Mark Zuckerberg visiting the Panama Canal

A century ago, the Panama Canal connected the world through commerce. For the first time, ships could sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific without going all the way through the arctic.

For hundreds of years, this canal was just a dream. Connecting the oceans meant inventing new technologies and solving the hardest engineering challenges in the world -- moving billions of gallons of water and designing one of the first mechanical computers to control it. Many people said it was impossible.

Today, the internet is connecting everyone in even more ways. Engineers and scientists are once again trying to do something many say is impossible -- to connect the whole world.
We are carving new paths through all the obstacles that keep us from being close to the people we care about. In the next decade, the internet will connect the entire world -- and this canal is inspiration and proof that we can do it.