Did You Know?


Did you know…

  • if you are ‘one in a million’ in China, there’s 1300 others just like you
  • the 25% of the people with the highest IQs in China is more than the total population of North America
  • China will soon become the largest English-speaking country in the world
  • In roughly five minutes, 60 babies will be born in America; 244 in China; 351 in India
  • According to U.S. Dept. of Labor, high school grads in America will have 10-14 different jobs—by age 38
  • One out of four workers in America is working for a company for whom they have been employed by less than a year
  • the top ten jobs in 2010 will not have existed in 2004
  • we are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies not yet invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet
  • 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online
  • there are over 106 million MySpace users (9/06); if MySpace were a country, it would be the 11th largest in the world (between Japan and Mexico)
  • there are over 2.7 billion searches done on Google each month—to whom were these questions addressed before Google?
  • the number of text messages sent and received each month are greater than the total population of the planet
  • there are 540,00 words in the English language—5 times as many as during the era of Shakespeare
  • today, a week’s worth of information found in the NY Times is more than was available during the lifetime of a person living in the 18th century
  • it is estimated that 1.5 exabytes (1.5 x 10 to the 18th power) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year
  • that number alone is more than all the information generated in the previous 5,000 years
  • the amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years
  • this means that for a student beginning a four year technical or college course of study, half of their education will be outdated by their third year of study
  • it is estimated that by 2010, it will double every 72 hours
  • predictions are that by 2013 a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computation capability of the human brain
  • by 2023, when today’s first graders will be 23 and beginning their new careers, it will only take a $1,000 computer to exceed the human brain’s capability
  • by 2049, it will take a $1,000 computer to exceed the capabilites of the collective brain of the entire human race

Source: Cynthia Ware; see more in her highly informative video @ Digital Sanctuary


5 thoughts on “Did You Know?

  1. pasturescott says:

    Mandy, you are a hoot! I can’t figure out why your comment didn’t make it here but you gotta resend it. It had me in stitches!


  2. marie says:

    This video is very sobering. Please, Mandy, re-send your comment so I can laugh!!!
    It was kinda disappointing at the end. Shift happens? What does that mean?


  3. KaKa says:

    Pasture, Do you see what I see in that picture?


  4. pasturescott says:

    An ever-lovin’ cute-as-a-bug BUG!!!!

    (let’s just pretend it’s red)


  5. pasturescott says:

    Oops, too soon…there IS a red one!


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