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Video: Did You Know?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Technology is moving at an ever increasing rate of development, and just a few years from now, we'll be exponentially more informed and equipped than we were in all of human history.


While this isn't a news post in the traditional sense, I just wanted to share with everyone I stumbled into on YouTube. Created by by Karl Fisch, modified by Scott McLeo and Jeff Brenman. The video is simply called Did You Know, and goes through several interesting facts about technology and society today. For example, China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world, and while it took the radio 38 years to reach a market audience of 50 million, it only took the iPod 3 years.

Also, the total number of text messages sent everyday now, exceeds the total population of planet Earth.

Check out the video. There are some pretty interesting facts.

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    08nwsula , March 29, 2009 11:26 PM
    most of these facts are just depressing
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    tuannguyen , March 30, 2009 4:38 AM
    alapIt is disappointing that this is making news on Tom's now, the video has been around, in several different incarnations, for years!So much for the bleeding edge of information...


    Hi alap -

    I did mention in the article it wasn't news. But I thought it was a pretty cool short video to share with people. You may have seen it, but I'm pretty sure not everyone has. And that version of the video was made last year.

    Nothing wrong with sharing information with those who may not have seen it I reckon.

    / Tuan
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    08nwsula , March 29, 2009 11:26 PM
    most of these facts are just depressing
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    MagicPants , March 29, 2009 11:30 PM
    Anybody know what a hockey stick graph is?
    Anyone know why the financial system is failing?
    In 1995, 121 slight upward trends were viewed by analysts who then exaggerated them and assumed the trend would continue forever.
    In 2005, 5137 trends were exaggerated.
    By 2015 that number WILL grow to 4,000,017
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    notben , March 29, 2009 11:32 PM
    Fascinating to say the least.
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    Daller , March 29, 2009 11:46 PM
    This whole video was a stupid exercise in forward extrapolation. "We're living in exponential times" Yeah right! Tell that to my stock broker! :D 
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    alap , March 30, 2009 2:16 AM
    It is disappointing that this is making news on Tom's now, the video has been around, in several different incarnations, for years!
    So much for the bleeding edge of information...
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    tuannguyen , March 30, 2009 4:38 AM
    alapIt is disappointing that this is making news on Tom's now, the video has been around, in several different incarnations, for years!So much for the bleeding edge of information...


    Hi alap -

    I did mention in the article it wasn't news. But I thought it was a pretty cool short video to share with people. You may have seen it, but I'm pretty sure not everyone has. And that version of the video was made last year.

    Nothing wrong with sharing information with those who may not have seen it I reckon.

    / Tuan
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    svenolsen , March 30, 2009 4:42 AM
    alapIt is disappointing that this is making news on Tom's now, the video has been around, in several different incarnations, for years!So much for the bleeding edge of information...


    it's the guy's weekend. relax, sheesh. if you don't want to watch it, don't, read something else, you don't have to be like that
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    neiroatopelcc , March 30, 2009 11:00 AM
    tuannguyenHi alap -I did mention in the article it wasn't news. But I thought it was a pretty cool short video to share with people. You may have seen it, but I'm pretty sure not everyone has. And that version of the video was made last year.Nothing wrong with sharing information with those who may not have seen it I reckon./ Tuan


    thx 4 sharin ; interesting
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    chaosgs , March 30, 2009 12:02 PM
    Yeah i havent seen it and it was interesting, thank you.
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    eklipz330 , March 30, 2009 12:41 PM
    tuannguyenHi alap -I did mention in the article it wasn't news. But I thought it was a pretty cool short video to share with people. You may have seen it, but I'm pretty sure not everyone has. And that version of the video was made last year.Nothing wrong with sharing information with those who may not have seen it I reckon./ Tuan


    thanks 4 sharin' boss
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    SlicerX , March 30, 2009 1:02 PM
    This video has been around for a while, but the statistics never cease to amaze me. Great music by Fatboy Slim too XD
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    T-Bone , March 30, 2009 2:29 PM
    Did you know???
    That I just wasted 5 min 16 sec of my life and I can't get it back?
    ....
    Video is complete speculation; drivel. Almost like a Move on dot org video or something.
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    neiroatopelcc , March 30, 2009 2:51 PM
    T-BoneDid you know???That I just wasted 5 min 16 sec of my life and I can't get it back?....Video is complete speculation; drivel. Almost like a Move on dot org video or something.

    Did you know???
    That you've just wasted 30 seconds of my life posting garbage on an otherwise useful homepage? Just don't watch it if you don't like it dude! If it was so much a waste of time, why did you watch all 5 minutes of it anyway? And waste additional time comming back to complain about wasting time? Damn! see now you made me waste another 30 seconds of mine!
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    T-Bone , March 30, 2009 2:58 PM
    Need I say more?
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    Shnur , March 30, 2009 3:27 PM
    haha
    we do live in exponential times, nowadays it takes nothing to start a flame war

    this video is amazing! I love it will definitely share with all my buddies
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    JumpKickJoe , March 30, 2009 4:05 PM
    tuannguyenHi alap -I did mention in the article it wasn't news. But I thought it was a pretty cool short video to share with people. You may have seen it, but I'm pretty sure not everyone has. And that version of the video was made last year.Nothing wrong with sharing information with those who may not have seen it I reckon./ Tuan


    Apparently they missed they stats of ppl who don't read articles properly and start making ignoramus comments. Those amount of comments must equal the earth's population.
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    vir_cotto , March 30, 2009 7:51 PM
    Whoa that's cool never seen it before will have to share this with my friends!