Amazing Facts

  • If you are one in a million in China… there are 1,300 people just like you.
  • 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 total kids.
  • 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 yet.
  • The U.S. 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 (2007).
  • 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, and #22 Japan.
  • We are living in exponential times… there are 31 Billion searches on Google earth month. In 2006 this number was 2.7 Billion.
  • 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.
  • RADIO took 38 years 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 1,000,000…in 2008 it was 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 Exabyte (1.0×10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years’ total.
  • 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starting a 4 year technical degree this means that… half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
  • 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.
  • The computational capacity of the human brain is estimated at 2 * 10^16, or 20 million billion calculations per second, which is twenty times greater than the supercomputer Blue Gene’s predicted achievement of 10^15, or 1 million billion calculations per second, by 2005.
  • The computational capacity of the human brain will be accomplished on supercomputers, or clustered systems, by 2010, followed on personal computers by 2020.
  • By 2013, a supercomputer will be build that exceeds that computational capabilities of the human brain. Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed that computational capacity of the entire human space.
  • Every 5 min 67 babies are born in the US…274 babies in China… 395 in India and 6,94,000 songs were downloaded illegally.
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