The World: It Is A-Changing!
We all "know" that we regularly face phenomenal changes in so many aspects of life. But here are a few facts that illustrate just how profound and wide-ranging the changes are:
The 25% of India's population with the highest IQs is greater than the total population of the US (meaning that India has more honors kids than America has kids).
If you are one in a million in China, there are 1300 people just like you.
The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
The US Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10 to 14 jobs by the time they are 38 years of age.
One in four workers has been with their employer for less than one year.
There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace. If MySpace were a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world--between Indonesia and Brazil.
The #1 ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda. The US is #19, Japan is #22.
There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. If we go back to the whole of 2006, the number was 2.7 billion.
The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992. Nowadays, the number of text messages sent every day exceeds the total population on the planet.
The number of internet devices in 1984 was 1000; the number in 1992 was 1,000,000; the number in 2008 was 1,000,000,000.
There are about 540,000 words in the English language (depending how you do the counting). That is about five times are many as existed 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 eighteenth century.
The rapid of information means that for students starting a technical degree, half of what they learn in the first year of study will be outmoded by the third year of study.
It is predicted that 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.