With the advent of dial-up in the 1980s to the public, with their IBMs housed in white casing and a laudable modem compared to today’s, the world has come closer together as shortwave radio has become obsolete. Before the 1980s, shortwave radio had the ability to bring the world together with any sort of immediacy. It was the pre-internet internet when radios were still part of American life, as most electronic devices relied on analog signals. Now things have changed, as the world now relies on the digital streaming for their communication. What was considered immediate in 1980s can be considered delayed now.
The internet was originally created in the 1960s, as commissioned by the United States government with private industries to develop a stable, distributable computer network. In the 1980s, with the U.S. government, the National Science Foundation and private firms led to the development of the world wide web. And in ten years thereafter or so, the commercialization of the world wide web blossomed into what it is now.
This the Golden Age of the Internet. This is science fiction becoming science fact. What Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote in the early 1800s and early 1900s have become reality for the most part. Heck, even what Gene Roddenberry dreamed in his television series Star Trek have become reality as smartphones and tablets resemble the devices used by the starship crews. We have yet to reach the point however when these technological advances become too much, too fast. We have yet to reach The Animatrix‘s Second Renaissance, the apex of technological progress.
This is the world science fiction writers and futurists have only dreamed about.