Communication Through The Ages
Before the days of tweeting and texting, people communicated with one another a little differently. Even with the help of animals and use of structured hand signals, it would still take weeks, sometimes months, to send a message. Over time, the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and messages has become easier with shiny new technologies. Here is a look at the evolution of communication throughout the ages, and the methods and tools that have helped connect us all.
- The Big Bang
- Spoken Word Stories (5-7 M)
Oral communication was once the only means for passing one’s ancestry to the next generation or spooking them with a frightening ghost story.
- Neanderthal Cave Paintings (33.000)
Our hunched predecessors had an eye better than Picasso, creating cave masterpieces throughout France. Inspired by all the smelly cheese?
- Postal Service (550)
Did you hear the one about the unstamped letter? Woy wouldn't get it.
Lost in the mail?
Canadian electronics scientist Doctor Maurice Levy invented an automatic postal sorter in 1957 that could handle 200.000 letters an hours.
- Smoke signals (150)
Chinese soldiers were able to transmit messages as far away as 750 KMs in just a few hours with smoke signals along the Great Wall.
- First handwritten Manuscript (301-800)
The first Western manuscripts were written without spaces or lifting the pen. Strength training? Go write the Bible.
- Carrier Pigeons (1150)
Although commonly referred to as "flying rats", these bobble-headed birds were once treasured as yesteryear's dutiful postmen.
Sad but true? A South African company managed to send data using a carrier pigeon faster than over an ADSL line from the largest South African ISP. The pigeon arrived in two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds, by that time, only four percent of the same 4 GB was transferred over the ADSL line.
- Gutenberg Printing Press (1440)
This brilliant invention paved the road for the Renaissance. Reformation and Scientific Revolutions, and helped the spread of learning to the masses.
A step ahead? European printing presses circa 1600 were capable of producing 3.600 pages per day. By comparison, movable type printing in the Far East was done by manually rubbing the back of the paper to the page and output didn't exceed 40 pages per day.
- Smartphone (Maritime Flags) (1684)
English scientist Robert Hooke was created with inventing semaphore, apparently because the patent for "funny hand waving with flags" was taken.
- Morse Code (1836)
We like morse code so much, we figured we'd just use it: ... - -.—. —... -.—...-..-. Interesting, right?
- Typewriter (1867)
Now a common form of communication for hipsters, the typewriter's first publication esa "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.
- Telephone (1876)
Do you think when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone he thought telecommunication would progress to "ROTFLMAO"?
Can you hear me now? Today, there are 4.16 billion people who own a mobile phone.
- IBM Punch Card System (1890)
Made popular Big Blue, punch cards were used by the army during World War II. "The Sorter" sequenced cards at 650 cards a minute, giving new meaning to "punching out at work".
- Commercial Radio (1920)
The first radio broadcast included famous opera singers from the Met, today we're graced with the likes of Justin Bieber.
Not dead yet? There are about 44.000 radio stations worldwide.
- TV (1925)
The Buggles said it best, "Video killed the radio star.....oh-a-oh". Americans spend over 13 hours a week watching TV.
- Word Processor (1964)
Word Processors saved a few trees, allowed us to write faster and procrastinate longer.
Remember the good old days of WordPerfect?
- Email (1965)
Without the MIT researchers that created email, male enhancement spam and forwarded chain letters wouldn't be possible.
- Internet (1969)
Starting as a US military project, ARPANET serves as the foundation for the modern Internet as we know it. Defense spending win!
- Basic Text Editor (1976)
Emacs and Vi were two popular text editors created this same year, sparking the nerdiest w in Internet history.
- Markup Language (1978)
Here's another IBM innovation: Charles Goldfarb, commonly known as the "father of markup languages, convinced IBM's executives to deploy GML commercially".
- Search Engines (1990)
Who would've thought the PageRank algorithm would lead to the golden era of pornography? Thanks Google.
- Wikis (1994)
First created by Ward Cunningham, wiki means "fast" in hawaiian, which is how long it took the community-edited Wikipedia to destroy every encyclopedia maker in town.
Did you know? The English editor of Wikipedia Encyclopedia contains around 3 million articles as of now and if someone were to print the entire Wikipedia encyclopedia into a book, the size of that book would roughly be equivalent to 952 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Instant Messaging (1996)
Instant Messaging, or IM for short, gave us the wonderful world of emoticons. Having a conversation with the person next to you ha never been easier.
- Social Networking (2002)
Thanks to Friendster, then MySpace, and now Facebook, we spend a quarter of our time
at work online on social networking sites.
- Microblogging (2006)
Tweets, tweet, tweet... those smile bursts of 140 characters happen 200 million times a day. Who do you know?
- Online Content Collaboration (2011)
One part word processing, two parts web technology, and a dash of social networking. Shaken and stirred, enjoy it in the cloud.
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