How the Internet Works

by Larry Emmott on July 17, 2014

in Dentalcompare,Internet

networkrIn case you missed it: from Dentalcompare January.

Just as you do not need to understand the intricacies of an auto transmission to drive a car, you do not need to understand the arcane details of the Internet to use it. On the other hand a basic understanding will help you use it more effectively and avoid potential problems.

The Internet is the largest endeavor in human history. It is big, I mean really big. Almost three billion people are online, that is more than one third of the entire population of the planet.

However the Internet is not just people connected through computers, it is also things. Anything with an IP addressable chip is part of the Internet. That includes your phone, your car, household appliances and even some dental equipment. But the Internet is not just the things it is connected to it also is the network…

We tend to think of the Internet as a network similar to the phone system. That is a hub and spoke arrangement in which we send information from our location to a central command center where it is routed or switched to the intended recipient. The intelligence needed to connect the call is located at the central switch and once the connection is established there is an unbroken link from sender to receiver.

The Internet does not work that way at all. It is more like a tangled web of connections; if the web was created by a deranged spider.

via Emmott On Technology: How the Internet Works | Dentalcompare.com.

The Internet will have a more profound effect on the world we live in than any technological advance of the last century. More than cars, planes, electronics, telecommunications and all the rest. It will affect our lives in ways we cannot yet even imagine.

For dentists the most obvious change the Internet has brought is the way patients find us. This leads to web pages, Google and social media. All of which are changing constantly as we learn how to use the Internet most effectively.

Less obvious but possibly more significant is the use of e-services. These allow us to automate certain tasks to free the people in the office to be more productive. The best example is appointment confirmations.

The future will include massive online data bases that can be used by Artificial Intelligences to enhance diagnosis, and real time remote systems for tele dentistry.

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