From the Emerging Trends Trader (AUSTRALIA) –
Today’s telecommunications companies are as indispensable as our electricity or gas companies — if not more so. And the prevalence of the phone and internet in our daily communications is only growing.
Of course, both the phone and internet are relatively new inventions. Though I imagine you always had access to a phone (albeit a landline), you probably recall life without the internet. That just goes to show how fast technology can move once it takes root. A process that only tends to speed up with time.
It really wasn’t all that long ago, in the big scheme of things, that people still relied on carrier pigeons and beacons.
The Great Wall of China was famous for its use of smoke beacons during the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC). As you know, the Great Wall was built to keep the nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe out of China. Every time there was an attack from the nomads, a smoke beacon from the closest station was lit. The beacon would be seen by the next station, which would light its own beacon. As such, the signal was passed on by each station and sent back to central command far away…