31 Oct '12, 9pm

"For almost two centuries, wired networks have given birth to wireless ones, only to spawn new wired ones"

"For almost two centuries, wired networks have given birth to wireless ones, only to spawn new wired ones"

In the beginning, all real-time communication across distances was wireless—bonfires, smoke signals, semaphores. Centuries of wireless passed before Samuel Morse pioneered telegraphy in 1837 with electrical transmission over wires. By the time Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, wires had already crossed the American continent and the Atlantic Ocean. Guglielmo Marconi demonstrated modern wireless telecommunications in Italy in 1895. Then in 1899 he sent the first radio signals in America from a ship covering the America’s Cup race to a receiver at a lighthouse overlooking New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Bay. Standing at that very lighthouse, looking down on the bay below, I have wondered: Why demonstrate wireless in this way? I tried to put myself in Marconi’s shoes. He aspires to be a great entrepreneur. He has this magic new box that sends telegraphy without th...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wireless/wired-and-wirel...

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