Evolution of communication

Communicating has always been essential for human beings. From the cave paintings to the latest wearable technology, we have always been looking for new ways to stay close to those who matter most. We might not know yet where the future will take us but here’s a look on the long way we have already been through.

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5 – 7 million BC: Oral communication, spoken stories and tales passed down through generation.

33,000 BC: Neanderthal Cave Paintings, hands drawn painting visually sharing stories and facts found in the caves of France.

3200 BC: Written language invented, the true writing of language (not only numbers) was invented in Mesopotamia.

2400 BC: Postal Service, formal postal systems originated in Egypt where Pharaohs used couriers for the diffusion of written documents.

868: First block-printed book, the Diamond Sutra was published in China as the first dated book made by block printing.

1440: Gutenberg Printing Press, Johannes Gutenberg (German) created a printing system by both adapting existing technologies and making inventions.

1836: Morse Code, this electrical telegraph system was developed in America to send pulses of electrical current.

1867: Typewriter, historians have estimated that some form of typewriter was invented 52 times as thinkers tried to come up with a workable design.

1876: Telephone, the telephone (invented by Alexander Bell) was the first device in history to allow people to talk directly with each other across large distances.

1920: Commercial radio, after the war, commercial radio broadcasting began and became an important mass medium for entertainment and news.

1925: TV, he invention of the television was the work of many individuals. Originally introduced in very crude form, on an experimental basis, it was then popularized in a greatly improved form after WWII.

1965: Email, the first known email system was MAILBOX, used at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

1969: Internet, starting as a U.S. military project, ARPANET serves as the foundation fir the modern Internet as we know it.

1975: First wearable technology, pulsar introduced the first wearable technology, the calculator watch.

1994: First smart phone, the Simon Persona Communicator was the first cellular phone to include telephone and personal information manager features in one device.

2002: Social Networking, the social networking buzz all took off with Friendster which promoted the idea of a rich online community between users with common bonds. This then opened doorways to the endless online social platforms we have today.

2015+: The future of communication, with vast technology advances (3D printers, Google Glasses, Apple Watches, etc), the future holds endless possibilities for the world of communication. So what will be the next significant breakthrough to take communication to the next level?

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