When you are texting or using Twitter, Jesse Russell is one of many who deserve a tip of the hat. While he did not invent either texting or Twitter or even 2G communications as many mistakenly believe, Jesse was
a pioneer in the field of cellular and wireless communications. In 1988, Russell led the first team from Bell Laboratories to introduce digital cellular technology in the United States.
The spread of texting would not have been possible without Jesse’s invention and Twitter’s 140 character model was based on texting. Non-obvious interconnections between inventions happen all the time. The Connections TV Series and book
demonstrated how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events were built from one another successively in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology.
Biologically we have many ancestors. Sometimes it’s clear where a particular trait came from but often it’s not. Still we can tip our hat.