Basically, it’s a sequence of statistics and “factoids” about the consequences of change in technology and the global economy in the next several years. Chances are you’ll find a few of them to be familiar; and there may be some that you don’t really care about. But here are a few, just to give you a sense of what’s coming:
MySpace had 106 subscribers as of September 2006. If it were a country, it would rank 11th in the world, between Japan and Mexico.
There are 2.7 billion Google searches per month. As the video asks, “To whom were these searches directed B.G. (Before Google)?”
Technology is changing so rapidly that half of the information that college students learn in their first year will be outdated by their third year.
The top 10 jobs in 2010 will be jobs that didn’t exist in 2004. That means we are preparing our children for jobs that don’t yet exist, with technologies that haven’t yet been invented, to solve problems that we don’t even recognize as problems yet.
Making an admittedly far-fetched prediction (which probably comes from Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence), the video predicts that by the year 2049, a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capability of the entire human race.