A Global Nervous System: From the Telegraph to Cyberspace

While the telegraph seems so old and outdated, it was revolutionary technology in the 1830’s and 1840’s. Samuel Morse and the telegraph changed the way that people communicate through long distances, inevitably impacting the future as they knew it.

Looking back from a 2020 standpoint where a text message takes all of three seconds, communicating using morse code through telegraph seems to be a long and tedious process. However, when you consider that ancient civilizations used drumbeats and smoke signals to communicate, the impact that the telegraph made becomes significantly more apparent.

As the telephone and fax machine became popularised, the telegraph became less and less ideal. However, without the groundwork set by the telegraph, communication technology that we have today would not even be in use.

While electronic advancements from the past may be severely outdated today, they helped to pave the path to our current world. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Samuel Morse.

“Couldn’t have done it without you, Sam”


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