Brian Dear, discusses the creation, evolution, and long-lasting impact of the PLATO system. Dear was first introduced to PLATO at the University of Delaware where he became obsessed with the learning platform and the community around it. PLATO was a automated teaching system. It quickly evolved to a world-wide network of machines that enabled communities of users to communicate, share, and create. Many of the aspects of cyberculture that we see today on the world wide web were being discovered in labs across the world long before “.com” became common parlance. PLATO was on the bleeding edge of technology, bringing about new discoveries in both hardware and software, many of which we still use today.