Globalization & the Information Age (Video)

03 Nov Globalization & the Information Age (Video)

We are living in exponential times. The amount of information created through the Internet and new technologies never ceases to grow. This surprising and extremely interesting “Did you know?” video is an opportunity to reflect on the changes and opportunities brought on by the information age.

Here is an excerpt from the video:


The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004

We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet

There are currently 845 million active users on Facebook

Twitter is currently seeing about 50 million Tweets per day, 600 per second

There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. In 2006, this number was 2.7 billion. To whom were these questions addressed B.G.? (Before Google)

The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992. Today the number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the total population of the planet.

Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million:

  • TV – 13 years
  • Internet – 4 years
  • iPod – 3 years
  • Facebook – 2 years

The number of Internet devices in 1984 was 1,000. In 1992 it was 1 million. In 2008 it was 1 billion.

There are about 540,000 words in the English language. About 5 times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0×10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years.

The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years. For students starting a 4 year technical degree, this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.

Revenue from the iPhone and iPad now account for 72% of Apple’s total revenue. Neither item could be bought five years ago.

In 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain.
Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.

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