10 Big Breakthroughs: A History Of Accelerating Technology Innovation


The Internet

Kurzweil raised more than a few eyebrows when he predicted the rise of the internet at a point where it was called Arpanet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), a packet switching network for universities and researchers funded by the US Department of Defense. "To the casual observer, it looked like the World Wide Web came out of nowhere, but you could see it coming if you looked at the exponential progression," he said.