What will communication and media be like 50 years from now?

By Mara Cheriz Arcenal &  Keziah T. Gallo

The future of communication and media has a myriad of opportunities and innovations to offer. Thanks to technology, communication is now just a click away. However, this was not the case back then. Many years ago, communication and media were quite different in comparison to what they are today. From writing a letter stroke by stroke in 500 B.C. to delivering a telegraph by horse in the 1970’s, message transmission has been progressing evidently, even before (Szabo L.V., 2014). Communication has developed despite distances when telephone lines and radio signals were introduced in 1890 and 1891. Media history was shaped when the television was created in the 1920’s and computer networks rapidly modified technology and thus, emerged the Internet in the 20th century.

Social Media Network. Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Retrieved August 30, 2019, from https://pixabay.com/illustrations/social-media-social-network-3758364/

In the coming years, the possibility of inventions that were once considered far-fetched ideas could bring forth a digital culture with ease and convenience. Such predictions include the fast-charge battery, the language-translator, and robots or androids (Sterkenburg T., 2012). The Age of Graphene industrializes a fast-charging battery in replacement of the lithium ion battery for all types of gadgets. Moreover, a language-translating device would be made available to bridge the language barrier between locals and foreigners while travelling. Likewise, Artificial Intelligence robots or androids may take over by answering company phone calls for queries, providing data and displaying presentations in schools, giving directions to tourists, scanning for medical diagnoses and more.

Artificial Intelligence. Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Retrieved September 2, 2019, from https://pixabay.com/illustrations/artificial-intelligence-brain-think-4389372/

From this, we can infer that there is a vast difference in our daily life in the past, today in the present, and 50 years from now in the future. By now, we should expect and be open to changes in the trends of communication. Lastly, we should observe proper usage of these things once it is made available to us.

Altmann G. (2019) Artificial Intelligence. Retrieved September 1, 2019, from https://pixabay.com/illustrations/artificial-intelligence-brain-think-4389372/

Altmann G. (2018) Social Media Network. Retrieved August 30, 2019, from https://pixabay.com/illustrations/social-media-social-network-3758364/

Sterkenburg T. (2012) What’s the future of communication? Let’s ask the experts. Retrieved August 24, 2019, from https://thenextweb.com/media/2012/07/15/whats-the-future-of-communication-lets-ask-the-experts/

Szabo L.V. (2014) The Future of Communication: from New Media to Postmedia. Retrieved August 24, 2019, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042814063848


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