Old Age to Tech Age; How Communication System changes
Our prehistoric relatives and forefathers quick to run, less quick to communicate. In fact, it took several million years before we realized it might be better to organize communication into a system. In some of it’s earliest forms, humans communicated through pictograms, like the stories on the walls of pyramids. But pictograms were limited. So the ancient Greeks invented the first extensive alphabet. Over the next several hundreds of years, communication was limited to handwritten materials which were largely religious and subject. That changed in 1448, when a German, named Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press. His invention combined ink, paper and movable type with the goal of creating standardized reproducible writing. Apropos for the time, Johann printed a ton of Bibles. Spin the wheel of history to the 1700s and meet the Gutenberg presses, faster and most dashing invention, the typewriter.
Historians count 50 or more prototypes that existed before William Austin Byrd patented an early version in 1829. Also in 1800s, an American named Samuel Morse transitioned from painter to inventor when his wife died. He didn’t hear for death until days later. The speed of communication wasn’t up to snuff. Morse Created the Telegraph and Morse code. In the 1870s, two inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray battled to create and subsequently fight over the invention of the telephone.
Bell was proclaimed the winner despite great likely beating Bell to the patent office. Less than fifty years later, another feud erupted. This time between Nikola Tesla and Cuomo Marconi over the invention of Radio. It was also a race to the patent office that ended in Marconi, being awarded the Nobel prize and Tesla being awarded an eponymous eighty span. Now the sound could be transmitted wirelessly.
In the 1950s, television invented, leading to a black-and-white TV signal, broadcast in two living rooms everywhere. Not to be left out, telephones took a page from the ancient Greek scroll and made considerable strides in speed and efficiency with the development of fiber-optic cable by Corning in 1960s. And the birth of a cellphone in the 1980s. Thousands of vacuum tubes later communication focused on the computer and microprocessors. They Dow Corning silicon and computer chips.
And by the early 1980s, personal computers were sold to the public. But of course, where would modern communication be if we neglected to mention The Internet. The internet was first used by the US government until the 1990s, when internet browsing went commercial, marking the tipping point for email and in the shower away messages. But never one to be tethered to the past. We took web browsing from desktop to mobile devices and tablets with the advent of 3G and 4G technology, allowing us to communicate at lightspeed from anywhere across the globe.
Now we shall see what happen next and what technology is coming in future.