The human race is crossing a line. There is now one cellphone for every two humans on Earth.
From essentially zero, we've passed a watershed of more than 3.3 billion active cellphones on a planet of some 6.6 billion humans in about 26 years. This is the fastest global diffusion of any technology in human history -- faster even than the polio vaccine.
"We knew this was going to happen a few years ago. And we know how it will end," says Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Google. "It will end with 5 billion out of the 6" with cellphones. "A reasonable prediction is 4 billion in the next few years -- the current proposal is 4 billion by 2010. And then the final billion or so within a few years thereafter.
"Eventually there will be more cellphone users than people who read and write. I think if you get that right, then everything else becomes obvious."
Friday, February 29, 2008
Mobiles 'Speaks to The Human Heart'
This article in the Washington Post titled 'Our Cells, Ourselves' takes a look at how the mobile 'cell' phone has become a central part of life and has been the 'fastest global diffusion of any technology in human history':