Rhymes of History Technology

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”- Mark Twain (Earyrs, 1971 p. 121).

Telephonoscope

“Edison’s Telephonoscope (Transmits Light As Well As Sound).”

 

kubrick

On Space Station V, Dr. Heywood Floyd places a videocall to his daughter in 2001: A Space Odyssey

Using Skype to communicate across the world

Using Skype to communicate across the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Twain’s quote (Earyrs, 1972), and drawing from Dr. Thornburg (Laureate Education, 2014h), history has a strong influence on emerging technology. This influence can best be phrased as rhymes of history. Rhymes of history describe new technology developed from an existing technology or revising a technological breakthrough from the past (Laureate Education, 2014h). An example of this is Bell’s videophone technology (past technology) and Skype (current technology). The technological breakthrough from the Bell videophone experiment made way for Skype.

Limited commercial Picturephone service between public locations in three cities-New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. began on June 25. The service was inaugurated with a call from Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington to Bell Laboratories scientist Dr. Elizabeth A. Wood, at the Picturephone center in Grand Central Terminal, New York. Robert F. Wagner, then mayor of New York, is seated at right.

Limited commercial Picturephone service between public locations in three cities-New York, Chicago, and Washington, D. C. began on June 25. The service was inaugurated with a call from Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington to Bell Laboratories scientist Dr. Elizabeth A. Wood, at the Picturephone center in Grand Central Terminal, New York. Robert F. Wagner, then mayor of New York, is seated at right

Skype technology 2015

Skype technology 2015

 

Skype is a welcome change to the way we have previously communicated using pen and paper, the telegraph, and the telephone. In the past instead of having to use pen and paper (old technology), we can now use Skype to communicate (new technology). Skype also allows us to see the person we are having a conversation with. Instead of writing a letter and wondering how the person will react to the news, Skype allows us to verbally and visually give news. We can then watch and hear the other person’s reaction.

 

 

Being able to see the person we are speaking with has a long history in both film and animation, which brought about the idea of the videophone. The concept of a videophone has a long tradition in both film and animation.

 

 

 

Their use can be seen as early as 1927 in the movie Metropolis (Lang & Pommer, 1927), in Blade Runner, (Scott & Deeley, 1982) and even in an episode of The Simpsons (Daniels & Reardon, 1995).

(Lang & Pommer, 1927) Figure 6: The wall-mounted videophone in Metropolis Trailer link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObM0drwTshA&feature=youtu.be

An outdoor public video phone service

(Scott & Deeley, 1982)Figure 7: An outdoor public videophone service in Blade Runner. Trailer link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPcZHjKJBnE&feature=youtu.be

Video phone using a rotary dial to make calls

(Daniels et al., March 19, 1995) Figure 8: Picture phone using a rotary dial to make calls from The Simpsons. Description of the episode link:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa’s_Wedding

As technology continues to advance there is no telling what type of communication we will have in the next fifty years. Instead of transatlantic communication we’ll have       trans galactic communication.

Let me know your thoughts!

Felicia

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a mash-up of the videophone technologies in films dating from the early part of the 20th century to the late 20th century. Enjoy!

References

Berg, L. (2012). Videophones in film [Video file]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/38386211

Du Maurier, G. (1879). Edison’s Telephonoscope [Illustration] Retrieved from http://www.schubincafe.com

Daniels, G., & Reardon, J. (1995). The Simpsons: Lisa’s wedding. In J. L. Brooks, J. Collier, G. Daniels, M. Groening, C. A. B. V. Lewis, . . . M. Wolf (Producers), The Simpsons (March 15)USA: Fox.

Earyrs, J.G. (1972) Diplomacy and its discontents Publisher University of Toronto Press, Toronto

Kubrick, S. (Director), & Kubrick, S. (Producer). (1968). 2001: A space odyssey [Motion picture]. United Kingdom; United States: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Lang, F. (Director), & Pommer, E. (Producer). (1927). Metropolis [Motion picture]. Germany: UFA; Paramount Pictures.

Laureate Education. (2014h). David Thornburg: Rhymes of history [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Novak, M. (2013). A brief history of the videophone that almost was. Retrieved from http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/a-brief-history-of-the-videophone-that-almost-was-1214969187

Scott, R. (Director), & Deeley, M. (Producer). (1982). Blade Runner [Motion picture]. United States: The Ladd Company; Shaw Brothers; Blade Runner Partnership.

Skype. (n.d.). http://www.skype.com

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Rhymes of History Technology

  1. cwhipedtech says:

    You always go above and beyond on your posts! I love the way technology has changed the way we keep in touch with others. Skype has been a great tool. I use FaceTime often to keep in touch with my family. My 2-year-old nephew knows who I am because of the face-to-face time we are able to spend together with FaceTime. It is such a great tool!

    Tina

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