otlet foresaw his “phone-and-screen” combination as replacing books in the traditional sense.
Cucumber Local commends Otlet for his brilliant visions and thanked Alex Wright for reminding those at the World Science Festival about the origins of the original Internet theories. Cucumber Local site owner, “Cuke”, is quoted saying, “I know that Vinton Cerf is typically credited with being the inventor of the Internet, and I do not wish to dampen his title. He is referred to as the “Father of the Internet” because of his exceptional work with the US military to develop the most primitive form of Internet, and he rightly deserves the credit. I am grateful that [Alex] Wright so tactfully brought Otlet’s original vision to the forefront of the discussion in front of so many technology greats. Otlet truly was a pioneer of his time, and he deserves to be acknowledged as such.”