Electricity vs Internet


“Nothing is permanent, but change!”

-Heraclitus said in the 4th century BC-

“May you live in interesting times!”

-ostensibly an ancient Chinese curse-


How would we compare the importance of electricity with the invention of the internet? or the cell phone? Can this kind of comparison be made? If I had to lose one of these inventions, which one should I keep? And why?


For many reasons, I firmly believe that electricity is like a magic. It flows, conducts and illuminates in ways that we have never seen. If anybody ask me about the most important invention for my life, my answer will always be electricity. I suppose electricity would be at the top of the greatest innovations list in the past. If there is no other reason than I love magic and pretty sure none of the other innovations would have ever been made and listed as the new creativity and innovation without this important invention.

There’s no one could exactly answer to ‘who invented electricity’. The invention of electricity was rather a chain of inventions that led to the modern-day use of electric power. Lightening is the purest and most basic form of electricity. It required great effort to bring this energy in everyday use.

In my opinion, electricity is more important, even if it is being compared with the internet. That is like a common question that often ask by the people, which is more important, “the chicken or the egg”. Many intelligent person would have to say “electricity” is more important of the two because without electricity, the Internet would not, could not, exist. Electricity, on the other hand, can exist and function without the Internet.

Obviously, the Internet came much later. But I think we can survive without the Internet; we would just have to read plenty of books and start being more social in the real life again. Besides having uncountable benefit which make our life easier, internet also have plenty of new problen on the other hand. Nowadays, most of the people, especially young people in this world say that they can’t life without internet.

The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military field. The early Internet was used by computer experts, engineers, scientists, and librarians. There was nothing friendly about it. There were no home or office personal computers in those days, and anyone who used it, whether a computer professional or an engineer or scientist or librarian, had to learn to use a very complex system.

Since the Internet was initially funded by the government, it was originally limited to research, education, and government uses. Commercial uses were prohibited unless they directly served the goals of research and education. This policy continued until the early 90’s, when independent commercial networks began to grow. It then became possible to route traffic across the country from one commercial site to another without passing through the government funded NSFNet Internet backbone.

During this period of enormous growth, businesses entering the Internet arena scrambled to find economic models that work. Free services supported by advertising shifted some of the direct costs away from the consumer–temporarily. Below are listed some important interneet development that fasten its spreading as the most powerful tool in our daily life:

  • A current trend with major implications for the future is the growth of high speed connections.
  • Wireless has grown rapidly in the past few years, and travellers search for the wi-fi “hot spots” where they can connect while they are away from the home or office.
  • A next big growth area is the surge towards universal wireless access, where almost everywhere is a “hot spot”.
  • Another trend that is rapidly affecting web designers is the growth of smaller devices to connect to the Internet. Small tablets, pocket PCs, smart phones, ebooks, game machines, and even GPS devices are now capable of tapping into the web on the go, and many web pages are not designed to work on that scale.

The Internet has become ubiquitous, faster, and increasingly accessible to non-technical communities, social networking and collaborative services have grown rapidly, enabling people to communicate and share interests in many more ways. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, YouTube, Flickr, blogs wikis, and many more let people of all ages rapidly share their interests of the moment with others everywhere in this world.

Almost all innovations are good but comparing the mentioned innovations (cellphone, internet) to electricity is valid. But, how can internet run without using electricity? Also cellphones needed to be recharged so they will have no function or useless if there is no electricity.

Although there are many great creative and innovation invention, but there is always a need to go with the basics.


–          Rike Giri Cahyadi  –


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