2007 - The year tech exploded, and where are we 10 years on?
The year is 2007, Gordon Brown is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Northern Rock gets a bailout, and the new Wembley Stadium opens. These are just a few brief things to cast your mind back in time.
But what was going on in the background? Well, in a word, lots. If you’re even slightly into technology, carry on reading, because you may not have realised what 2007 was the start of…
Thomas Friedman, in his book ‘Thank-you for being late - an optimist's guide to thriving in an age of acceleration.’ (Well worth a read) he suggests that “2007 was the single most technological inflection point since Gutenberg released the printing press.”
Here’s the evidence:
1. In 2007 the first generation of iPhone was released, putting the technological power of the Apollo space missions into the palms of the hands of half the globe, and connecting it to the internet;
2. in late 2006 Facebook was released globally and in 2007 grew by around 200%;
3. in the start of 2007 Twitter had 400 000 posts per quarter, by the end of 2007 this had risen to 100 million (How’s about them apples);
4. Hadoop, one of the biggest software systems you have probably never heard of, became public;
5. The Android mobile operating system was unveiled;
6. The Amazon Kindle was released;
Ten years later it's 2017 – so where are we now?
Apple have sold over a billion iPhones and released their most recent model (the iPhone 7) last year.
Facebook has more active users than Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram combined.
The newly elected President of the USA, regardless of where you stand around his elevation to power, connects directly with his supporters and critics via Twitter. This allows for unprecedented (pun) access of news from source to public.
Yet perhaps the most exciting revelation was Hadoop. To summarise, Hadoop allows for data to be processed in parallel rather than in series. Why is that important? Well, when you consider that over 90% of the worlds’ data has been created in the past two years, we begin to gain insight into the overwhelming task of processing this data.
Furthermore, data creation is only accelerating. All this data gives clues to; who we are, what we do, why we do what we do, and, what we might do next. Understanding this will be the future skeleton key for businesses around the globe.
Ten years from now I hope to be writing about this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_computing
Zuckerberg, Mark (August 26, 2008). "Our First 100 Million". The Facebook Blog.
Beaumont, Claudine (February 23, 2010). "Twitter Users Send 50 Million Tweets Per Day – Almost 600 Tweets Are Sent Every Second Through the Microblogging Site, According to Its Own Metrics". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved February 7, 2011