What is the Internet?


What is the Internet?

[woosh] [ding] [buildup sound] [music] What is the internet? The internet is like a popular thing. Some satellites up there. I picture it in my head with like waves of
internet going to the phone. Somebody told me a cloud once. The internet is a lot like plumbing it’s always moving. Most people don’t have any idea where
the internet came from and doesn’t matter, they don’t need to. It’s
sort of like asking who invented the ballpoint pen, or the flush toilet or the zipper. These are all things we just use every
day we don’t even think about the fact that one day somebody invented them. So the internet is just like that. Many,
many years ago in the early 1970s my partner Bob Kahn and I began working on the design of what we now call the internet. It was a result of another experiment called the ARPANET which stood for Advanced Research Project Agency Network. It was a Defense Department research project. Paul Baran was trying to figure out how to build a communication system that might actually survive a nuclear attack. So he had this idea of breaking messages
up into blocks and sending them as fast as possible in every possible direction
through the mesh network. [whoosh] So we built what eventually became a nationwide
experimental packet network, and it worked. [electronic music with heavy beats] Is anybody in charge of the internet? The government controls it. Elves, obviously elves! The people to control the Wi-Fi
because then no Wi-Fi, no internet. T-mobile, um, Xfinity, Bill Gates [pause] Right?! The honest answer is well nobody and maybe another answer is everybody. The real answer is that the internet is
made up of an incredibly large number of independently operated networks. What’s interesting about the system is
that it’s fully distributed. There’s no central control that is deciding how packets are routed or where pieces of the network are built or even who interconnects with whom. These are all business decisions that
are made independently by the operators. They are all motivated to assure that
there is end-to-end connectivity of every part of the network because the
utility of the net is that any device can communicate with any other device;
just like you want to be able to make phone calls to any other telephone in
the world. There’s nothing like this that has ever
been built before. The idea that what you know might be useful to somebody else or vice versa is a very powerful motivator for sharing information. By the way that’s how science gets done,
people share information. So this is an opportunity for people to
think up new applications, maybe program them as apps on a mobile phone, maybe become part of the continued
growth of the infrastructure of the network to bring it to people who don’t
have access to it yet; or just make use of it on a day-to-day basis. You can’t escape from contact with the
internet so why not get to know it and use it. [swirling sound effect] [ding] Subtitles by the community

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100 thoughts on “What is the Internet?”

  1. Toru Kondou says:

    THE INTERNET… not internet

  2. Toru Kondou says:

    be care THE INTERNET

  3. ORA ORA MUDA MUDA says:

    the internet is for porn

  4. Dennis Diamond B. Belvis says:

    Thank you sir, for the advancement of humanity. God bless you.

  5. GeeksPort says:

    That was awesome…
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  6. kwang2015 says:

    Old Jake Gyllenhal

  7. Jaycris Lumpas says:

    The internet is for porn

  8. Saud Al Ajlan says:

    Does any body can stop internet to be available in a given country. I mean can a country be punished not to allow internet service to work in that country?!

  9. Thomas Glover says:

    I’m not sure this is 100% accurate

  10. druzy woozy says:

    turn on the subtitles and enjoy youtube

  11. A B Bikes Cars N’ Guitars says:

    Jesus Christ ..

  12. Learn With Rao says:

  13. Damon T says:

    I wish I could understand this on the level that IT people do. Ugh.

  14. anvesh makkena1 says:

    Still I am not understand what is internet and how it came

  15. Lamie Chisley says:


  16. Fergal Downes says:

    Hey mate, good video that you have here. Keep in touch.

  17. martin rodriguez says:

    This is the architect of the matrix

  18. TEX says:

    Holy shit how stupid can you be

  19. Emanuele Buda says:

    bella paguri

  20. Hammy says:

    all these people are dumb, the internet is a series of tubes

  21. MIGUEL DASTAS says:

    prove it

  22. 서찬욱 says:

    I don't wanna be on them internets!

  23. Humberto Brandao says:

    So!! can some one tell??? me if we have internet at the moon already ???.
    im traveling there next year!!

  24. ProperGoodDishcloth says:

    Who’s here from Northampton uni?

  25. Point V says:

    Internet is TV station with all the controls given to people everywhere. It is a bite off the TV apple. Yet, many countries had TV system, so it could be used to build their own Internet, just spread the damn cable caross the country. But Bill Gates desided he'll keep Internet as US two-way information system, second side meaning all the info on people of the world is in US government's or CIA's hands, in the hands of corporations, banks, you name it. Why take painstaking effort to line cable across the oceans? ( Or may be cable saga is a myth, same as flying to the Moon.) There is no other reason, but to be in control of information. However, it is hard to say if information volnurability is a by product of very democratic stance on information distribution. It is oftentimes a fact that one and the same deed can have two opposing effects. In reality every country that has TV system, can have it's own Internet, but then to enrich the experience, countries would have to connect their cables to each other. No wander Russians wanted to stop Internet cable across the ocean. Russians are not stupid. Eccentiaclly it is war for the market. Then again, any country is free, or is it, to create their own Internet and then attach it to other country Internet. Why would such system not be favorited? I do not know, may be there'd be few reasons including political pressure from US.

  26. GG LL says:

    elves….. oof

  27. Eric Wong says:

    Me: What is the Internet?
    History Channel: ANCIENT ALIEN!!!!
    Religious group: GOD's CREATION!!!
    My friend: Place to watch porn
    My girlfriends: Place to spend your creditcards
    My teacher: Place to watch po…. I mean news and inpormation
    My parents: Place for us to track you down
    My government: Place for us to spy on you

  28. Neelam Mann says:

    Thanks sir

  29. Luis Avila says:

    Only 600K views?! I'm 24 and just found out what the internet really is. Thank you

  30. Terrence Milton says:


  31. Terrence Milton says:

    It's too big to control. It's like trying to control the universe.

  32. RB says:

    Though no one owns the Internet, who builds, owns and maintains the infrastructure of wires and connections?

  33. Bjørn Johan Humblen says:

    Internet should be illegal, it gives too much power to rich hackers.

  34. Clueless 1 says:

    What if when the human species dies out the next dominating species will discover the internet and find the stuff that we did..

  35. DoggoSpeed says:

    all these fat american people are so faking dumb

  36. Bennett Brown says:

    I think you should splice in a cameo of Bill Gates shrugging or wagging his finger or shaking his head

  37. plugboy91 says:

    I still don’t know what the internet is

  38. James Orend says:

    vint is actually steve carell from the future

  39. Qureshi Amin says:

    my sir asked me ''how does internet works'' he needs a one line answer what to say help plzz someone giv me a best answer

  40. Zachary D. Botelho says:

    The internet sounds a lot similar in concept then i thought

  41. DaZaRx says:

    mes grands-parent aime internet mais internet n'aime pas mes grands-parents

  42. Hiwa Shekhanny says:

    Bill Gates" 😛 hhhhhh

  43. Tom Anonym says:

    Don't need to know feble interpretations of what the internet is. Trying to find some other video.

  44. Hamza Guma says:

    Nobody everybody I really don't get

  45. robinhood says:

    Lets not forget that internet is also a social and ecological disaster….. I think it is a false useful tool. We were happy as well in the 90's before it appeared.. It makes us lazy, excessive goods and fake news consumers, capitalist victims and over narcissistic people.. It also consume so much energy and is at the orin of the production of sooo much wastes… Is it a so great invention? Hmmm..

  46. bpmotion says:

    We should shut down social media channels on the weekends.

  47. Lachlan TSANG says:

    big chungus

  48. Vera Faddoul says:

    big chungus


    I hate the internet at school

  50. Jack Sew says:

    3:03 was kinda creepy

  51. jrak says:

    Thanks Dude

  52. Ntm A D A CmOut says:

    Why isn't this guy the richest man in the world

  53. Templar E-Z says:

    If everybody owns the internet that makes me an owner. Why am i paying for it ?

  54. Leander T. says:

    What is the name of that song from 3:23

  55. Leander T. says:

    What is the name of that f ing song for the outro

  56. JW says:

    To be an Internet Consumer or Internet Producer? Your life will be very different.

  57. Dracula Nova says:

    This 'internet' thing seems interesting, I may check it out for myself one day.

  58. sri vidya secondary school says:

    Watching about internet , with internet – Irony…

  59. jack nevin says:

    this is very insightfull

  60. Nicholas Murphy says:

    This is very insightful and helpful, he clearly likes it

  61. nithin says:

    Bill Gates Seriously??

  62. Rashid Salim Mbaruk says:

    Internt is so first as you think in your mind you get your answer

  63. Alper Özge says:


  64. Catboi says:

    Its a series of tubes!

  65. Jellyz_ PG3D says:

    The internet is a place for gamers. Our parents gets mad of us becuz of the internet. But little did they know if something dies like Gabe the dog ( Your barks will echo in our hearts) Almost all of us will go there…. We will feel sad 🙁

  66. JIKUU BEST MATCH says:


  67. Vincent Lee says:

    0:17 Seattle Seahawks fan

  68. Real Awesome Network says:

    I got College Finals today! Wish me luck! 😱😱😱

  69. Hafsa Ryuzaki says:

    Is he still alive😱🤯. He's a true legend and ofcourse Robert Kahn too

  70. Brandonvgaming says:

    help me bill gates LOL

  71. Brandonvgaming says:

    go watch ALIA stop watching this

  72. LourdAlec Villanueva says:

    Google: I know everything.
    Facebook: I know everyone.
    YouTube: Everyone loves me.

  73. stwart moor says:

    this dumb white people would just come on the Internet and talk rubbish, Philip Emeagwali was the first person who ever made computers talk to them selves which is what the internet do. Give credit to a brother.

  74. Jannatul Choudhury says:

    "The internet is like a..popular thing."

  75. ch2o says:

    i’m here for the airpods

  76. Vithushan Logan says:

    Perfectly explained about the internet with beautiful clip art.

  77. jonathan tacan says:

    so internet is like the middle man ?

  78. Aaron Nicholson says:

    Question is happening you watching one or other things is it saved how many times you can you watch it what do to internet

  79. JIKUU BEST MATCH says:



  80. James Walrath says:

    Why are you interviewing kids wtf haha

  81. Ratigan2 says:

    Why was "grandma finds the internet" meme not used as a thumbnail for this video?

    You missed a good opportunity

  82. Ratigan2 says:

    "Bill gates :D"

    "right..? :o" lmao

  83. JAYA MCGHEE says:


  84. maviya sayyed says:

    bob kahn and vint cerf 🙂

  85. _ JuanMS _ says:

    Fuck the bitch that said "elves obviously elves".

  86. Blake Toussaint says:


  87. Chetan Singh says:

    1:35 lol

  88. Joseph Hoffler says:

    this video represents a analytical view on the creation of the internet and simplifies it, almost too much

  89. Steve the Bartender says:


  90. David Iacono says:

    i hate tuesdays

  91. Fla_m says:

    You posted cringe bro, delete it.

  92. Steven Sinclair says:

    We all know what the internet is, but what does it mean ??

  93. Brady Lange says:

    Pretty interesting video!

  94. Faraz khan says:

    1:34 i liked the way she said "the government controls it"

  95. Menkir Dennis says:

    "The internet like is a…" 0:09

  96. MIGUEL DAVIS says:

    This video explains nothing! Thanks

  97. Pug Youtuber says:


  98. HerobrineSLAYER says:

    My AP!!! Computer science teacher knows absolutely nothing about computer science and she relies on this to teach us…

  99. Bijay Shrestha says:

    Girl: Billgates! …..

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