This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call!
In 1973 on 6th Avenue in New York City, Marty Cooper, a Motorola engineer, called his colleague, Joel Engel, at Bell Labs and said:
“Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.”
Cooper was quoted about the experience of making those first calls and people’s reactions:
“As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call. Remember that in 1973, there weren’t cordless telephones, let alone cellular phones. I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter—probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life.”
He used a “DynaTAC”, the brick cell phone that would become famous in pop culture through TV and movie characters like Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar) from “Saved By The Bell” and Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) from “Wall Street.”
The first cell phones weighed 2.5 pounds, cost $3,500, and had a battery life of around 35 minutes.
They’ve come a long way in a relatively short time. What’s next? Well according to Ray Kurzweil, an American author, inventor, futurist, & director of engineering at Google, we are headed for “Singularity” – a theory that radical and rapid changes in our society will be brought on by new technologies, superintelligence, artificial intelligence, and molecular nanotechnology.
Did I mention that he and other scientists predict this will happen before 2045?! Sounds both scary and amazing!
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