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Posted Monday, October 27, 2008, at 8:22 AM

The Future Is Now!
Did you know...

If you are one in a million in China, there are 1300 people just like you?

China will soon become the #1 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 USA? That likely means that India has more honors kids than America has kids!

The projected top ten 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 yet to solve problems we don't know about yet.

The US Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs by age 38?

One in four workers have been with their current employer less than a year and half of current workers have been there less than 5 years?

One out of 8 couples married in the US last year met online?

There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace.com meaning that if MySpace was a country, it would be the 5th largest in the world?

Bermuda is the #1 ranked country for broadband Internet penetration while the US is #19 and Japan is #22?

There are 31 billion Internet searches on Google every month? Things are changing very fast here as in 2006 that number was 2.7 billion.

The first commercial text message was send in 1992 while the number of text messages send and received everyday exceeds the total population of the planet?

It took 38 years for radio, 13 years for TV, 4 years for the Internet, 3 years for iPods, and 2 years for facebook.com to reach a market audience of 50 million?

The number of Internet devices in 1984 was 1000, 1 million in 1992, and over a billion today?

There are 540,000 words in the English language, which is about 5 times the number in 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 (that's 4.0x10^19) of unique information will be generated this year which is more than the previous 5000 years?

The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years meaning that for students starting a 4 year tech degree, half of what they learn in their first year of study will likely be outdated by their third year of study?

NTT (Nippon Telephone - Japan) has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single fiber strand which is the equivalent of 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls a second?

The above mentioned speed of data flow is tripling about every 6 months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years?

In the last 5 minutes, 67 babies were born in the US, 274 in China, and 395 in India?

OK, that's enough! I have not checked all the facts presented above, but I did check quite a few so I believe the information to be accurate for the most part. Some of the predictions assume current rates of progress and doesn't take into account the possibility of natural or man made catastrophes, or running up against the laws of physics in the case of data speed increase estimates.

I'm sure glad I retired when I did, I'd never keep up now!

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Thanks for clearing that up Mountain Goat!

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 7:07 AM

Interesting info, but one mistake that I could catch. Exabyte is 10^18 power. Or 10 with 18 zero's. So Either there are 4 Exabytes or 40 exabytes or unique information being producted a year. According to a google search, they said 1.5 Etabytes of unique information was created last year, so I assume that its 4.0 this year.

Not that either one of us could actually comprehend that number to well :-)

My Spell check doesn't even recognize an Exabyte. It does know Tera (10^12), Giga (10^9) and Mega (10^6), but not Exa or for that matter Petabyte (10^15). These metric prefixes were designed in the form of magnitues of 3. 10 ^3*x Where x would be 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and

therefore the powers would be 3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,etc. (Also goes negative, -3,-6)

You may have heard of terabytes, but the next thing you will hear about it petabytes...

-- Posted by Mountain Goat on Fri, Nov 21, 2008, at 3:30 PM

And DITTO to the retired bit.

T U S D A Y: V O T E !

-- Posted by Navyblue on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 7:39 PM

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