Posted by: crudbasher | August 5, 2010

Eric Schmidt: Every 2 Days We Create As Much Information As We Did Up To 2003

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Every so often somebody says something profound.  Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google just did.  Turns out every 2 days the world produces five exabytes of data.  This is as much data as the world produced from the start of humanity until 2003.

Every 2 days.  Just let that sink in.  Oh by the way, Google searches less than 1% of it.

Soooo… Does anyone want to justify teaching in a classroom where the only sources of information are the textbook and the teacher?

The Education Stormfront is the massive wave of change on the horizon.  Mr. Schmidt spoke about this in a general way.
I spend most of my time assuming the world is not ready for the technology revolution that will be happening to them soon,” Schmidt said.

I think that too.  I wonder if he wants to guest blog on my site? :)

  • This shows the size of the stormfront coming!

    tags: technology google profound

    • the first panel featured Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
    • Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until  2003, according to Schmidt. That’s something like five exabytes of data, he says.
    • The real issue is user-generated content,” Schmidt said. He noted that pictures, instant messages, and tweets all add to this.
    • I spend most of my time assuming the world is not ready for the technology revolution that will be happening to them soon,” Schmidt said.

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Responses

  1. Wow, that is mind boggling. I can’t wrap my brain around how enormous that little bit of information is. Amazing, bring on the storm.

    • Oh yeah totally mindblowing. What I am beginning to realize is we have a huge search problem on the net. It’s becoming almost unmanageable! That’s what Web 3.0 is supposed to address.

      Thanks for commenting!!

  2. Mind bogging and probably full of shit too.

    • Certainly hard to verify, but you have to figure the CEO of Google might know about that kind of thing.

  3. True or not, it’s a mixed blessing. One of the things that our students actually need to be taught is how to evaluate sources, and larger amounts of material makes that even harder. It’s not hard to craft something to search for that will leave them stumped (like how many dollars was George Washington’s budget where the answer will be buried in thousands of unrelated search results) but the problem of how seriously to take a result.

    • Hey Bill you hit the nail on the head! With such an abundance of information, being able to evaluate the info should be a skill we teach to every student.


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