Here's a fun fact/exercise I show/do in my classes.
- Take out your smart phone.
Yes, I know you have one. Don't pretend you're an Amish hermit iconoclast. Take out your phone and look at it. Now look up the words "Amish," "hermit," and "iconoclast."
- Find out how powerful your phone's processor is.
A Gigahertz is a billion operations per second, not how much power the time machine-DeLorean used in Back to the Future.
- Read this article.
You're probably not going to read it (I know the habits of all both my readers), so here's a quick précis: The combined processing power Microsoft is to deal with the Xbox One is more than there was in the world in 1995. Here's a chart that corroborates it.
- Extrapolate from presented data to a finite date, notably your own natal event.
- Figure out how much processing power existed on the planet on the day you were born.
Or, you know, just pretend and make a guess.
Here's the big takeaway:
- You are carrying in your hand a more powerful computer than all of the world's computing power combined on the day you were born.
Imagine the power of what you'll be holding in your hand in a few decades.