Visualizing our hyper-connected, data-driven world
by Pete Gerr on March 21, 2011
I think a lot about the hyper-connected world in which I (and I suspect, you) live, work and exist. I haven’t shared an infographic with you for a while, so I thought I’d bring that thread back with a graphic that’s both surprising and storage-related.
While we’ve only been living with the modern Internet for about the past 20 years, it has fundamentally shifted how we work, communicate, do research what to buy or not buy, share photos and videos and make purchases more than any other technology in history.
What I also take away from this infographic is how much our “connectedness” has become mobile. Although analysts’ estimates vary, most show about half as many mobile Internet users as fixed line Internet users today, but mobility is certainly the trend. One recent report I saw from Cisco forecasts an increase of 26 times in the volume of mobile data between 2010 and 2015.
I suppose what’s crystal clear is that data is really the raw resource of our economy and, increasingly, our lives. Information – data that has context, purpose and meaning for us – therefore, becomes more and more valuable to us, the more we create and share it, or consume it. That’s really the business HDS is in – protecting the most valuable asset businesses and individuals create.
I’d always like to have more time to read about and actually write about the blend of digital and natural ecosystems I spend most of my days within, but perhaps that’s a topic for another day, another blog. Or, I could just grab my iPad (gen 1), and Droid X and go sit in my favorite chair and surf away. Mobility is freedom.
Comments (3 )
Excellent “connectedness” snapshot…the new whitepaper beckons…bd
Thanks for reading and commenting…I’ve got find an uninterrupted chunk of time to get started on Reference Info 2.0…that’ll be challenging to find. I’m on the Ray Kurzweil model, 1 book / paper every 10 years.
All the best,
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