Before we can actually look into the picture of communication and associated technologies, it is better if we give a look into the history and evolution of communication.
The earliest form of communication germinated from the necessity of human beings to convey their messages. Under the primitive circumstances, communication was local and was limited to voice signals and gestures that can be heard and viewed within the range of hearing and eyesight. These communications were also based on protocols and were direct. The protocols were the rules that were agreed upon by community members to be used for particular purposes. For example, hunters of a certain community would generate certain shrill and loud noises to alert each other about an approaching prey, while the signals for gathering at a particular location were a different one.
From the above scenario, few things should be clear. For communication, few things are absolutely necessary – a language, some predefined protocols, a processor cum controller (in this case, brain) to prompt the communicator when to communicate, an instrument to generate and transmit the message (vocal cord/hand), a form of the message (voice/noise/gestures), a medium (air/vacuum), an instrument to receive the message (eye/ear), an instrument to decode/interpret and process the received message (brain). The constraint in this scheme was that the messages were not universal in nature and were heavily dependent on physical capabilities and natural conditions.
It’s funny to notice that only the variable values have changed in the modern form of computer based communication, the variables have remained the same. For example, the language for all computers in this world is the binary language, protocols are generally defined by IEEE, every computer has a microprocessor, ports are there to transmit and receive the messages, the form is electrical signal, and the medium is wire or wireless. There has been no radical paradigm shift in the way we communicate. All the changes have been superficial in nature and the only change that has taken place is that the distance and certainty of communication has increased to some extent.
Now, after discussing the past and the present of communication technology, it is time we concentrate on the future of communication. In the future also, 3 things will remain constant – a transmitter/receiver, a processor/decode/interpreter at both ends and a form of message. The other things will either become useless or or will merged to form a single entity or hooked along with the main three ones.
In the future, communication will be based on brain waves. Human brains will be tuned to transmit and receive brain waves for any kind of communication. This will nullify the cost of physical infrastructure and the communication will be much more effective, given that human brain is the most powerful and complicated instrument human beings can ever build. It might seem to be an outrageous comment to AI scientists, but the fact is that no one can produce anything more powerful than their brain. The intensity f thoughts and the concentration level will be varied for making the communication more profound and distant.
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