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This is a view of human history around text information. It revealed a strange imbalance. The problem is not limited to textual information. I encourage young generation to think through about how homo-sapience can change in human-to-human communication, human-to-machine interactions, and human-to-atom (via machine manipulation) relations.

This is a view of human history around text information. It revealed a strange imbalance. The problem is not limited to textual information. I encourage young generation to think through about how homo-sapience can change in human-to-human communication, human-to-machine interactions, and human-to-atom (via machine manipulation) relations.

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Historical perspective of communication --- Imbalance in producing and consuming information since 6,000 years ago, even in IT ages ---

  1. 1. Historical Perspective of Communication --- Imbalance in producing and consuming information since 6,000 years ago, even in IT ages --- http://yo-sato.com/
  2. 2. ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/hear ing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/writin g ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication At sometime, ape started to live on trees. Eyes became the primary receptor to sense the surrounding world in place of olfaction.
  3. 3. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Around 7,000,000 years ago, the human race started upright walking. It freed hands. Hands were a powerful tool to increase the human ability. The hand dexterity and the intelligence of homo-sapience developed together.
  4. 4. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Then humans balanced his head on the spine. About 50,000 years ago, human’s audio organs changed their positions, and humans became to be able to control complex voices.
  5. 5. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication At that time, humans invented languages. This allowed humans to develop concepts and communicate them. Humans speak and listen at about 150-160 words per minute.
  6. 6. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication About 6,000 years ago, humans invented character systems. This allowed humans to record concepts, read them, and communicate them beyond ages.
  7. 7. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Hand dexterity was useful to write the characters, and humans write at about 22-31 words per minute. On the other hand, humans have strong visual organs, eyes, and can read more than about 250-300 words per minute. The imbalance was born with the characters.
  8. 8. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Character system needs some education while any people can communicate through voices. Character system became a formal language while voice system is a private/informal media.
  9. 9. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Around 2,000 years ago, humans invented paper. This allowed human beings to communicate concepts beyond space and time.
  10. 10. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication After the printing press was invented around 600 years ago, the acceleration of paper-based communications resulted in a circulation of knowledge that is believed to have led to the scientific revolution.
  11. 11. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication Now we are in the digital information and internet age. Humans can now access/communicate information around the world instantly.
  12. 12. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication But human beings still use keyboards and the speed of typing is 23-40 words per minute, which is not much different from writing. IT and Human Computer Interface technology has not helped change the imbalance.
  13. 13. ~7,000,000 years ago: walking - free hand ~50,000 years ago: languages - speaking/h earing ~6,000 years ago: characters - reading/wr iting ~2,000 years ago: paper ~600 years ago: printing press Today: digital, internet - typing History of Human Communication
  14. 14. Human beings can consume text very fast but produce it slowly. 160 31 40 160 300 Speaking Hand-writing Key Typing Listening Reading Words Per Minute Gap Producing Consuming
  15. 15. Human beings still rely on fingers to produce texts. 160 31 40 160 300 Speaking Hand-writing Key Typing Listening Reading Words Per Minute Producing Consuming
  16. 16. Today’s human-machine dialog bandwidth is rather one-sided. Human Machine Producing Consuming
  17. 17. Why not Information technology help human exploit its power of information production?

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