Communication Timeline

Since the dawn of mankind, we’ve been communicating in some form or another. One thing that fascinates me is the fact that when communication first started it took thousands of years before the next level was invented. During the information age (the time-frame after the industrial revolution), we have started inventing new forms of communication much faster. It is now to the point where we essentially come up with several high-level new forms each year!

Here’s a list of many of the forms of communications along with their approximate introduction dates. Notice that I said “many” and “approximate”… I simply created a list of many of the more important communication thingies and some of the dates were tough to track down. Therefore, I did my best job in compiling this list. Don’t use it as the end-all be-all, but it should be good enough for government work. Most of these invented ways to hold discussions have patents, but several came from a time before patents!

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Communication Technologies Through the Eons

  • Talking (circa 100,000 BC)
  • Writing (circa 3,200 BC)
  • Courier (circa 2,400 BC)
  • Smoke signals (circa 150 BC)
  • Mail (circa 9 AD)
  • Chinese Print the first book (1100)
  • Gutenberg Printing Press (circa 1450)
  • Morse Code (circa 1836)
  • Telegraph (circa 1837)
  • Fax (circa 1865)
  • Telephone (circa 1876)
  • Radio (circa 1893)
  • Commercial Flight (circa 1913)
  • Airmail (circa 1918)
  • Television (circa 1927)
  • Cable TV (circa 1950-ish)
  • Modem (circa 1950-ish)
  • Computer Printer (1953)
  • Modern Fax Machine (circa 1964)
  • Instant Messaging (circa mid-1960s)
  • Satellite TV (circa 1967)
  • CompuServe (1969)
  • Email (1971)
  • Mobile Phone (1973)
  • BBS (1978)
  • Cellular Phone (1978)
  • AOL (1985)
  • Satellite Phone (1988)
  • World Wide Web / Internet (1993)
  • IP-based Cam Chat / Video Chat (circa 1990s)
  • Geocities (1994)
  • On Demand TV (circa 1994)
  • Voice over IP (1995)
  • Blogging (1997)
  • Google Search (1998)
  • Social Media – Friends Reunited (1999)
  • Wikipedia (2001)
  • Google Gmail (April 2004)
  • The Facebook (2004)
  • Twitter (2006)
  • Apple iPhone (2007)
  • Google+ (2011)
  • Google Hangouts (May 2013)
  • Google Glass (Available in early 2014)
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    What’s next? I’m not sure if it will be next, but I seriously believe the “brain modem” is coming. This will read our thoughts and convert them to digital information that can be transferred to others. The scary part of this technology (to me) is the capability of government and others to hack into our very thoughts! Think about that for a minute!!

    Regardless of what you believe is coming, know that it is not only coming, but these technological advances are coming faster-and-faster each year. As I alluded to above, it took us nearly 2,000 years to go from mail to the telegraph. Yet, we managed to go from the telephone to the radio in fewer than 20 years! These days (with the advent of the computer), we manage to make technological leaps at least every year.

    What do you think will be the next major technological invention in the communication timeline?

    Last note: Did you notice that Google has been banging out the last several on my list? Interesting??!!

    Thanks for reading,
    Vaughn

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    Comments

    1. What’s next you ask? A life that is lived completely virtually… matrix style!!!! http://www.oculusvr.com/

      • I can appreciate your enthusiasm, Ryan… However I think we may see one or two other devices appear before we’re all naked, lubed, and living in a tube with a cable coming out of our spines. HA!

        Thanks for sharing!

    2. Chris Rowson says:

      Vaughn – I do think it’s interesting that Google is behind the most recent advancements to date. My thought is that Google, much like Apple, Samsung, and many of others have tried…will look to control and group people into synched niche channels. Almost as if Google starts growing on us like “Fibers” in our clothing;-) Apple tried it’s best to control their audience with synchronization between ios formats, as well as Samsung “lync” respectively…but Google is the one that scares me with it’s extreme capabilities and power behind it’s knowledge of the way we think aka “search…” Google Fiber will be the next big thing as we move forward, and I believe one day people will start relocating closer to others that are “searching” and “subscribing” to similar things because the Google “Fibers” are bringing them closer.

    3. Lots of good communication can be had non verbally. Body Language, etc. Not so modern but we loose touch when we only thing high tech 😉

      • So very true, Tom! I was amazed to find that there are still some places utilizing smoke signals!! HA!

        Loosing touch is a painful thought, but I fear we will have to go through before we truly realize how much we need it. I’m predicting a loss of touch for a decade or so before it comes back strong!

        -V

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