Friday, December 12, 2008

Did You Know...?

A well-done video (HT: Reformation Theology). I don't know if anyone has done any fact-checking on the claims. But the most shocking thing about this video isn't the rate of technological development but the comparative birth rate and population statistics.


Anonymous said...

I guess it means it was all predestined

Anonymous said...

I'm a teacher and I'm always amazed when my students are doing a research project and say they can't find anything on their topics.

By the way, I wonder if blogs count toward the exabytes of new information produced every year.

Rileysowner said...

My first thought when they spoke of the exponentially increasing information was, "And most of it is useless information."

The video was interesting, but some of the conclusions seemed out of there. For example the conclusion that in a four year technical degree by the time the student reaches the fourth year that what they learned the first year would be out of date. That does not necessarily follow. It could also mean that they have all that much more to learn on top of what they have spent for years learning. In fact it is more likely that is the case than the initial information they learned is now out of date.

Brian G. Hedges said...

This was interesting. I'm not positive, but I think most of those statistics came from Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century.