R.I.P. The Telegram

By Deane Barker on June 15, 2013

World’s last telegram to be sent next month: Wow. Shocking to see that there’s still considerable volume here.

[…] 5,000 telegrams are still sent every day in India.

But that’s all coming to an end on July 13, when the country’s state-owned telecom company, BSNL, will end its telegraph service for good, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

As I wrote about a few months ago, I had a brief intellectual fling with information theory, a discipline really given birth by things like the telegram, and the problem of how to send as much information as possible in the most efficient way.

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