Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Holy mackerel! Holy mackerel! Holy mackerel!

Engineering students... beware!

The amount of new technical information is doubling every TWO years. That means, for students starting a four-year technical degree, half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.

Holy mackerel? Yes, Holy mackerel! But there's more. Much more and not just for engineering students...

1. If you're one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.
2. China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
3. The 25 percent of India's population with the highest IQs is greater than the population of the United States.
4. California uses more gas than China
5. The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
6. Schools are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented in order to solve problems that we don't even know exist.
7. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.
8. 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year.
9. 1 in 2 has been there for less than five years.
10. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online.
11. There are more than 200 million registered users on MySpace. So, if MySpace were a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world (behind Indonesia, ahead of Brazil).
12. The Number One ranked country in broadband Internet penetration is Bermuda. The U.S. ranks 19th. Japan is number 22.
13. There are 31 billion searches on Google every month. In 2006, this number was 2.7 Billion.
14. The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992. Today, the number of text messages sent and received each day exceeds the total population of the planet.
15. Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million: radio - 38 Years, TV - 13 Years, the Internet - 4 Years, iPod - 3 Years, Facebook - 2 Years
16. 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 was 1,000,000,000.
17. There are about 540,000 words in the English language, about five times as many as there were in Shakespeare's time.
18. Estimates say 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.
19. It's estimated that 4 exabytes (4.0x10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That's more info than was produced during the previous 5,000 years.
20. NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber. That's 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls per second. Those figures are currently tripling every six months and are expected to do so for the next 20 years.
21. 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.

THERE'S MORE: http://tinyurl.com/holymackerel


Anonymous said...


To point number 5, what are the "the top 10 in-demand jobs" for 2010"?



Bill Clayton, Editor, Michigan Engineer said...

Good question. I checked out sources for some of the bolder statements in the list and on the video. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley said that the "top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 may not have existed in 2004." Unfortunately, he never said what those jobs are.

The folks who gathered the info and created the video (Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Jeff Bronman, who've been called "noted educators and bloggers") seem to have used Riley's statement without questioning it, as you've done. So, bottom line is: I can't answer your question.

By the way, I found a quote from Fisch that might interest you: "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented yet, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet."

MGoFly said...

Those stats are definitely impressive. Although, I think some of them would be more meaningful with more information(population, market size, media penetration, etc.). One thing I remember from Aero 305 is that non-dimensional numbers always help.

Go Blue!

Jason said...

Bill, those are interesting stats, but I don't understand how we are "preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented yet, in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet." I think all too often, it's the opposite: we are trying to teach students today's methods, but it takes 5 years to develop those programs. That's why there will be no highly regarded courses on, say, mobile online marketing in Ivy League schools. By the time a person got his degree, the entire industry would already be light years ahead of him.

It's crazy how fast everything moves nowadays!