Welcome to today’s episode of hungryandbored, I want to recap Tuesday’s posting about the evolution of technology [at least within the telecommunication industry] and I want to continue from my ending statement about the possibilities of the future.

I mentioned in my previous post the capabilities of the phones of today doing more functions than a phone is required to do. Let’s stop for a moment and think how we the people of the present are now communicating compared to back then. Back in the day, what did we use to communicate with people over long distances? Why we use the good old fashioned hand-written letter that takes months, even years to be delivered from either horseback, bundled within a caravan or overseas with your local caravel. Imagine if you want to write to your wife (you probably don’t but let’s pretend that you do, and ladies, we won’t judge if you had wives back then too), and it takes the local guy with horse three months to jebas knows when from one side of the country to the other, imagine how long it would take to finish one proper conversation with the wife? Wow…if today we only had something that would make writing letters so much easier and faster….

(Spoiler: We do)

Thankfully, the solution has existed since the middle 1960’s the concept of email in the form of MAILBOX existed throughout the MIT system. I won’t bog you down with the details of email because if you’re reading this, you probably know how to navigate around the internet already. Then we have web services provided by Yahoo, AOL and other large internet-based companies that hosts your email address.

And as I mentioned earlier, how the phones are evolving (possibly faster than us), now you too can write a letter in your phone while you are on the move. Long gone are the days must you wet your quill with ink and scribbling whatever gibberish you deem fit for your wife to read on papyrus, instead now you can draft an email while riding the subway and by the time you get out, you’re only one button away to sending that email to multiple people who will receive it within the minute (possibly on their phones too and reply within an hour or so).

If you haven’t noticed at this point, I am trying to show you how we are slowly shifting from physical communication to a textual/online form.

I’d go on with a strong ending statement about emails and whatnot but I can only be bored for so long before hunger takes over.

Tune in next post while I try to say something awesome about: ‘Social Networking’ [Cue dramatic music]


Source: http://www.nethistory.info/History%20of%20the%20Internet/email.html History of the internet by Ian Peters