Thursday, March 27, 2003

The man who brought the first smile to the online world

The Internet has come a long way from the APRANET of the 1960's to the advanced graphic World Wide Web we see now. The guy who created the web, Tim Berners Lee has got an even more ambitious plan- Semantic Web where machines will understand the content they publish and there will be compete automation in the online world. At this juncture, remembering something as simple or as small as the guy who brought the first smile to the online world is indeed a fantastic feat. The guy is none other than Scott Fahlman, an IBM researcher known for his work with neural networks, who on September 19 1982

typed :-) in an online message and brought the first smile to the Internet. The smiley face went on to become a staple of online communication and has today become the very essence of communicating online. What a great way to start a wonderful journey!

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