On Distributed Society. The History of the Internet as a Guide to a Sociological Understanding of Communication and Society
As early as 1960, the Internet pioneer J. C. R. Licklider stated: " In due course [the
computer] will be part of the formulation of problems: part of real-time thinking, problemsolving,
doing of research, conducting of experiments, getting into the literature and finding
references... And it will mediate and facilitate communication among human beings.
Licklider expressed the hope that the computer “ through its contribution to formulative
thinking... will help us understand the structure of ideas, the nature of intellectual
processes. The “most important present function of the digital computer in the university
should be to catalyse the development of computer science.