How Will We Communicate in the Next Five Decades?

by: Macy L. Tagaduar & Era Mae B. Suarez

Before taking a leap to the future, the long line of history on the advancement of communication and media paved the way to the existence of today’s system. Gone are the days of the clickety- clack of typewriters, snail mails, rotary-dial phones, and the beeping pagers. We bid goodbye to the first computers, black and white televisions, and antique radios that are now collected for vintage collections. People have been provided with a lot of options to make life convenient.

Human voice is the first means of communication (Tim Lambert, 2019). Yet turning the clock back to the earlier years of human life, cavemen inscribe accounts of their activities in cave walls. They adapted the use of signal systems such as smoke, instrument sounds, and flags to point out messages. Later, writing systems and the use of pigeons to transmit letters took place. All these emerged however the advancement continued.

The constant progression brought bezel-less touch phones, instant messaging and electronic mail, and smart language translation. Communicating became easier as a child learning his first ABCs. For just hitting that send button, poof, the receiver gets the message in no time.

Evolution of Communication
Keefe, M. (2009). Evolution of Communication. (Cartoon). Retrieved from https://www.intoon.com/cartoons.cfm/id/68559

Setting those aside, we wonder how it would be like 50 years in the future. The possibility of having hologram- like screens that are allowed for daily human use which just pop-up anytime and anywhere is positively probable. Holograms already exist yet not introduced to the commercial market because of the danger it could bring to human skin contact (Gorey, 2015). In addition, gizmos equipped with advanced human intelligence that can converse with humans could be the next version of Google. Also, sending thoughts directly to someone’s brain by a series of neural alteration might be possible. Scientists have even already started developing the neural- control interface which allows a person’s brain to give inputs to a computer and create an artificial output through the use of the recorded brain activity (Abhang et al., 2016). It may seem too futuristic but still, nothing’s impossible.

Media Planning’s Next Big Change Agent: AI
Lafayette, J. (2018). Media Planning’s Next Big Change Agent: AI (Digital Art). Retrieved from https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/media-plannings-next-big-change-agent-ai

Communication and media are always interrelated. One day, all these predictions will be part of the long archive of evolution’s history. This proves that humans’ desire in seeking improvement does not end in a blink. Communication will continue to prosper and help humans strive for life. With media and technology’s aid, human interaction will be more efficient than we ever thought.

References:

Abhang P.,Mehrotra S. et.al. (2016). Introduction to EEG- and Speech-Based Emotion Recognition. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/brain-computer-interface?fbclid= IwAR1qPzIgULYBcp8XciC d2a7lPVir903Zkgfvs D7Wz2Vp7pvnQJ_ VcchTPJk

Gorey C. (July 2, 2015). A touchable, morphing 3D hologram has been invented in Japan. Retrieved from https://www.siliconrepublic.com/innovation/a-touchable-morphing-3d-hologram-was-invented-in-japan?fbclid=IwAR3w0dcEW6NnqlNiF5UIEF1gzOISU1l11_mtth2z1-D0aaTXBIyEKjL1q6c

Kaul V. (April 22, 2012). The Changing World of Media and Communication. Retrieved from https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/the-changing-world-of-media-and-communication-2165-7912.1000116.php?aid=6473&fbclid=IwAR0Y6LZyzydkF7avYrPPxF9YnUYkWGT17Y-likXVNiTfbyP9Z4FuJ9x6hvM

Keefe, M. (2009). Evolution of Communication. (Cartoon). Retrieved from https://www.intoon.com/cartoons.cfm/id/68559

Lafayette, J. (2018). Media Planning’s Next Big Change Agent: AI (Digital Art). Retrieved from https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/media-plannings-next-big-change-agent-ai

Lambert, T. A Brief History of Communication. Retrieved from http://www.localhistories.org/communications.html

Montgomery, A. (2019). What visual communication might look like in 50 years. Retrieved from https://www.monotype.com/resources/articles/what-visual-communication-might-look-like-in-50-years/?fbclid=IwAR3w-D2ehTIuw0ny98nLJjo73AKK2ukZNBYt0_WsDrsKI4hflnzVOth-654

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