History of Communication Technology

Communication History

Communication has been the cornerstone for development of civilizations. The civilization with better communication technology advanced much faster. So what were major developments in communication technology. Well friends communication started when people started sending message orally from one area to another area. Let us look at the major developments.

  • Oral Announcements and Smoke signals – This was called announcements, the earliest form of communication. The person with loud voice was revered in the community as script was not yet developed. The message was preceded by sounding drums etc. Also messages were send using smoke patterns.
  • Written Communication and Coding – When writing was invented, the messages were written and distributed. Even now the message was supposed to be carried around by people. Mail delivery became an industry because of the need growing every day. Coded messages were also invented. Morse code is still used.
  • Telephone – Telephone invention by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 led to a revolution. Now messages could be spoken personally and without actual travel. It was an amazing invention.
  • Cell Phone – When I was a kid I used to wonder why the telephone could not be carried around. As I grew old I realized it was due to wires. Cell phone came with a new wireless technology. Now you could carry your phone, talk from anywhere and also send short messages.
  • Internet and computers – Internet and computers revolutionized the way written communication was being delivered. With computers and emails the mail delivery became electronic.
  • Smartphone/ tablets– Invented by Apple the smart phone really brought all technologies together. Now internet was on the phone along with emails. Soon computers would become obsolete. Technology is changing at breakneck speed.