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Evolution of communication and its tools

Imagine how hard it would have been to create inventions, solve problems and write books, novels, newspapers and even magazines without the evolution of communication. Communication methods are something that we have used since the beginning of time to convey absolutely everything. The earliest form of visual communication found are ancient cave paintings. Some of them date back to 30,000 BC. and were used to record pieces of history and tell stories. Years and years later, smoke signals begun to be used by the Ancient Chinese along the Great Wall of China as a way of adverting danger and also by Native Americans that used them to communicate with each other. Then the Ancient Egyptians created a set of 22 hieroglyphs to represent combinations of syllables and consonants. The next stage in communication evolution were carrier pigeons. Lots of pigeons were trained in Damascus and Egypt to deliver messages to hundreds of miles apart and warn their armies of attacks. The use of carrier pigeons lasted all the way through World Wars I and II. During this time, we witnessed the development of the postal service by people instead of pigeons. Then the age of the inventions arrived, and telegraph appeared as the first electronic way to send messages through a wire. It laid the groundwork for the telephone, fax machine and Internet. So, the first landline telephones were created and sprung into popularity and common use in the 1950’s. After that, computer and dial up internet arrived, and World Wide Web was invented in 1990. Instantaneous wireless connection via WIFI and digital networks started to be developed in 1991. That is the way in which SMS (Short Messages Service) arise in 1992. And after that, the age of digitalization boomed with the invention of our loyal friends the smart phones, tablets and social media, which allow us to be connected and communicated every time to everyone.

We could summarise all this evolutionary process in four words: communication each time easier. And now, where are we heading? It is going to be really interesting to see how communication will continue to change and evolve over the next hundreds of years.

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