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I was watching a Sam Harris interview just a moment ago. When he mentioned that we've only had cellphones and the Internet for something like 5000 days. So I looked it up. "When did the internet start?" is really a rather vague question to ask. If I was forced to answer such a question though I would argue that the internet, at least as we know it today, effectively began on August 6, 1991 with the public release of the World Wide Web project by CERN. The era of the mobile 'cell' phone began in the US in 1983 with the FFC approval of the Motorola DynaTAC(Japan had such systems in 79'). It went on sale on March 6, 1983.

So, using these numbers and the date of this post I come up with these results:

Internet Age: 6533 Days
Cellphone Age: 9608 days

A bit longer than Sam claims. But his number is most assuredly more useful. Yes the DynaTAC was on sale in 1983. But it cost $3,995. A dodge Ram 50 truck cost $5665 new back then. Sure the Internet existed, but I didn't hear about until after I graduated high school..... in 1996. My dad did have a cellphone quite a bit earlier than that though. But for most people in the general public cellphones didn't really hit till right around then either.

Incidentally 5000 days ago was 17/10/1995
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From:fdmts
Date:June 25th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)

5,000

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My experience is that I have a terrible gut feel for numbers above about 100. I can glance at a pile of stuff, a group of people, whatever ... and very rapidly and accurately deal with the concept of 5, 10, even 50. However, if you ask me to visualize two groups of people - 500 and 700 strong - I got nothing. One group is bigger than the other by 40% ... and I can mentally lay them out on some sort of grid ... it doesn't mean much to me at a gut level.

I've got a few other reference points: 1,000 is my high school graduating class, filling half a basketball court in neat little rows of chairs. 100,000 is the Michigan stadium, full.

I guess that what I'm saying is that until I do the math and break it down (as you did) into "about 13 years," 5,000 days means much the same to me as 7,000 days.

Interesting point though.
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From:tcpip
Date:June 26th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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If I was forced to answer such a question though I would argue that the internet, at least as we know it today, effectively began on August 6, 1991 with the public release of the World Wide Web project by CERN.

But... before the web we did the same thing with USENET.
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From:thunderballs
Date:June 26th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
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USENET ruled!
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