Are you ready for the future?

Did you know if you’re one in a million in China there are 1300 people just like you? China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world. The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the United States. Translation: India has more honour kids than America has kids. Did you know the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004? We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet using technologies that haven’t been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38. One in four workers has been with their current employer for less than a year, one in two has been there less than five years.
Are you ready for the future?

Did you know one out of eight couples in the U.S. last year met online? There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace. If MySpace were a country it would be the 5th largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil). The number one ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda (number 19 the United States, number 22 Japan). Did you know we are living in exponential times? There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. In 2006 this number was 2.7 billion. To whom were these questions addressed B.G.?(Before Google). The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992.

Today the number of text messages sent and received every day exceeds the total population of the planet. Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million; radio 38 years, TV 13 years, Internet four years, iPod three years, Facebook two years. The number of Internet devices in 1984 was 1,000. The number of Internet devices in 1992 was 1,000,000. The number of Internet devices in 2008 is 1,000,000,000. There are about 540,000 words in the English language, about five times as many as Shakespeare’s time. It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century. It is estimated that four exabytes (4.0×10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years.

The amount of new technical information is doubling every two years. For students starting a four year technical degree this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study. NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber. That is 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls every second. It is currently tripling every six months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years. By 2013 a supercomputer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain. Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species. Did you know during the course of this presentation 67 babies were born in the US, 274 babies were born in China, 395 babies were born in India and 694,000 songs were downloaded illegally? So what does it all mean?