Time travelling


In the last 50 years we have become a connected world through technology. Long gone are the days of scanning encyclopaedias, waiting for a library book or never knowing why Praying mantises only sometimes eat their mates. We now have instant access to more information than we know what to do with, and as such, have been able to push humanity forward with profound effect.

So, travel though time with us as we investigate how we got here, the last 50 years of the Internet, and forecast Siemens role in what the next 50 years might bring.

The Unconnected Ages
Functional implants

Siemens researcher Eberhard Spenke and his team at Pretzfeld semiconductor lab developed a process for producing ultrapure silicon, revolutionizing the entire field of electrical engineering and electronics.
More about the history of microelectronics at Siemens

Chip n Dip

The microchip is invented. It is one of the most important inventions in human history, as almost all modern technology we use today contains a microchip and depends on them to function.

You're so basic

It was a big year for the advancement of our connected world, from the invention of the computer mouse by Douglas Engelbart, which changed how a computer was accessed, to the first supercomuper being built, namely the CDC 6600. Lastly, it was the year where we took the first step towards giving individuals access to coding the creation of the development language BASIC.

The Internet was born

On October 29, 1969, the first message was sent over the ARPANET
from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock's laboratory at University of Carlifornia to the second network node at Stanford Research Institute.

Bugs attack!

This year is another big year as it is the year the floppy disc was developed and the first computer virus, named CREEPER, was created. More about cyber security at Siemens

Call me, Internet

This year critically changed the way the world would be connected. The term Internet is coined when the University Collage of London and Royal Radar Establishment created the first global network using ARPANET, and the first cellular phone also made its ringing debut.


The Domain Name System (DNS) was invented, prior to this sites names had been obtuse sequences of letters and numbers and now more easily remembered names will be used.

We come one

Siemens premiers the Hicom private communications systems. It fulfils the global standard for the future Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and the first system to integrate all forms of communication in a single network, using one line and under one phone number.


Siemens once had the opportunity to invest in a startup that would let people make phone calls over the Internet, but we turned it down... leading to us miss out on a slice of their $50 billion of revenue a year. Just going to show that even as drivers of innovation we can also make mistakes.


The term World Wide Web was coined by Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, while working at CERN.

Planting seeds

Hyper Text Markup Language was created by Tim Berners-Lee. HTML became the seed for all development languages and is still widely used even now.


The first website was launched by CERN, giving visitors information regarding The World Wide Web.


Siemens presents Synapse-1, the world’s fastest neurocomputer: It is 8,000 times more powerful than a conventional workstation.
More about Synapse-1

Launching of giants

Amazon is launched, heralding the rise of one of our times technological and ecommerce giants.


Siemens launches the first website.


Google launches with its first product, its unique and optimised search engine. This is the birth of the second of the four technology giants of our times.

Web 2.0 has Poked you!

The term Web 2.0 is coined, a term referring to the evolution in the use of the internet and related technologies. These changes where focussing on making it easier for users to engage with the internet. It also happened to be the year Facebook launched, giving birth to the revolutionary concept of social media and establishing what would become the third of the four large technology giants.


2.0 heralded the rise of streaming and blogging with YouTube and Reddit launching.

Follow me

The social media boom starts to take off as Twitter gave the world a space to express themselves 140 characters at a time.


The world became more visual as everyone as Instagram democratized photography and gave the world the Valencia filter.


The rise of the bots

Google Now launches, heralding the introduction of chatbots, leading to the rise into research of artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Man vs Robot

AlphaGo breaks the boundaries of AI and the hearts of go players world wide. Go, the oldest strategy boardgame in existence, is bested by the AI machine, who not only beat the world’s best players but would go on to play itself. Through machine learning would beat it’s previous updates, showing the true learning potential of machines. More about AI at Siemens

Talk about Revolution

The term 4th Industrial revolution was popularized becoming a catch all for all future innovation, heralding the biggest shift in the future or humanity since the Internet was launched 49 years early. More about speaking to the IoT at Siemens

Talk to the hand

The first commercial phones that you can interact with using touch free hand gesture controls come onto the market, marking the next evolution of the way humans interact with machines.


Level up

5G launches and becomes one of the most important pillars of the Forth Industrial Revolution. With superior speed and connectivity the potential for completely connected cities, autonomous driving fleets and untold problem solving abilities. More about 5G at Siemens

Talk to me

Voice command technology has gone further than before with the computer learning and people’s natural tendencies, making voice command the go-to way to give commands.

Good Morning, Siri

Technology and research have pushed chatbots to become more real, to such an extent that most people have their own personal chatbot assistant and start have more conversations with chatbots then other humans. The barrier between artificial and a real is becoming more transparent then before.


Screen grab

Interfaces have gone from being fixed screen experiences to becoming something that could be accessed anywhere without the need of a screen with commands be given verbally.

Smaller is sometimes better

Personal computers have gone from a desktop to laptop to now the size of a wristwatch, without losing the capabilities of the machines of the most powerful computers we know.


Welcome to the future

The world is unrecognizable compared to the one that we will in now. We walk amongst cyborgs, life-like humanoid robots and have all the flying cars that we were promised in the 1960’s. With the ability and drive to shape the future, it will be a most impressive sight to see.