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June 27, 2011

Outburst #001: Internet Dependence

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I personally took pride in being somewhat computer/tech-savvy in my early youth, but that has since then changed. I’m definitely more capable at connecting devices together, programming some code, and working around minor technical computer problems than most of my family, but just as our parents’ generation are supposedeley technologically inept, if our technology continues to develop at its current rate, I fear that I will eventually drown in the continuous massive wave of innovations that swarm the market every year. That said, I don’t really want to talk about Apple coming out with a new iPad of iTouch, or Google continuously eating every single company idea that ever existed, but rather discuss one of the world-changing creations of recent centuries and our dependence on it: the inter-web, or internet.

The growth rate of the internet exceeds that of any previous technology. Measured by users and bandwidth, Internet has been growing at a rapid rate since its conception (with more than 5% year-over-year), on a curve geometric and sometimes exponential. Today, the Internet is growing in three different directions — size, processing power, and software sophistication — making it one of the fastest evolving technology mankind has ever made. However, inventions that are usually created as a productivity tool often end up being used for other uses. Read More