Porn and internet technologies

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porn and internet technologies

Today, inspired by the FT we want to talk about porn and internet technologies.

FYI, no link here would take you to any weird things or adult content (except this one). So it’s actually safe for work.

 

There will be two newsletters, first about how the industry was before the internet and the impact it had on the internet. Then we will talk about how the internet influenced the industry and go through some numbers.

Porn before the internet

Porn always existed. There was primitive porn art,  “the sixteen pleasures”, published during the Roman empire. We stop at two examples, but this list is long.

 

The business model of the last thousands of years was to create content and distribute it. First drawings, then books, images, and movies.
The money was flowing to the distributors and creators.

When porn industrialized, actors and models had exclusive deals with companies, providing security along with money and fame.

Movies were released in cinemas, TV  was screening movies, DVDs and magazines were a thing.

 

To show you how much budget they had: the second movie of the adult version of Pirates of the Caribbean had a budget of more than $8 million !

 

Before the internet, you had to pay to access adult content. You could theoretically borrow it, buuuut people tend to avoid such embarrassing conversations.

 

Porn was restricted, difficult to access and expensive. In stark contrast to today, when porn is easily accessible and free by searching on Google images.

 

Porn and internet technologies

Sure… it was developed by the army and used first by universities. However, the earliest porn sites were hosted on college campuses.
Fun fact, the MIT had the highest number porn sites.

 

It is, however, not often said that this industry also deeply influenced the internet and drove new technology adoption.

 

Because of the high volume of traffic on porn sites, infrastructure had to be constantly improved to provide more bandwidth.

We have high-speed internet thanks to your weird uncle.

 

Because people really wanted porn and were ready to pay, the industry developed and drove the adoption of online payment.

You can be afraid of buying something online, but somehow this clientele was very motivated to access the content.

 

Porn sites were also improving technology to compress images and stream video.

Maybe you watched the show “Silicon Valley”, that’s probably what happened when porn sites wanted to send more videos and photos with a horrible internet connections.

Of course, that’s not the best story for a show on HBO.

 

The first websites to develop live video chat were cam sites.

It’s thanks to cam models that you can have incredible zoom meetings.

Some argue that porn has a much better chance of pushing the adoption of VR glasses than Mark and his incredibly shitty Eiffel Tower.

Others say that Gütenber was a huge perv and he developed the printing machine to print the first edition of Playboy.