By Suzanne Klein on
10/27/2014 10:40 AM
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Stop and consider for a moment a world with no pens, pencils or paper. This is not as science fiction as it sounds. Stop and consider for a moment a world with no pens, pencils or paper. This is not as science fiction as it sounds. Follow me as a take you on a journey of the past, present and future of writing. First, we will look at the past evolution of writing. Next, I will talk about one technology that is changing writing today in the present, and lastly, we will look at some implications of this new form of writing on our future children. The infographic, “From Symbols to Siri: Where is Writing Headed?” shares in detail some of these.
To talk about the past, let's take a trip down history lane to look at how writing has evolved. Before paper there was the papyrus. In 2000 BC, the Egyptians were using ground papyrus as paper. Around the 16th century the alphabet was created. In 1790 pencils were invented, and 90 years later, the first fountain pen came to be. In 1970 we had computers and in 1997 we have the first smart phone. From quill pen to fountain pen, computers to tablets, all of these tools and technology advances change the way humans express themselves through writing.