This short animation examines how social and technological changes are likely to transform the way we communicate over the coming decades.
Will machine translation make learning a foreign language redundant? Will a mixture of brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence mean that we’ll soon be able to talk to each other via computer-enabled technology? And what will all this mean for issues such as privacy, surveillance and the future shape of society?
Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to the present day.Take part now ❯The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day
Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman invasion.Take part now ❯The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare
This free course, A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis, is an introduction to the history of writing, and the key role it plays in human communication. It tracks this history from the invention of writing around 5500 years ago to the mass popularity of emojis today.Learn more ❯A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis
How did English become the global force it is today? This free course, English in the world today, explores the status of the language and its worldwide diversity. It looks at how social and political factors influence people's attitudes towards it, and at the relationship between one's linguistic heritage and sense of identity.Learn more ❯English in the world today
How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these changes have come about? This free course, Exploring the English language, will consider the development of the English language from the 15th to the 19th century.Learn more ❯Exploring the English language