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The ability to collaborate around a shared belief in the stories that unite us, has allowed human beings to work together in ways that no other species is capable of.

From the earliest cave paintings, human beings have tried to reach beyond the present moment, to pass their stories and knowledge on to future generations across time and space. By giving material form to the common spoken word, we achieved this for the first time. The written word was the very first version of information technology, and it has revolutionised our world.

The earliest examples originated in the strip of land stretching from the Nile up into the fertile crescent, an inverted U-shape of land that hugs the Mediterranean coast, curving east through northern Syria and down to the Persian Gulf.

From Sumerian Cuneiform to Egyptian Hieroglyphics, early texts consist of records the heart of our early communities, trade and civic administration. From notes on the source of warehouse items to economic investments, these examples illustrate the power of the written word to facilitate collaboration on a whole new scale. This new technology enabled the rapid growth of early cities and nations and their organized economic exchange.

When we think about the impact that these early information systems had on the way we work together, it is perhaps unsurprising that ancient civilisations revered the written word as sacred, a ‘language of the gods’. In ancient Egypt, Hieroglyphics were said to have been created by the god of knowledge Thoth, and were vital in the fulfilment of the most important royal rituals as well as the administration and preservation of their reign.

Today, millions of hieroglyphs in sacred texts, sarcophagi, tombs, and monuments remain, a testament to our early attempts to connect to each other and to future generations through shared human knowledge, myths and stories.

From these early ledgers, the written word took centuries to adapt to what we now regard as its primary function: the encoding of continuous speech. Even as the written word evolved from pictorial to phonetic representations of the world around us, in ancient civilisations it remained the purview of a privileged few.

Today, much of the world communicates across time and space democratically, easily and rapidly without much thought to its true power. From hieroglyphics to code, the major advancements in how we use and share language that have given human beings their quantum leaps forward towards the future.

Huawei’s mission and vision to connect the world has led them to build over 35,000 base stations in Egypt, connecting over 59 million people. By building connectivity to even the most unexpected locations, Huawei is committed to providing the power of digital transformation to every person on earth.

 

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