Fascinating – How Communication Has Developed Through New Technologies

Technology has spawned mind-blowing changes in our world. Those days of low-level, basic, and primitive paradigms of technology are far behind us now. Technology has affected our lives in unprecedented ways and still continues influencing major sectors of the world, such as transport, education, health, business, and communication. As a technical visionary, I agree that the advancements in science and technology have made a great impact on the way we communicate, and consequently introducing new paradigms.

Recently, the means of communication have continuously evolved from simple text messages and audio calls to more interactive and ubiquitous methods like video calls and instant messaging apps and platforms which offer other communication services. Clearly, the undeniable impact of technology in communication can be felt by both individuals, businesses, and even governments.

Like every other technical visionary I know, I see technology as a volatile and a progressive phenomenon. This means that it changes and advances rapidly over time. Today, to the delight of every technical visionary like Denis Bederov, technology has enhanced communication to the point where instant messaging is now possible anywhere in the world. In this post, I want to discuss how the evolution of technology has improved and enhanced communication.

 

How Technology Has Influenced Communication – from the Perspective of a Technical Visionary, Denis Bederov

The impact of technology on communication is innumerable. From the pictographs, to the invention of paper and the printing press, invention of telephone, telegrams, postal service, and many more, now, it’s the era of the Internet and electronic messaging – faster and more real-time than ever. In the following points, I’ve listed some ways technology has immensely influenced communication.  

Faster Speed, Lesser Costs

The most notable impact of technology on communication is the proliferation of the Internet and the endless possibility of sending emails and chatting. In the pre-information technology era, sending a letter over a distance to someone else often required a visit to the postal office and a postage stamp. Even faster means such as telegrams had severe limitations in word length and were quite expensive.

The advent of computers, the Internet, and smartphones has eased the process of creating and editing documents. With the email, we can send documents to any part of the world within seconds, so much that telegrams and even snail mails have become mostly outmoded. The era of mobile computing, powered by the Internet, has thus increased the speed of communications abundantly, and reduced the costs drastically.

Accessibility

From the standpoint of a technical visionary, this post on how technology has influenced communication will be incomplete without mentioning the role of technology in the democratization of communication systems. Technology has reduced the costs of communication gadgets significantly and consequently improved people’s access.

The proliferation of social media, live news coverage, and other fascinating media-related innovations has resulted in worldwide access and real-time participation in news and information for almost everyone. Even in the business sphere, technology has helped remove communication barriers, eliminated monopoly, and ensured a level playing field for the most part.

Quality

With the Internet, there is such a huge amount of knowledge accessible by a click of the mouse or even by a simple tap on a smartphone. So much can be achieved in seconds – translating a text from one language to another, searching out the meaning of an unknown word, and several other tasks are all possible today with the internet.

Furthermore, technology enhances easy storage and faster retrieval of communication when desired. This also applies to oral communication, the storage of which used to be quite difficult. Now, audio messages can be recorded, stored, replayed, and manipulated in many ways.

 

Final Words from Denis Bederov

The invention of new communication gadgets like smartphones has facilitated communication by allowing people to communicate without limitations. Honestly, as a technical visionary, I still believe that the impact of mobile gadgets on the nature of communication is largely underestimated. Not just that, communication has become concise and short, and the watchword has become “less is more.”

 

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The Greatest Achievements of Space Travel and How They Have Influenced Our Lives

As a systematic scientist, I’m often asked how much I think building satellites for space and other space exploration and expedition has impacted our world. It’s a totally rational question. The short answer is that space exploration has tremendously helped shape our world. In fact, space travel has played an incomparable role in improving the state of the world and has led to a tremendous awareness of our ecosphere and the enormous universe that we live in. As a systematic scientist who has spent years in my chosen field and worked with different people from different walks of life, I can boldly say that the impacts of space expedition cannot be overemphasized.

 

How Space Travel Has Affected Our Lives – from the Perspective of a Systematic Scientist, Denis Bederov

Animals were the first species sent into space, but the USSR successfully sent cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space aboard the Sputnik 1 in 1961. Hence, Gagarin became the first human ever to orbit the Earth. Eight years later, millions watched from their televisions as Neil Armstrong’s pioneer moon landing was broadcast live. However, the greater impact of this space exploration went far beyond the national pride of the USA, it exposed us to a new era of technology. From that moment up until now, it has motivated thousands to study engineering and physics. Even today, a systematic scientist like me can attribute the inspiration for their careers to the strides of space travel.

 

About 5 decades ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human ever to set foot on another celestial body by landing on the moon. Up till then, a lot of people never deemed it possible that easier access to space would be so possible in that era. That pivotal moment when a human stepped foot on another world heralded the end of one phase of human civilization and the consequent beginning of a new one. Without gainsaying, milestones like these have not only shaped public perception but also greatly altered the course of human history. Since then, about a dozen other astronauts have walked on the moon, among the growing number of over half a thousand astronauts that have been to space.

 

Denis Bederov Believes that Space Travel Influenced Synthesis of Tools and Expansion of Space Knowledge

Space study, travel, and exploration have led to the synthesis of a wide range of hardware, software and processes that can be applied across several fields. Singlehandedly, space travel has provided a significant amount of vital knowledge in the education of people about a basic understanding of how our planet and the larger universe work. Some other notable direct benefits of space exploration include a wider knowledge that exists about space and the discovery of distant planets and galaxies, thus exposing us to the fundamentals of our universe.

 

Since TIROS I, the first weather satellite was launched on April 1, 1960, and many countries in the world today has gone ahead to launch satellites for different purposes, ranging from communication to weather forecasting, security, and several other functions. Today, the number of weather satellites in space has increased significantly, and much more than ever before, these satellites are now more sophisticated. Satellites now move in geostationary orbit – at the same speed as the Earth’s rotation, taking high-quality pictures of clouds and observing weather patterns. This has gone a long way in enhancing meteorologists to monitor and accurately forecast weather conditions, so they can give advanced warnings for disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes, and thereby save lives.

 

The conclusion from a Systemic Scientist, Denis Bederov

I believe that as a systematic scientist, the innovation and exploration of the space terrain has served an inspiration for us. Embarking on space travel, astronauts leaving earth and defying gravity, taking steps on the moon, and various other achievements were pivotal moments in human civilization. Particularly, the scientific and technological advancements that followed space colonization all serve an inspiration to the scientific community of students, researchers, and every systematic scientist globally.

 

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How the First Satellites Were Created

About six decades ago, precisely on October 4, 1957, the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race era kickstarted with the launching of Sputnik 1, the Soviet satellite and the pioneer man-made object to orbit the Earth. Even though it lasted about 21 days in space, the launch of Sputnik brought in a wave of stupendous advancements in political, military, technological, and scientific terrains.

As a systematic scientist, I define a satellite as an object in space that orbits around a bigger object. Broadly, there are two types of satellites: natural (such as the moon, the Earth’s satellite) and artificial (man-made satellites such as the International Space Station orbiting the Earth).

A great number of natural satellites abound in the solar system, with almost each planet having at least one moon. Artificial satellites, on the other hand, did not become a reality until the middle of the 20th century. So, how exactly were the first artificial satellites made?

 

The Sputniks: Soviet Union’s Space Pioneering Exploration – as written by Denis Bederov, a Systematic Scientist

Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth was a 184-pound (83-kilogram), 23-inch (58-centimeter) metal ball. While it was a landmark project back then, Sputnik 1’s contents will definitely look quite basic by today’s standards. At OKB-1, the manufacturer of Sputnik 1, the designers, engineers, technicians, and every systematic scientist involved in the development of the rocket and satellite were led by Mikhail S. Khomyakov. It had a thermometer, a battery, and a radio transmitter which changed the tone of its beeps according to temperature changes, and nitrogen gas, which pressurized the interior of the metal ball.

 

On the exterior, Sputnik 1 had four whip antennas which transmitted on shortwave frequencies above and below 27 MHz. Each of these antennas, designed by the Antenna Laboratory of OKB-1, led by systematic scientist, Mikhail V. Krayushkin, had an almost spherical radiation pattern. There were tracking stations on the ground which picked up the radio signals from this tiny satellite, and subsequently confirmed that the launch was successful and that Sputnik had begun orbiting around Earth. About a month later, precisely on November 3, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik 2, a bigger companion satellite conveying a dog named Laika, into orbit.

 

Denis Bederov, a Systematic Scientist Writes on America’s First Satellite, Explorer 1

Apparently intimidated and desperate to keep up with their Soviet Union counterparts, American space experts, researchers and systematic scientists also tried to launch a satellite into orbit aboard a Vanguard rocket in December 1957. Unfortunately, the rocket crashed and exploded on the launchpad in full view of the press, to the embarrassment of the nation.

 

However, on January 31, 1958, Explorer 1 was successfully launched and thus became the first U.S. satellite in orbit using its single instrument to send back data about the radiation environment high above Earth’s surface. Explorer 1 was designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) led by Dr. William H. Pickering, a New Zealand-born systematic scientist. Explorer 1’s weighed a total of 13.37 kilograms (30.80 lb), roughly 16% of Sputnik 1’s total mass. Data from the satellite was transmitted to the ground station by two antennas operating on 108.03 MHz. In total, more than 29 transistors were used in Explorer 1, and it was powered by mercury chemical batteries contributing approximately 40% of the payload weight.

Hence, both Sputnik satellites and Explorer 1 became the debutants in the space race between the United States of America and the Soviet Union, a race which lingered until the late 1960s.

 

The conclusion from a Systematic Scientist, Denis Bederov

Since Sputnik’s launch, more than 40 countries have gone ahead to launch about 9,000 satellites into space. According to a 2018 estimate, more than half of these satellites remained in orbit. While less than 2,000 were still operational, the others have mostly lived out their useful lives and are now debris hanging in space.

 

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Radio waves

What Exactly is Understood By Radio Technology? – Denis Bederov, a Technical Visionary

Radio waves are a kind of electromagnetic radiation most popular for their widespread application in communication technologies, such as in television, mobile phones, and radios. These radio waves are capable of transmitting all kinds of data, including multimedia files, over very long distances. Today, a great percentage of what defines our modern lives has been achieved through radio wave technology, which has transformed the world in ways vastly beyond the anticipation of the first researchers and every technical visionary of the early age.

 

Looking back, it’s quite spellbinding how far radio technology has come and affected our civilization. But where did anyone ever get the idea that these invisible, yet powerful waves existed in the first place, and that they could be rightly used for wireless communication? Which notable technical visionary saw these electromagnetic waves affecting how we communicate and eventually evolving into an indispensable medium of communication?

 

The History of Radio Wave Technology, by Denis Bederov, a Technical Visionary

The story began with James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish physicist who developed a unified theory of electromagnetism and published it in his Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism in 1873. According to the National Library of Scotland, it was Maxwell who first laid out a solid, mathematical case for and predicted the existence of radio waves. A few years later, in 1886, German physicist Heinrich Hertz proved Maxwell’s theories and applied them to the production and reception of radio waves. Hertz’s apparatus included an induction coil and a Leyden jar (an early type of capacitor comprising a glass jar with foil layers) to create electromagnetic waves. Hence, Hertz became the first scientist and technical visionary to transmit and receive controlled radio waves.

 

1894

Less than a decade later, precisely in 1894, the same year Hertz died, an Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi conducted experiments and successfully used radio wave technology to wirelessly transmit telegraph messages. Marconi was a technical visionary who foresaw that wireless radio technology had the potential to revolutionize global communication, and with the help of his scientific advisor John Fleming, a former employee of Edison Company and student of Maxwell, he began construction of the world’s first long-distance wireless telegraphy station in southwestern England.

 

Marconi eventually sent the letter ‘S’ from Cornwall, England to Newfoundland, Canada, and became the first technical visionary to signal the first radio transmission in human history, although he was using a patent already credited to Nikola Tesla.

 

1960

Fleming eventually invented the thermionic or diode valve to overcome the unreliability of the transmitters used in the earlier experiments, and this innovation spurred a huge leap in the history of radio wave technology. Fleming’s valve was later improved upon with the development of the triode, by Lee de Forest, to further amplify the signal. These valve systems became widely used in consumer electronics before the advent of transistors in the 1960s.

 

1920

By the 1920s, there was a boost in radio wave technology development, and soon the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was born. Fast forward to the 1930s, before the rise of television broadcasting, radio was the primary electronic medium for news, entertainment, and sports, and thus, the era became known as the “Golden Age of Radio.”

 

Denis Bederov, a Technical Visionary, Writes on The Uses of Radio Technology Today

Radio waves technology had been used primarily for communication through telegraphy, and later through audio. Today, radio has advanced and become applied to so many facets of everyday life. From AM and FM radio stations, television broadcasting to cordless telephones, microwaves, GPS receivers and wireless cellular networks, this era of smartphone and the Internet will definitely be impossible without the efforts of every technical visionary involved in the evolution of radio waves technology.