How Will Our Lives Change In 20 Years

I am usually very skeptical when I read the following words “must read article”.  I started reading this with the expectation that I would be done in less than a minute. Double yowza – there are some great predictions. The following are the ones I found fascinating.

  • Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
  • Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s licence and will never own a car.
  • Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.
  • Health:  The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it.
  • It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.
  • If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Read the full article. I would love to get your feedback.

2015 Internet Trends

Pop Quiz CTL subscribers. Which company still remains in the top 15 for the last twenty years on the Internet. If you said “Apple” then go to the head of the class. “Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends reports are the closest you’ll get to gospel”. Techcrunch does a fantastic job summarizing 197 slides here 

Other notable stats are as follows:

  • 5.6 hours a day time spent per adult user on the Internet
  • 2.8 billion Internet Users In The World
  • 2.1 Smartphone Subscribers In The World

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How Many Printed Pages In a Petabyte?

I just read on the Internet Archive Blog that they are going to have a 10 Petabyte Party to celebrate their new plateau of material stored. (10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes)
 
Let’s put this in terms that most of us understand.
 
1 megabyte = 64,000 printed Microsoft word pages
1 gigabyte = 1000 megabytes
1 terabyte = 1000 gigabytes
1 petabyte = 1000 terabytes
 
 
As I’m writing this post I’m looking at my desk in my office and imagining how much space 10 petabytes takes up but I’m going to be generous and say it will consume the space of 3 desks. 10 petabytes of paper would probably need the Empire State Building to store.
 
Any readers have the answer to the number of printed pages in 10 Petabytes?
 
Bonus points if you can guess the 3 measurement beyond Petabytes