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Fifty years ago today, in Room 3420 at Boelter Hall on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), something amazing happened.

Fast Company writes that a half-century ago today, "A graduate student named Charley Kline sat at an ITT Teletype terminal and sent the first digital data transmission to Bill Duvall, a scientist who was sitting at another computer at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) on the other side of California. It was the beginning of ARPANET, the small network of academic computers that was the precursor to the internet."
KC's View:
Y'think this internet thing might catch on?

There's no question that the technology strides have been enormous, even incalculable. But I have to wonder if the impact on the culture, if also incalculable, has in some ways been in the entirely wrong direction.