Louis Pouzin is one of the titans of internet communication. In the early 1970s, he invented the datagram, paving the way for packet communications networks and the internet as a revolutionary tool for distributing information. Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn both cite Pouzin as a major influence in the development of the TCP/IP protocols that make up the heart of our modern-day internet. He was also foundational to France's version of ARPANET, CYCLADES.
We talked to Pouzin, who now lives in France, about the current shape of the internet, its influence on mass culture, and how to prepare for what it will become in both the near and distant future.