Another invention to which no firm date nor name can be ascribed, the internet nonetheless remains an absolute necessity for a top inventions list. With origins buried in US military facilities during the Sixties as a way to deliver fault-tolerant communication between individual computer networks, the internet soon grew in scale, with the development of increasingly large and complex networks. By the early-Eighties an identifiable backbone of the internet had emerged with its potential being realised, both commercially and academically. As a result, companies and institutions started linking their own networks and — along with the birth of the World Wide Web — a new era of online communication, business and entertainment had dawned.