In “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” by Johnny Ryan, he writes about the exciting (if not terrifying at times) when strategic policy decisions regarding Nuclear deployment systems, redundancy, and communication systems were developed in order to insure the United States would not fail in the defense of itself.
But before the technology could be built, competing conceptual theories about just how all that could meaningfully occur in a rapid timeframe were happening in think-tanks. The now Ex Soviet Union eventually developed vaguely similar strategies; but in the early 50s, they relied on brute force and numbers to get their upper hand.
This is the story about how the U.S.took those theories they developed, and forged them into other areas that would allow every part of our world to be connected. Whether it’s medical information, scientific data between universities and schools, or even how commerce and tool die shops tie in to one another; these once specific Atomic concepts eventually morphed into what now allows women and men around the world to chat with their families and friends nearly everywhere in a fashion that is simply taken for granted by most.
This three page post found in this link, is the whole first chapter of a very enjoyable read. It is in fact the whole first chapter and a book I recommend for anyone wanting to learn how we got to the great place we are, as well as where we are going to. (and soon!)