When the computer revolution started it was on a scale we can’t imagine today. I am not talking about the spread of the technologies produced but the scale of the actual machines themselves. The last 25 years of virtual insanity has molded the world into a fast-paced society that churns out new groundbreaking technology on an almost daily basis. In many ways it has enriched our lives with easier ways to connect, interact and to store information.
To celebrate the past 25 years of history, Markel direct has released data that delves into the Internet today, with over 1 billion websites and more than 24,000GB of traffic every second, compared to the Internet of 1989. It’s a mind-blowing look at just how far we have taken the ideas that once touched the very edges of our imagination and took them far beyond unimaginative science fiction that we once thought would take us thousands of years to achieve.
In an interactive presentation explaining the virtual insanity we have experienced, Markel has taken the collected data and compared the existing technologies today with the once astounding technologies back in 1989.
For example, today almost 70% of UK adults use their mobile devices to connect to the Internet. Back in 1989 the only way to even enjoy the Internet was to use a desktop with an external dial-up modem. As email is still the most used method of interaction over the Internet, the 2.3 million emails sent each second today (2014) would have cost a whopping £1.24 million ($ 1.94 million) to send as 2nd class snail mail back in 1989.
Today, 2,5+ Exabyte is created every 24 hours. This is equivalent to everyone alive filling 30 computers with the storage capacity of 16MB in 1989. To further tickle your fancy (and perhaps to relive the retro past), three days worth of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. This is equivalent to 25 VHS cassettes worth of film every 60 seconds back in 1989.
I think it’s safe to say that the virtual insanity we have lived through is a testament to the greatness of the human mind. I have no doubt that the speed and ingenuity when it comes to groundbreaking technologies will only increase from here on forward. As said at the beginning of this article, we see it on an almost daily basis, and it’s not about to stop anytime soon. We here at Bit Rebels strongly suggest having a closer look at the mind-blowing virtual insanity interactive presentation that Markel has produced. It is definitely going to positively change your look on the technology achievements that we have enjoyed in the last 25 years. Enjoy!
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