Dr.Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek-American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur well known as the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think“.
In Abundance, I wrote that 3 Billion new minds are “coming on-line” in the next six years.
We’re going from 1.8 Billion (in 2010) to at least 5 Billion on-line by 2020.
If my friends at Google and Facebook fulfill their vision, as many as seven billion people on Earth will have 1 Mb/sec connections by 2020.
Smartphones are democratizing access to the Internet.
And the implications of this are staggering.
Mobile is eating the world
A few months ago, Benedict Evans of Andreesen-Horowitz released an excellent presentation called “Mobile is eating the world.”
I’ve taken the liberty to reproduce a few of his charts (below) to discuss what they mean.
These days, as Evans says, “Everyone gets a pocket super computer”.
There are two important things about this statement…
First, today’s smartphones truly are “super computers.”
During the iPhone-6 launch weekend, Apple sold 25-times more CPU transistors (in one weekend) than were in all the PCs on Earth in 1995.
As I wrote in Abundance, the smartphone you have in your hand or in your pocket gives you access to more information than President Clinton had access to while he was in office.
In 1992, you could expect to pay $222 for a computer with 1 million transistors. Today, 1 million transistors cost a measly 6 cents.
Figure Above Shows Computing Cost-Performance (1992 – 2012)
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