50 Mind-Blowing facts related to Technology

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Without technology the world becomes blind. Technology is everywhere and most of the time you need to use technology directly or indirectly.

Here are some mind-blowing facts those are related to technology:

New Zealand Was Once on Sale On eBay

In the year 2006, an Australian man attempted to sell New Zealand. The bidding had gone up to $3,000 before eBay noticed he didn’t actually have sale rights for the country and shut the bidding down. Sounds horrible!


Dead Cats to take over internet

Since nothing really gets removed from IT, the internet will be full of pictures of dead cats in about 15 years.


Best Selling Phone

The best selling mobile phone of all time was the Father -Nokia 1100, made in Finland.


I Love You

The most dangerous virus ever created in history was “I LOVE YOU”.


PayPal Employees

LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp, Tesla and SpaceX were all founded by the former employees of PayPal.


Ebola eBay

eBay started out as a website providing information about EBOLA!!Yes, before the company ventured into online auction business, it registered the domain Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons and More in 1995 and had different sections like the one for a biotech startup, travel and personal shopping, etc. (but not for online auction). That time, a section called Ebola Information also existed, providing links and data about the deadly virus.

Machine of the Year

The cover of TIME Magazine in 1982 showed a COMPUTER! Every year, TIME magazine would select a person of the year and show him/her on the cover of the magazine. However, in the year 1982, the magazine instead chose to select the Machine of the year and showed a computer in its cover.

3D Printing

3D Printing was invented in the 1980s! The technology, gaining widespread attention in almost every field, was invented in 1983 when its founder, Charles Hull created a model of his Stereolithography machine. He filed for a patent in 1986

Project Premonition

Project Premonition is a project by Microsoft, which aims to detect diseases before they affect people! This project makes use of drones and robotic mosquito traps to detect harmful pathogens in the mosquitoes, that are potentially detrimental to humanity.

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Lost object & Places in Satellite

Tomnod is a website dedicated to identifying lost objects and places in satellite images. In 2014, this website was down for 2 days because of huge traffic, caused by millions of users who wanted to identify the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Braigo

Braigo is a braille printer created by a 13-year-old boy named Shubham Banerjee. Braigo stands for Braille-lego, referring to the Mindstorms kit by lego used in the printer

LED Stumps

The LED stumps used in the Cricket World Cup 2015 have an inbuilt sensor, which detects the movement of the stump within 1/1000th of a second, thus causing the LED bulbs to glow. The technology used is called Zing Wicket System.

A million dollar Domain name

A guy named Michael Kovatch owned the domain name of iPhone.  Apple paid him more than 1 million dollars to buy the domain name!


You can sell your old cell phones and tablets for cash

If you have an idea to dispose of your used electronic device and get cash in return, try the EcoATM. It is the world’s first automated kiosk for exchange of electronic devices in return for money


Poor Smartphones

An average Smartphone user touches their smartphone over 2,600 times day, while heavy users touch theirs over 5,400.


7, 500+ Datacenters

There are over 7,500 Data Centers worldwide, with over 2,600 in the top 20 major global cities alone, and data centre construction will grow 21% per year through 2018.

 


QWERTY Keyboard

QWERTY is not the most efficient keyboard layout.


Headphones

Headphones were purposely made to self-tangle.


PokemonGo

PokemonGo is the fastest downloaded app ever to hit 50 million downloads in just 19 days.


Bitcoin Creator

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is still a mystery figure.


red panda is an animal native to the Himalayas and southwestern China. The English word for red panda is ‘Firefox’ which is where the browser gets its name from – so the Firefox logo is actually a red panda, not a fox!

Bill Gates House

Bill Gates’s house was designed using a Macintosh Computer.

Robot origin

The word robot comes from the Czech “robota“. This translates into forced labour or work.

The first VCR

The first ever VCR, which was made in 1956, was the size of a piano!

Ubuntu origin

Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions of Linux. The word Ubuntu comes from an African word meaning “I am because of you”.

Domain Names

Domain name registrations were free till 1995

Weight of Data

In 1956, 5 megabytes (5MB) of data weighed a ton(IBM was the first to launch RAMAC)

15-year-old NASA hacker

A 15-year old with a PC hacked NASA in 1999
Between August and October of 1999, Jonathan James used his skills as a hacker to intercept data from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency or DTRA (a division of the US Dept. Of Defense). He had access to over 3,000 messages, usernames and passwords of DTRA employees. He also obtained source code for the International Space Station (to control temperature/humidity).

12 IBM Engineers

The 12 engineers who made IBM PC were named as “The Dirty Dozen”.

First Microprocessor

The first microprocessor 4004 which literally set the path for the modern computing era was developed by Intel. Surprisingly, it was meant to be used for a calculator. And, then it evolved.

The internet requires approx. 50 million horsepower in electricity

Yes. With an estimated 8.7 billion electronic devices connected to the Internet, the electricity required to run the system for even one day is very substantial.

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TRASH!

Two hundred and twenty million tons of old computers and other technology devices are trashed in the United States each year. That’s huge!

Google

Google handles an estimated 1 billion search queries each and every day, releasing almost 200 tons of CO2 per day. Every query has to travel on average 1,500 miles to a data centre and back to return the answer to the user.

Microsoft

Microsoft Was once named Micro-Soft. Well, at the initial days of Microsoft the company was titled as Micro-Soft. In the year 1976, the hyphen was deleted. Well, let me tell you Microsoft word is the combination of microcomputer and software.

The logo integrates the ideas of analogue and digital technology into one, using the V and A to represent an analogue wave, and the I and O to represent binary from the digital world.

Photographs in Two Minutes:

We will take as many photographs in the next two minutes as all of humanity took in the 1800s.

In 2014, we took 880 billion photos, which is approximately 123 photos for every man, woman and child on planet Earth.

iPhone Computing Power:

It would have cost $3.56 million in 1991 to buy the computing power found inside an iPhone 5S.

YouTube Videos:

The world uploads 400 hours of video to YouTube every single minute (as of July 2015).

Apollo 11 Processing power:

It’s hard to believe that there is more processing power in a TI-83 calculator than the power inside the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon. Mind = blown!

Mobile Phones owners:

Only one million people across the world owned a mobile phone back in 1990. Between 5 and 6 billion mobile phones are in circulation today.

Data Creation:

We will create more data information within the next two days than what was created in all of history up until 2003.

50 million users:

It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users.

It took television a little less with 13 years.

The World Wide Web (WWW) reach 50 million users within 4 years.

Toothbrush:

Out of more than 7 billion humans on Earth, more than 4 billion of them use a mobile phone.

How many of them use a toothbrush? Only 3.5 billion.

Microsoft put a cloud data centre under water

Here’s what Microsoft says:

“50% of us live near the coast. Why doesn’t our data?”


Water and electronics usually don’t mix. But Microsoft thinks dumping computers in the ocean might be the wave of future. Where companies like Facebook and Google prefer to move their data centre to colder countries to reduce their air conditioning bill, Microsoft has come up with an even better home for data centres while cutting high energy costs for cooling them: Under the Sea.

Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data centre that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry’s most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill.

The testing is part of Microsoft’s plan dubbed Project Natick — an ongoing research project to build and run a data centre that is submerged in the ocean, which the company believes, could make data centres faster, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and easier to set up.

You can grow brains.

I was actually shocked when I read this, especially because of the ethical issues that seem to have been bypassed here. By growing brain matter in a vat, what you’re really doing is creating another human.

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The brain is used for almost everything, from thinking logically about issues to feeling emotions about something entirely illogical. Consciousness is formed by the brain, which poses serious ethical dilemmas. The scientists, however, have sidestepped that by claiming that the brains do not have consciousness because the neurons are not firing in regular networks.

What the scientists are doing here is changing the skin cells into brain cells through a complicated process and then growing the brains in small nutrient tubs. This takes place over several months.

Growing brains would admittedly have a lot of benefits for us functioning humans. By studying them, we can tell how Alzheimer’s occurs and how to prevent it and perhaps even prevent brain tumours.

Those advancements would do a lot for society. However, it could be possible that the brains are actually thinking and alive, just trapped without sensory input, which is really a terrible thing to think of.

Unfortunately, this entire debate has been sidestepped because it hasn’t received much attention. I had only discovered this because of a post I’d been writing about massive brains and happened to google it.

World’s largest cloning factory:

Boyalife Group and its partners are building a giant cloning factory in Tianjin, which will aim for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020.

The Chinese scientist behind the world’s biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.

Gene editing now possible

Gene editing inside living cells is possible, now with much higher accuracy.

Even the eggs and sperms can be edited to enhance physical and mental traits of a newborn.

Quantum Logic Gates are now real

Quantum Logic Gates are now real and they’re made of same silicon chips we use today. We’re now much closer to Quantum Processors.

The World’s data in a DNA

All the world’s data can be stored in just 4 grams of DNA. A DNA hard drive the size of a Teaspoon.

It has become possible to store around 455 exabytes of data into a single gram of DNA. If we approximate, it would infer that the entire world’s data that is around 1.8 zettabytes(For reference: There are one billion gigabytes in an exabyte, and 1,000 exabytes in a zettabyte) of data in the world (in 2011) can be stored in just 4 grams of DNA.

Computation cannot be done without generating heat!

In the pursuit of an answer for the fundamental energy requirement for computing, Rolf Landauer discovered an excellent fact. In his 1961 paper, he states that every bit (logic 1 or 0) destroyed generates at least k. T. ln 2 joules of heat, where k is the Boltzmann constant (1.38⋅10−23 J/K), T is the absolute temperature in degrees Kelvin, and ln 2 is the natural logarithm of 2.

So, a simple computation like ‘0 AND 1′ resulting 0, destroys one bit of information (we can deduce from the result that one of the inputs is 0 but we can never know what the other bit is, so effectively one bit of information is destroyed) and hence must generate at least 2.852⋅10−21 J of heat even with the most energy efficient AND gate.


Conclusion

With this, I wrap-up this article, which of them blew off your mind? Let us know using the comment box.
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