Fiber optic trunk lines traverse ocean floors to attach to Internet Exchange points that connect to ISP core routers sprinkled across every continent. From there, cables and antennas branch out to connect phones and computers so that people can share memes, trade stocks and find lovers.
The inventions that made the internet as we know it are too numerous to list. But perhaps the most impactful was the one from 1989. Tim Berners-Lee realized that the internet is only as useful as the things we put on it, and came up with the concept of hypertext.
Today we work to expand that vision to its logical conclusion and give an IP address to any conceivable thing that needs one. And so as text turned into hypertext, things turn into Hyperthings. On this Internet of Things blog we keep track of that development.