We all have had a chance to work and play on the Internet, and have learned so many terms to describe the intricacies with which it works. We see this nebulous cloud that we all touch and pull on, and quite frequently even add to. And we also know that our utility companies provide us with the gateway to get onto the Internet. But is that the end of the story? Not even remotely. Listen to Andrew Blum talk at Ted, explaining how he came to realize that there is a physical side to the Internet. As a matter of fact, there is miles and miles of cables that criss-cross the world (even through the depth of the ocean) so that one continent can connect with another.
And to think that this conversation started because of a hungry squirrel. The world is indeed small when you consider just how something little can turn into something big. Get to know our Internet through the people who actually helped to build it.