What is the Internet Made of?

Sunday April 22, 2018 Written by smith

In an age of instantaneous data transfers, the cloud and handheld magic devices, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the internet is nothing but a glorified assortment of wires and cables strung loosely across the globe.

In this TED talk, journalist Andrew Blum talks us through what he discovered while researching his new book, Tubes. It's a fascinating and eye-opening account of the contested, complex and often fragile infrastructure holding together the internet – the supposedly intangible entity that defines the modern age. It's also a handy reminder to at some point look up from the computer screen and remember that the outside is still a real, and kind of wonderful place.