Unnecessary to Essential at Superspeed

October 1, 2013 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Not long ago a computer was hardly a necessity, and even if its modern magic was intriguing, it was out of the reach of the average person. “There were many people who thought I was throwing away my career,” says Internet pioneer Robert E. Kahn, when he started out in the field. “In the 1960s, we certainly didn’t have computers in our pockets; there were few academic institutions that had them and people saw very little need for them.” An alumnus of City College, Kahn, who is a co-inventor of the fundamental communications protocols at the heart of the Internet, TCP and IP, spoke at “The Internet: Past, Present and Future,” an event organized by the college’s Grove School of Engineering.