There was this idea that the “Internet” was only for academics and government. But we were having a lot of commercial customers come to us and want to be able to use the Internet for conversing with their people at universities as well as at other companies around the US. So, we worked with a couple of firms, PSI and UUNET, and together the three of us formed something called the Commercial Internet Exchange. And when we did that that was the first time ever that commercial traffic was able to pass through the Internet.
In an environment where everybody can pick up everybody's tools, we're all weirdly empowered now. And I mean kind of weird in an almost fey sense like, our powers are weird, they make us weird, and they make our our conflicts weird. It's again that idea that our tools are interacting with our human flaws in really really interesting ways. Read more →