How e-commerce started

    They say that pornography is the main engine of technological progress. Like, it was only thanks to her that the VHS format pushed out the more advanced Betacam from the market, and the Blu-ray format defeated HD DVD. Someone even dares to say that the Internet itself has become widespread thanks to the “strawberry”. Increasing access speeds, laying broadband channels, wireless networks, 3G, 4G - all for the same shameful reason.

    But there is an alternative point of view. For example, pioneer of IT journalism, John Markoff, writes in his book “What Sonya Says: How the Counterculture of the 60s Affected the Personal Computer Industry” : the very first commercial transaction on the Internet was selling a drug.

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    “In 1971 or 1972, Stanford students used ARPANet accounts at the university’s artificial intelligence lab,” Markoff writes, “for a commercial transaction with students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, the first act of e-commerce was selling a drug. Students used the Net to secretly organize the purchase of an undetermined amount of marijuana. ”

    A lot of time has passed since then, but the drug industry, as the Silk Road example shows, still uses the latest technological advances to stay a few steps ahead of the law.

    Now, some particularly advanced users are even wondering: is it a violation of the law to synthesize chemicals that have properties such as marijuana but are not on the list of prohibited substances, writes The Guardian. Although it is known that such experiments on your own body can lead to various damage to the kidneys, circulatory system and mental disorders.

    However, technology allows us to synthesize more and more new formulas. Over the past year alone, researchers have registered 73 new drugs on the market, which were sold from nearly 700 sites in Europe. In many cases, law enforcement agencies can not do anything with sellers, because the goods did not have time to add to the list of prohibited.

    Scientists say cybercriminals are researching open source research papers in search of all substances that increase motor activity or serotonin / dopamine receptor activity. With high probability, these substances will work as drugs. And let them be tested so far only on rats - who cares in the drug industry? Modern youth happily acts as laboratory pigs.

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