010414 (Lecture Five)

I arrived to the lecture 15 minutes late, and no idea how to make up for the fact that I shut the door with force. But on an academic point, I was able to pick up easily on what Hugh was discussing during the lecture: the history of sound networks.

From what I’ve gathered, when the first Morse code between 1870 – 1880s ,was sent from Britain to the United States, the first ever message was “Hello”. This was a major breakthrough in not only networked communication, but also international relations. Before the creation of the Morse code, the only way of communication was through written letters, which would take up to months to be delivered to the recipient; the invention of the Morse code meant that communication had advanced by the sheer use of copper wires in the bottom of the ocean. However the American’s response was rather long, and because of the sheer manpower to send the message across, the wire broke. The improvement on the Morse code messaging meant that message could be sent at a rather rapid pace, and is still a form of communication in the military, particularity during wartimes. By international relations, the first Morse code from Britain to America was a major step in mending the relationship between the two nations, as their relationship was strained by the American War of Independence, and further strained by the War of 1812 and Britain’s support of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

The telephone was technically invented by Antonio Meucci in 1854, but Alexander Graham Bell patent it in 1976 which by law made him the inventor of the modern day telephone. This was a further advancement of communication, as now rather than send message through code, the message could be send through a¬†electromagnetic transmission of vocal sound by electric current; the concept of receiving message through a speaker and receiving the recipient’s response with little to no delay by an earphone was an extraordinary leap in communication.

Because of the need for electric current to utilise the phone communcations, wires are placed underneath the sea, connecting networks to different countries (Australia has 10); Hugh told a story of how during the early 2000s, a submarine accidentally destroyed one of the wires, which affected most of the communication blackout including his workplace.

End of lecture.


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