Unfathomable Quantity of Data*

Hard-to-comprehend forecasts from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index:

  • By 2015, there will be nearly three billion Internet users
  • By 2015, there will be nearly 15 billion global fixed, mobile personal device, and machine-to-machine network connection
  • By 2015, the world will reach three trillion Internet video minutes per month–one million Internet video minutes every second

CNNMoney put Cisco’s forecasts in perspective:

  • The Internet’s “incremental, one-year growth between 2014 and 2015 will be equal to all the Internet traffic recorded worldwide last year”
  • “Four years from now, the Internet’s traffic volume will be so large that every five minutes it will be the equivalent of downloading every movie ever made”
  • “In 2015, monthly Internet traffic will reach the equivalent of 20 billion DVDs, 19 trillion MP3s or 500 quadrillion text messages”
  • 1 million Internet video minutes per second is “the equivalent of 674 consecutive days of viewing”

CNNMoney notes that Cisco’s annual forecast “has historically been accurate to within a 5% to 10% deviation — usually on the conservative side.”

My forecast:  the data flood will note not make us smarter.

*Or, Why an Information Technology Degree Is a Smart Investment

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