In the long-ago early days of the internet, when dinosaurs roamed free on the plains of Myspace, it used to be a truism that pornography drove technological progress.

Some pundits claim that the US military wouldn’t have had the sizeable user base it did when it invented the internet were it not for avid consumers of pornography. The porn industry went on to lead the way in the development of streaming video, webcams, data tracking and online payments, as well as being a major driver in the demand for bandwidth...

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