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Written by:Irene
Published on October 8th, 2014 @ 04:48:00 am , using 588 words
For start: seriously on porn!

Pretty well-known - but not wildly advertised is the fact that many technical wonders we use these days were initially created for military purpose. Much less known - or rather to say, shyly covered - is the story of those internet technologies we own to... the porn-industry. OK, here we are:

  1. Payment systems. According to the New York Times' investigation, the very first users of the electronic payments' system (invented by Richard Gordon in early '90) were clients of the porn-sites. Even in 1999 internet users spent no less than $1.3 billion on porn-related materials' purchase.

  2. Porn-sites started to support streaming well before it was implemented in You Tube. Acacia Research invented technology of streaming in 2003 - and cashed on it pretty well when won several legal battles against porn-industry which used their patents. Illegally of course.

  3. Viruses, anti-viruses, trojans and so on. Some time ago porn-sites were literally over-infected by all kinds of those programs. Cyber-pirates knew better where to place traps and snares for simple-Simones from all over the world. And if there are viruses... so, anti-viruses must be written as well.

  4. As early as in 1990 Penthouse gave to its subscribers 28.8Kbits modems. To read most popular articles from The New York Times, I presume. But essentially, it was porn-industry which created broadband internet. Most certainly. More than 20% customers of broadband service in 2000 were also subscribed to the various porn-sites.

  5. Porn-sites began to collect statistics of visits well-before search-engines. Also, porn-industry invented profit-sharing proportionally to the traffic volume.

  6. And of course, porn-sites are absolute leaders in video-chat using. Sure thing, it's better to see ones - than to hear about a lot. One photo worth a thousand words - or isn't it?

Well, porn-industry shaped the internet as it exists today. Whether you may call it "adult content", "erotica" or "pornography" whether you consider it disgusting or titillating, the facts are clear that without business and technical pioneers in the online sex business, the World Wide Web would never have grown so big so quickly. Without consumer demand for big, bandwidth-hogging sex pictures and streaming video, Cisco would never have sold so many routers and Sun Microsystems so many servers.

Without programming pioneers trying to perfect video streaming software that would deliver images of copulation and procreation to paying customers hooked up with a 28.8 kbps dial-up modem, it is unlikely that CNN would be effectively delivering news clips of global breaking news. Without sex-oriented chat and forums to sustain its early years, America Online might never have survived. The e-commerce payment systems that are so common today would be in a far more primitive stage of development, security and usability. Indeed, without advertising from sex sites, Yahoo! would be just another Web company with a bloody red bottom line.

That's Lewis Perdue, in his book EroticaBiz: How Sex Shaped the Internet.

And - what could be a future for the industry? And - for the internet? Research and development department of the IBM announced not so long ago that transmission of the sensual information over the internet seems to be not so far away. Of course, if we will be able to transmit touch, scent and taste first who will use such an opportunity will be porn-industry.

As soon as computer animation will become developed enough - we will see a huge rise of the unemployment among the porn-stars. Really - who will need them if we will be able to see everyone naked and sexually-active, and inside interactive reality? When virtual reality will get more mature (example: Oculus Rift's googles) - real world of porn will be doomed. Finally.

Location: New York, United States

5 comments

Comment from: aaronfolch  

Great job Irene!

10/08/14 @ 20:00
Comment from: charlestenglish  

Thank you for allowing me to read your blog. Pornography has existed since the dawn of time (or close to it). Your piece was extremely well done, and it was about a subject that’s near and dear to our hearts. I’m certain that no one has texted you to say that it was too avant garde for them to read. Your blog was well researched, and was presented in a format that was entertaining to read.

10/09/14 @ 16:32
Comment from: Irene  

Dear friends, thank you so very much for your kind comments!

10/10/14 @ 05:39
Comment from: sargentrock33  
sargentrock33

excellent article Irene, you are obviously a very very intelligent person I can tell this by this article and also by just talking to you thanks!

10/14/14 @ 00:48
Comment from: ttyler5  
ttyler5

:D Where did you get that pic? That is ~awesome~! :D Lolol

I was looking for Lewis Purdue’s book you mentioned above, and found this page with a "copy" in old MS Word files! Check it out, it’s archived! :D

http://www.eroticabiz.com/

10/14/14 @ 22:15

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