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Do you know how are we meant to keep up?

I have always been fascinated by these “did you know” videos that are going around. However now they are really starting to open my eyes to what technology is doing to our lives, and how it is effecting companies and everyday life. Below are a couple of the ones that  have really made me think “how in the world are we meant to keep up with all this”?

This first one outlines how human capital is being effected by technology.

It outlines that the average worker will spend 10 years of their working life dealing with emails, costing organisations $25,000 a year for a senior manager to deal with these. This figure is significantly blown out by spam emails, which represent 70% of the total amount.

Looking back at my post on the benefits of web 2.0 within businesses, if we take Dresdner Klienwort’s as an example, enterprise 2.0 systems can reduce tasks that usually take weeks using email, down to a quick glance and a couple of seconds. This, with better spam management would greatly reduce the cost to the business.

It also states that in 2005 there was technology that could help predict when and why an employee will leave their job. This is rather interesting, I wonder how this would work. Would it physically tap into the employees mind :S or would it be done using behavioural observations? Either way, wouldn’t you feel violated being an employee put under the microscope in this way? I for one would quit if they even thought of it, how hard is it to ask?

The next one, as many of us would have already seen, really shows how technology is very quickly out doing us.

This video estimates that 4 exabytes (wow!) of unique information will be generated in that year. That was in 2009, it would be interesting to see how much information was actually generated and how much they predict for this year!

It goes on to state that technical information is doubling every 2 years, thinking about … it is! And something even closer to home for me (and many people) is the fact that what a student learnt in the first year of study is outdated by their third year of study. This is definitely apparent to me, to the extent that I am redoing one of my subjects from my first year as what I had learnt is now obsolete!

Before seeing this video I thought I had pretty fast internet, however it states that a fiber optic cable has been created and tested to send 14 trillion bits of data per second down a single strand of fiber ….. a single strand! Imagine having that coming straight to your house, lol! With the capability to handle 210 million phone calls a second, and tripling every six months, this is truly the technology of the future.

The fact that really scares me in this video is: “Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species”. Seriously …. wow! It is very apparent that a computer will soon, if not already, be able to exceed the computational capabilities of a single person, however the entire species in only 39 years ……….. insane! And to think it will only cost $1,000?!?!?! What does $1,000 get you these days? A core 2 duo with 4gb of ram?

Technology in the past and even now is rather amazing, however the rate it is being developed I think it is becoming dangerous. Have all these movies predicting that computers will take over the world actually come true? I guess only time will tell, but in the mean time I guess we have to work out how to keep up with it!

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