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By end 2014, the number of Internet users globally will have reached almost 3 billion. Two-thirds of the world’s Internet users are from the developing world. This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 per cent globally, 78 per cent in developed countries and 32 per cent in developing countries. More than 90 per cent of the people who are not yet using the Internet are from the developing world.
Millennials, one of the largest generational groups in the U.S., on par with the Baby Boomers, are also the largest group of smartphone owners, says Nielsen in a report out today. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

Across the globe, 70 percent of tomorrow’s future leaders might ‘reject’ what business as traditionally organized has to offer, preferring to work independently through digital means in the future.
The Imagination Age is a way to define the period in which we currently live, between the fading Industrial Era and the coming Intelligence Era, in which machines will be smarter than people. In the Imagination Age, we can collectively imagine and create the future we want to inhabit before we lose that chance. This isn’t just about generating utopian visions to make ourselves feel better about the challenges we face. We can rapidly prototype and test ideas to alter our systems and lives.
It may seem incredible to think it, but back in 2000, there were a mere 394 million Internet users scattered across the world. Fast forward to 2014 and that number has grown to almost 3 billion – that’s nearly 40 percent of all people on Earth. The majority of these can be found in East Asia (41 percent), followed by Europe (26 percent) and North America (14 percent).
sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers.
(via A Map of Every Device in the World That’s Connected to the Internet)

New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman visited Stanford Graduate School of Business to share the biggest lessons he learned writing a column over the last 20 years: “Ownership is everything. When people have a sense of ownership, they’ll do so much more than you could ever ask them.”