Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing
Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing is a short documentary film from 1972, produced by Steven King and directed/edited by Peter Chvany, about ARPANET, an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP.
The 30 minute film features many of the most important names in computer networking, especially J.C.R. Licklider and others from MIT's Project MAC who had connected a computer to ARPANET the year before. According to a history of computing equipment by Columbia University it "begins with a montage of equipment ... and then has interviews with ARPANET creators." The film discusses "the potential that this network has for revolutionizing so many industries and institutions".
- Turing Award winner, implementer of multitasking operating systems.
- J.C.R. Licklider (Lick): (1:00-1:40), and many times throughout the film. Licklider discusses how despite the invention of the printing press being a revolution the transmission of information on paper was slow. He also discusses collaboration, access to digital libraries, the transition to electronic information and the social processes involved in this.
- Lawrence G. Roberts: (voice 1:40-2:25) SIGCOMM Award winner.
- Robert Kahn: (2:25-2:35, 3:15-6:25, 6:55-) Turing Award winner.
- Frank Heart: (2:35-3:15, 6:25-6:55)
- William R. Sutherland (Bert): (13:50-15:10)
- Richard W. Watson: (17:34-18:30, 25:05-25:15) mass storage researcher
- John R. Pasta: (18:30-19:25)
- Donald W. Davies: (19:25-21:55)
- George W. Mitchell: (21:55-24:05, voice only)
- Daniel L. Murphy: (Behind the titles, several other times including about 15:44)
- (8:27-8:32, with beard and glasses): previously misidentified as Jon Postel
Cory Doctorow called the documentary a "fantastic 30 minutes of paleo-nerd memorabilia". Matt Novak of Gizmodo said "When you hear a man like J.C.R. Licklider describe the information age before it had even begun to trickle into the public consciousness, we understand how forward-thinking these people developing the ARPANET in the late 1960s and early 1970s truly were." Mark Liberman described it as "amazing".
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- Liberman, Mark (March 19, 2006). "Heralds of Resource Sharing". Language Log.
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- "Computer Networks - The Heralds Of Resource Sharing (Arpanet, 1972)". Retrieved 30 October 2016 – via Internet Archive. - full film