Invention of EMAIL in Newark, NJ (1978): The First Email System
L. P. Michelson, R. Field, D. J. Nightingale, S. Song, M. Feuerman, R. L. Corson
Summary: The invention of email in Newark, New Jersey reveals fundamental truths about the nature of innovation and exposes the “histories” and propaganda of the “golden triangle” of the military-industrial-academic complex whose multitrillion dollar brand advertises itself as the source of all revolutionary innovations. Such propaganda are constructed and packaged by those consecrated as “historians” who hone this branding to brainwash humanity that war brings good things to life. This cabal anoints and exalts its “innovators,” predominantly whites, and a few persons of color, who pledge to its hegemony of innovation. The indisputable facts of the invention of email in 1978 by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, a 14-year-old, dark-skinned, lower-caste, Indian immigrant prodigy, working as a research scholar at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, defy such “histories.” The boy’s invention, the first electronic system replicating the complex and myriad functions of the interoffice, inter-organizational paper-based mail system (inbox, outbox, memo, address book, etc.), which he named “email,” was motivated by his desire to create and to do the “impossible.” Email was invented to digitize this entire system of civilian office communications and not just to exchange text messages reliably for military battlefield communications. Email was the first end user software application that made the digital revolution accessible to ordinary people who had never experienced the computer keyboard or terminal. Ayyadurai’s evolution as an inventor and scientist continued, far beyond email, to his completing four degrees at MIT, receiving worldwide acclaim, and being exalted as an innovator during his thirty-three years at MIT, while within the triangle. He served their needs as a penultimate ambassador and “model minority” to enhance their brand’s image of “inclusivity,” “diversity,” and “equality.” However, when the Smithsonian requested and obtained artifacts documenting email’s origin in 1978, in Newark, on February 16, 2012, and when Ayyadurai accepted this great American honor, he unwittingly pitted himself against their brand. The cabal unleashed disinformation claiming email was created before 1978. When these claims were debunked and Ayyadurai continued sharing facts, the attacks escalated to a public “lynching” revealing an insidious side of racism, which exalts persons of color when needed, and expels and annihilates them when they challenge false histories and propaganda. Email did emerge from “collaboration,” but not from their triangle, but organically in a local, and indigenous ecosystem of a small medical college, where a brilliant young boy, committed teachers, a loving family, and a dedicated mentor, solved a civilian problem, exemplifying countless other innovations across millennia, inspired to advance life not retrofitted from technologies intended to maim and kill. Such histories are deliberately not documented to perpetuate lies that war is good and to mask its rapacious profits. Documenting the invention of email in Newark, New Jersey, therefore, is a historical imperative towards breaking this diabolical trance to reveal a fundamental truth: innovation can occur, anytime, anyplace by anybody, and war and profit are not its necessary and required impetus.