Galactic Network Interweb

~ 05 April 2007 ~

In “A Brief History of the Internet” (tripped over it doing related research yesterday) authors Barry M. Leiner et al. write:

The first recorded description of the social interactions that could be enabled through networking was a series of memos written by J.C.R. Licklider of MIT in August 1962 discussing his “Galactic Network” concept. He envisioned a globally interconnected set of computers through which everyone could quickly access data and programs from any site. In spirit, the concept was very much like the Internet of today.

Love that term, “Galactic Network.” Part of me wishes it would have stuck, if merely to refer to myself as Galactic Network Architect.

In fact, I propose we rechristen the internet as the Galactic Network Interweb. Very Web 3.0, is it not?



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1   Josh Blount ~ 05 April 2007

I love it! I’ve taken to calling it the interweb at work, it just feels better.

2   Michael Dick ~ 06 April 2007

Ohhh, very catchy…”Galactic Network Architect”, when can I put “Galactic Network Interweb designer” on my business cards ;).

3   Greg ~ 06 April 2007

I honestly miss the term Cyberspace. Go William Gibson.

4   Blake ~ 06 April 2007

Do you think someone would have the stones to name something “Galactic Network” today? Perhaps maybe a big Trekkie fan, but…

5   John Lampard ~ 06 April 2007

yes, yes, but once we have bases on the Moon and Mars, and Hilton hotels in Earth orbit, then the term won’t seem so silly, now will it?! ;)

6   Cameron Moll ~ 06 April 2007

Who said anything about it being silly?


7   Jdjohnson ~ 06 April 2007

“The internet is a long line of intertangled tubes” - George W. Bush

If you want a new name, I’d stick with GW and just call it “The Intertangled Tubes”.

8   Adrian Kostrubiak ~ 06 April 2007

I like your thinking, but I think we need to take it up to the next level.

Based on this, I motion we rename the internet the “interblagosphere.”
It might be a bit far by current standards, but it’s a move towards the future that needs to be made now!

9   Nathan Logan ~ 06 April 2007

Before we do any renaming, we need to get Al Gore in on the discussion. It is his baby, after all.

10   Cameron Moll ~ 06 April 2007

Coincidentally, you can read (albeit briefly) about Al Gore’s interweb involvement in that same document.

11   lavi d ~ 06 April 2007

Just don’t call it SkyNet.

“The internet is a series of tubes!” - Sen. Ted Stevens.

12   Jemaleddin ~ 06 April 2007

All I know is that “gni” is easier to say than “www” - three times easier! So let’s make all of our sites redirect to - I’ll expect results by the end of the day.

13   John B ~ 06 April 2007

I think we can take this a little further and call it the “Intergalactic Tube Network”

14   Michael Dick ~ 07 April 2007

@Jemaleddin, where I come from (Oklahoma) you most likely here people calling ‘www’ just ‘dub-dub-dub’, ha…it’s our accent. I enjoy ‘dub-dub-dub’ more than gni!

15   Michael McCorry ~ 07 April 2007

My boss has recently taken to calling it “The Intergoogle Wikitubes”.

“Just don’t call it SkyNet.”
… or the U.M.N. (for those Xenosaga fans).

16   Dave Simon ~ 07 April 2007

Jdjohnson - the series of tubes comment was Senator Stephens of Alaska, not the President. If you are going to make fun of people, get your facts straight. But yeah, all old white Republicans blend together, I guess.

17   Rocketeer ~ 09 April 2007

@Cameron Moll - You might be on to something very real! Given the rapid evolution of technology, I do see myself using “gni (Galactic Network Interweb)” or “ign (interplanitary galactic network)”> in the future!

The term “Internet” has a lot of depth if you really think hard about it, “Galactic Network” has more depth without even thinking about it!

18   Justin Kilcher ~ 09 April 2007

Wait..what the heck is an Internet

19   Ricky Irvine ~ 09 April 2007

I like it. Galactic Network Interweb.

20   Johan ~ 09 April 2007

The last book I read by Fred Turner is just packed with historical overviews and thorough analysis: From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. A must read for people that get thrilled by the history (of the web) and networking (the life hub).

21   David ~ 09 April 2007

I never use the internet anyway. America Online has everything I will ever need. Why not just call it “America Online?” That sounds very patriotic.

22   Mark ~ 09 April 2007

I heard they have the internet on computers now!

23   Mark Carroll ~ 16 April 2007

Thanks for the interesting post! Tim Berner Lee, the inventor of the Internet mentioned a while ago that the Internet that we are playing with is one the 1st step in his vision. It is moving towards something called the Semantic Web. A network that can link anything to anything.

If you are interested in Quantum Mechanics then it is easy to envision that this ‘Galactic’ network is even closer then we think. Imagine a network that can communicate with any other network point with no time delay and no concept for distance.

We are moving towards something very interesting here!

24   C. Michael Cooper ~ 19 April 2007

In the Interplanetary Galactic Network, each planet would be similar to an individual company’s network. Think Since we are still planetary and not galactic, our network does not extend into the stars yet… So technically it should be called The Intranet.

“Where do you want to go today?”
“Probably somewhere local.”

25   Tye (Somebody Else) ~ 20 April 2007

I don’t think I’ll ever say “www” again.

Thanks ;)


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