Internet History And Its Relation To Business And Recruiting
Welcome back to the Dentalworkers’s chair! Let’s reminisce…
Since its creation the Internet has permeated almost every aspect of traditional business. Slowly but surely, the dental industry has also merged on to the information super-highway, but did you ever wonder how it all began?
Of course, dentistry did not motivate the Internet's creation. Like many scientific advances in the past century, the idea of an electronic information network was pursued primarily for the defense purposes. In 1957 the Soviets launched Sputnik, a technological "en garde" that prompted President Eisenhower to create the Advanced Research Project's Agency (ARPA). Its purpose was to develop a strategic network that would remain operational even if a nuclear attack destroyed one or more of its nodes. (Though, I'm sure Eisenhower had his Dentist’s welfare uppermost in his thoughts, too.) By 1969, an attempt at such a network began operating between 4 U.S. research institutions, and from these four nodes, it grew to the global system that it is today.
Originally used exclusively by government and educational institutions, various developments made it possible for commercial organizations to take part in, and eventually dominate the network. With the birth of the World Wide Web in 1991, and the subsequent 1993 release of the first Internet browser, user-friendly Internet came to people's homes and offices. Since then, browser upgrades, hi-speed connections, and the relative ease of electronic communication have made the Internet a vital part of people's businesses and lives.
Come back next week when we look at how the Internet has changed the way the dental office operates. From insurance to holiday decorating, we'll have it covered!
If you have any questions or suggestions for future topics, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Dentalworkers Question).
Tip of the day: "Do you see the resemblance between an inflated glove and a turkey? Use the Internet to search for other ideas to decorate your waiting room for holidays using common office supplies."