The evolution of data travel from dirt roads to the information superhighway

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We've come a long way since the days when information in the form of mail correspondence or newspapers was transported by couriers on foot or horses. And even as roads began to be paved and railroad tracks laid, the speed in which information traveled is hardly comparable to how quick it does now that we have the internet and an endless supply of connected devices. Jalopnik recently analyzed how travel evolved throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, pointing out how fast the time it took to get from one place to another decreased as a result of new transportation technology and additional travel routes.

In the article, Jalopnik compares the speed of present-day air flight to the time it took to get to Detroit from New York City in 1800. The result: flying today is 448 times faster than making the same trip 200 years ago — and thus, information moved that much quicker as well. Now, with the help of high-speed internet and advancements in telecommunication, it takes almost no time whatsoever for the same information to move from any one point in the world to another, which is much better than waiting four weeks for a message to go from the East Coast to California in 1857.

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