Shift Happens Again -- Facts You Need To Know

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October 25, 2007 | 59,337 views

This is a fascinating video that really puts things into perspective -- and makes your head spin at the same time. It is an official update to the original "Shift Happens" video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, which I posted earlier this year.

For those of you who prefer reading your factoids to hearing them, here are a few of the most thought-provoking tidbits from the piece:

  • In 10 years, China will be the world’s largest English-speaking country
  • Today’s learners will have 10 to 14 jobs -- by the time they’re 38
  • Technical information is expected to double every 72 hours by 2010
  • There are about five times as many words in the English language today as in Shakespeare’s time
  • A $1,000 computer may exceed the computing capabilities of the human race by 2049
  • Aside from the astonishing facts (I’m especially awestruck by the technology statistics), I love this video because it prompts countless unanswered questions, then directs you to a place to discuss them.

    When you put everyone’s heads together, as happens here on VitalVotes, you have the potential to come up with some real, and very positive, changes.