A picture is worth a 1000 words or maybe more

by tom on January 18, 2007

Yesterday’s announcement that New York City’s 311 and 911 services are going to be picture capable has been picked up by Boing Boing and was the announcement also made it in to page B4 of the city version of the NYT. Now, I’m a strong believer that the visual image might be useful in illuminating stories that would have been lost previously yet I was struck more by the lack of fanfare over such a change. A sort of “oh that’s a good idea,” why wasn’t that done already?

Taking a step back from this is interesting. When do you first remember hearing about video-telephony? For me I think it was on Blue Peter, the UK, the children’s television show that runs in the UK.  Yet here we are today in a world where voice telephony is becoming a free service, movement of images between phones and the internet completely normal and mobile video telephony likely something that children born today won’t remember being without.

Come on. Get excited . We’re living in a world with technology that even Buck Rogers didn’t have!

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JohnNo Gravatar October 21, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Communication is important. I look back even further and remember party lines (that is a teleophone you shared with a neighbour and you might have to wait for them to finish before you made a call. The numbers were easy to remember as there were often only 3 digits. Then Television in the 1950’s Black and white and often the communication broke down and you would then see a film of someone makig a round clay pot on a wheel for 5 minutes or so. Then there were computers – you loaded the programme from a tape cassette player! Things have progressed amazingly. Where to next in this ever changing world?


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