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IIT Real-Time Communications 2015: The Channel of Last Resort: Why the Telephone is Obsolete and Continues to be Essential
October 6, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
For roughly the last 125 years, the telephone has been the dominant form of real-time communication over distance. However, the last major innovation was to make it mobile, which effectively happened 20 years ago. Prior to that, the major innovation was the telephone keypad, circa 1950. It should be no surprise, then, that people are drifting away from Plain-Old-Telephone-Service and moving toward better alternatives for voice communication. Yet, we all still rely on this “least common denominator” channel of communication every single day. This talk is an examination of the lingering problems with the telephone network, where its remaining strengths lie. More importantly, it is also a gaze into the crystal ball for how we will communicate in the coming years by looking at examples of successful communications apps of today and imagining their capabilities for tomorrow.
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