Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod's "Shift Happens (Did You Know?)" series tracks the progression of globalization and information technology in a way that shows just how exponentially fast the world is changing. They put into perspective the age of information overload we're living in, in the hopes of helping us understand the future-- but the way they present it, it's hard enough to even wrap your mind around the present.
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DID YOU KNOW?
If you're one in a million in China...
...there are 1,300 people just like you
China will soon become the NUMBER ONE English speaking country in the world.
The 25% of India's population with the highest IQ's...
...is greater than the total population of the United States.
TRANSLATION: India has more honors kids than America has kids.
The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010...
...did not exist in 2004.
We are currently preparing students for jobs that don' yet exist...
using technologies that haven't been invented
in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.
The US.. Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs...
by the age of 38.
1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year.
1 in 2 has been there less than five years.
1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online.
There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace.
If MySpace were a country it would be the 5th-largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).
The #1 ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda, #19 The United States, #22 Japan.
We are living in exponential times.
There are 31 Billion searches on Google every month.
In 2006, this number was 2.7 Blllion.
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 everyday, exceeds the total population of the planet.
Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million: Radio 38 years, TV 13 years, Internet 4 years, iPod 3 years, Facebook 2 years.
The number of internet devices in 1984 was 1000.
The number of internet devices in 1992 was 1,000,000.
The number of internet devices in 2008 is 1,000.000.000.
There are about 540,000 words in the English language...
about 5X as many as during Shakespeare's time.
It is estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0x10^19) 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 years technical degree this means that...
half of what they learn in the first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable...that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber.
That is 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls every second.
It is currently tripling every six months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years.
By 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.
During the course of this presentation...67 babies were born in the US, 274 babies were born in China, 395 babies were born in India, and 694,000 songs were downloaded illegally.
SO WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
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