David Kirkpatrick

August 18, 2010

The long arm of the internet reaches 5B devices

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:28 pm

Yes, that header is correct — this month will see the five billionth device connected to the world via the internet Something to think about there. From the early days of ARPANET up to today’s World Wide Web full of commercialization, social media, viral video and everything else you can track down in the online world, human communication has gone through an honest revolution. A revolution I doubt very many of us would want to see rolled back.

From the first link:

Sometime this month, the 5 billionth device will plug into the Internet. And in 10 years, that number will grow by more than a factor of four, according to IMS Research, which tracks the installed base of equipment that can access the Internet.

On the surface, this second tidal wave of growth will be driven by cell phones and new classes of consumer electronics, according to an IMS statement. But an even bigger driver will be largely invisible: machine-to-machine communications in various kinds of smart grids for energy management, surveillance and public safety, traffic and parking control, and sensor networks.

Earlier this year, Cisco forecast equally steep growth rates in personal devices and overall Internet traffic. [See “Global IP traffic to increase fivefold by 2013, Cisco predicts“]

Today, there are over 1 billion computers that regularly connect to the Internet. That class of devices, including PCs and laptops and their associated networking gear, continues to grow.

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March 2, 2010

That’s a lot of data!

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:15 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — Just wow …

Data, data everywhere
The Economist, Feb. 25, 2010

The amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years, says The Economist in a special report on managing information.

According to IDG, mankind created 150 exabytes (billion gigabytes) of data in 2005. This year, it will create 1,200 exabytes.


(IDC)

By 2013 the amount of traffic flowing over the internet annually will reach 667 exabytes, according to Cisco.
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March 18, 2009

Twitter mistake, take one

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:29 pm

The tweet that costs you a job. Oops.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline — hopefully not costing myself any freelance content work.

(Hat tip: smartsavvy)