In 2000, 5.8% of humans used the internet.
Approximately 78% of internet users didn’t consider saving music files to their computer hard drives as stealing.
Over 30 million humans, or 32% of internet users, sent e-greeting cards to friends and family.
This year, online purchasing followed a steadily upward path. 48% of internet users, or 40 million Americans, bought a product online. The main reason for the growth in the population of e-consumers is that internet users had an increased comfort with online transactions.
The glitch that happened in 2000 was the Y2K bug (Y2K stood for the Year 2000). This flaw caused issues when dealing with dates after the 31st of December 1999.
The situation involved computers that would shut down due to confusion because they were programmed to automatically begin dates with “19” instead of “20.” This issue, also known as the millennium bug, was faced on the 1st of January 2000 by users and programmers all over the Earth.
Many humans were concerned about what would happen on the 1st of January.
However, the catastrophe was averted, thanks to the updated programming and preparation done before the change of date.
Advancements of the Technology in 2000
2000 was an excellent year for technology. In case you don’t remember, here are the most important events in the technology timeline in 2000.
DeviantArt came online
DeviantArt is an online art community featuring photography, videography, and artwork. It was launched in 2000 by Matthew Stephens, Scott Jarkoff, Angelo Sotira, and others as a part of the Dmusic Network.
The site succeeded thanks to its unique offering. However, with the progress of digital imaging, the Internet expanded into the multimedia universe we have today, as the art communities of the past started to dwindle.
Users of art networks like DeviantArt traded these communities for major social networks, and on their abandoned profiles, left links to their new Facebook and Instagram accounts.
C Sharp, or C#was developed in 2000 by Anders Hejlsberg and his team. C Sharp is a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language.
In the beginning, they called the language Cool, which was short for “C-like Object-Oriented Language.” Later, when the .NET project was publicly announced by Microsoft, they decided to rename the language to C#.
In 2002, C sharp was approved by Ecma as an international standard, and in 2003 it was approved by ISO.
USB Flash Drive
The USB flash drives, also known as memory sticks or jump drives, were introduced in 2000. The USB flash drive could be used for transferring files between devices or data storage.
They had greater data capacity and were waster than earlier storage media. Unlike floppy disks, they were resilient to magnetic erasure. Also, they couldn’t be scratched like optical discs. After the USB flash drive was introduced, optical and floppy discs faded in popularity.
Release of the Sony PlayStation 2
In 2000, there was a significant change in the concept of game consoles that were introduced by Sony.
The PlayStation 2 allows for game disks to be played, as well as DVDs, which makes it more of an entertainment console than a gaming one. Since the separate DVD players were more expensive, many consumers bought the PlayStation 2 only for its DVD player.
The PlayStation 2 is one of the most successful game systems ever released, with over a hundred and fifty million consoles sold. The success of this console caused competitive and financial problems for Sega, which announced the discontinuation of the Dreamcast in 2001.
Introduction of ASIMO
ASIMO, or the Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, was created by Honda in 2000. This humanoid robot was named in honor of the American writer and professor of biochemistry, Isaac Asimov.
Honda’s goal was to create a walking robot. This robot could walk one mph, change its direction after detecting a hazard, and climb stairs. ASIMO has a camera placed on its head, which could recognize movements, gestures, and faces of multiple objects.
About 100 robots were built, but in 2018 Honda announced that they would be discontinuing all production and development of ASIMO in order to focus on more useful applications using the technology developed through the life of ASIMO.
Release of The Sims
The Sims, a life-simulator game, was developed in 2000 by a team at Maxis led by Will Wright. The Sims allowed players to build a home, get a job, and form connections. A trademark of the games’ design is Simlish, an unintelligible language that the Sims speak.
The Sims quickly became a forerunner for sandbox gameplay, in which the emphasis is on the roaming potential of the game, and there are minimal limitations.
The World’s First Mass-Market Electronic Book
In 2000, Stephen King’s horror story Riding the Bullet was published in ebook format only, and it was the world’s first mass-market electronic book. The book was available for $2.50, and it had over 500,000 downloads. However, hackers eventually cracked the encryption.
Honorable Mentions For 2000
Some other events we wouldn’t want to forget mentioning are:
- The ILOVEYOU e-mail virus was released by young Filipino students.
- The first-ever Presidential webcast was made by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
- Time Warner was acquired by AOL for $165 billion.
- Google launched AdWords.
- The Nokia 3310 mobile phone was released.
- Google announced it had indexed over one billion pages, making it the Internet’s largest search engine.
- The Low-Level Virtual Machine project began. The LLLVM is a set of toolchain and compiler technologies, which can be used to develop a back end for any instruction set architecture or a front end for any programming language.
- The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, designed to protect children under age 13 on the Internet, became effective.
- Steve Ballmer was announced the CEO of Microsoft.
The lives of humans are greatly influenced by technological advances, and they may not be aware of how much they utilize the benefits that technology provides them with.
When we consider the technology humans use in their daily lives, 2000 looks like the dark ages. It can be quite surprising when we compare the technology humans utilize today with how things were over two decades ago.
Regardless of the fact the technology humans used in 2000 can seem basic, the incredible innovations that happened in 2000 were the basis for many breakthroughs years later.