Technology facts give you the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life or, hence it is sometimes phrased, to the change and manipulation of the human environment.
1. Mechanical Televisions in 1926
Prior to electric televisions, we had mechanical televisions. They involved mechanically scanning images then transmitting those images onto a screen. Compared to electronic televisions, they were extremely rudimentary.
On March 25, 1925, John Logie Baird set up an unusual contraption in the Selfridges department store in London. A few months later — on January 26, 1926 — he demonstrated another version that’s recognized as the first public demonstration of a mechanical TV.
2. The First Electronic Television Invented in 1927
The world’s first electronic television was created by a 21-year-old inventor named Philo Taylor Farnsworth. Even more interesting is the first image ever transmitted by television was a simple line.
3. According to Google, the internet consisted of 5 Million Terabytes of Data way back in 2010
The most surprising fact is that Google itself said that they had indexed just 0.004% of all the content present on the internet. As of October 14th, 2018, at least 4.46 billion pages exist on the internet. That’s huge!
4. The name for robot has dark origins
If you look into the etymology of “robot,” it comes from the Czech word “robota” which translates to forced labour or work. Probably the word first used to refer to a fictional humanoid in a play in 1920.
5. Early electronic computers
Early electronic computers, developed around the 1940s, almost the size of a large room and hence consumed huge amounts of electricity. They were vastly different from the modern computers we use today, especially when compared to small and portable laptop computers.
6. Almost 4.57 billion people were active internet users as of April 2020, encompassing 59 percent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.
7. In 2019, Apple grew to 139,000 employees around the world
8. Over 1.5 billion websites on the world wide web today
Of these, less than 200 million are active. The milestone of 1 billion websites first reached in September of 2014, as confirmed by NetCraft in its October 2014 Web Server Survey and first estimated and announced by Internet Live Stats.
9. There are over 3.5 billion searches per day on Google
Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average (visualize them here), as a result, that translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.
10. Every minute 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. More video content is uploaded to YouTube in a 60-day period than the three major U.S. television networks created in 60 years.
11. The first-ever website (info.cern.ch) was published on August 6, 1991 by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee while at CERN, in Switzerland.
On April 30 1993, CERN made the World Wide Web (“W3” for short) technology available on a royalty-free basis to the public domain, as a result allowing the Web to flourish.
12. Facebook has more than 2.6 billion active users as of the first quarter of 2020
Facebook is the biggest social network worldwide. In the third quarter of 2012, the number of active Facebook users surpassed one billion, making it the first social network ever to do so.
As of April 2020, India, India ranks first in terms of Facebook user base size.
13. Your online reputation and privacy worst enemies are WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
13. Facebook is a divorce lawyers best friend in USA. In fact, 1 in 7 divorces is blamed on Facebook.
14. Over 4.2 billion data records were stolen in 2016.
15. More than 88 million people will be born this year. They will be born into a data and algorithm economy.
16. We are in the age of Big Data. 16 zettabytes (16×1021) of unique new data created worldwide in 2016.
17. 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last couple years.
18. 160 million hours of TV shows and movies are watched daily via Netflix
You may have spent five hours binging the newest Netflix original something-or-other today, but if putting that into a global perspective makes you feel any better, you only accounted for about .00000003% of the world’s watch time for the day.
The streaming giant’s servers have to churn through roughly 494.4 million GB of bandwidth a day to keep up with the traffic, hence accounting for about 15% of the world’s entire bandwidth capacity.
19. More than 60 million hours of music is streamed daily.
20. The amount of technical information is doubling every 2 years. For students starting a 4-year technical or college degree, this means ½ of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their 3rd year of study.
21. Apple sold 572,000 iPhones per day in 2018.
Over the course of 2018, smartphone sales to end users grew by 1.2 percent year-over-year to 1.6 billion users. However, the US, Asia/Pacific, and Greater China regions recorded declines over the year of 6.8 percent, 3.4 percent, and 3 percent.
22. A new term has been created, “The Silver Surfer” for those seniors +50 who use the internet on a frequent basis.
23. The top in-demand jobs that barely existed 10 years ago are Digital Marketing, Cloud Specialist, Social Media Intern, Fintech Manager, IOS and Android Developer, Uber Driver, Data Scientist, Big Data Architect, Transformation Manager.
24. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist using technologies that haven’t been invented; in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.
25. 13 years ago (2007), Apple launched its first iPhone. Approximately 3 billion people now own an iPhone now.
26. Candy Crush earns more than $4.5 million per day and over $1.5 billion for the year 2019.
27. In 2020 Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Prices reached the $9000 mark.
28. The Digital Revolution is just starting
A working Quantum Computer could arrive within the next 10 years. It will enable exponential jumps in computing power. Furthermore, artificial intelligence will outperform humans in many activities in the next 10 years.
29. Email is older than the World Wide Web
Electronic mail invented by Ray Tomlinson in the 1960s. It wasn’t until a couple of decades later that the World Wide Web would begin to take shape in the form we know and love today.
30. The first supercomputer weighed over a ton
This is an image from 1956 showing IBM’s first supercomputer (the 305 RAMAC). This gargantuan thing had a hard drive which was capable of storing 5MB of data and weighed over a ton. It can be seen here with a forklift loading it onto a cargo plane.
31. Nintendo was founded as a playing card company in 1889
Video gaming giant Nintendo was originally founded as a playing card company way back in the hazy days of 1889. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the company moved into producing toys and then a decade later into video games. This image shows a plaque at the original company headquarters and marks the history of a truly awesome games company.
32. Hewlett-Packard’s company name was almost Packard-Hewlett
The company was properly formed in 1939, though the pair- Bill Hewlett and David Packard could not decide on a name and ended up flipping a coin to determine whose name would come first. Thus HP was born, it could have easily have been PH instead.
33. Google is A Multi-Billion Dollar Spelling Mistake
That’s right – Google is perhaps the biggest and most public spelling mistake ever made. Page and Brin settled on “Googol” as the name for their search engine, referring to the impossibly large number of the same name (the number 1 followed by a hundred zeros).
When it came time to register the domain name, they were delighted to find that Google.com was available. A good reason for that – until then, Google wasn’t even a real word! When they later discovered the word they’d looked up was an incorrect spelling of “googol”, they decided to roll with it anyway.
34. Google Rents Goats
Google Rents Goats To Maintain The Grounds Of Its California Headquarters. Since 2009, Google has replaced lawnmowers with a herd of 200 goats to maintain the lawns at its Mountain View HQ. Google hires the goats for about a week at a time, allowing them to graze on the grass, clear the weeds, and fertilise the grounds.
35. Apple is the world’s largest IT company by revenue and total assets, and the world’s second-largest mobile phone manufacturer.
36. Apple iPad’s retina display is actually manufactured by Samsung.
37. The first photo on the World Wide Web
This is the first photo ever posted on the World Wide Web and it’s over 20 years old. The image comes from CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the same organisation that famously discovered the Higgs Boson particle.
38. Some people are scared of tech
Plenty of people have different fears. People are scared of spiders, some of the thunderstorms, others of the taxman. But plenty of people are scared of tech too. So much so it even has a name – Technophobia. There’s also “Nomophobia” – the fear of being without your mobile phone and “Cyberphobia” the fear computers. We generally just suffer from FOMO though, the fear of missing out.
39. The term robot actually means “forced labour“
40. Internet killed the radio
Technology is surely evolving at an alarming rate. The reach of that technology is also changing as it becomes more accessible and affordable.
A demonstration of that is shown by the fact that it took 38 years for radio to reach an audience of 50 million. Television, on the other hand, took just 13 years. In more modern times, the Apple iPod a measly three years and the internet took four years.
41. Apple’s famous Macintosh advertisement was directed by Ridley Scott
In 1984, the Apple MacIntosh was launched with the help of a TV advert directed by film legend Ridley Scott. This advert, known as 1984 was just 1 minute long and cost around $1.5 million to create and air during the Superbowl. It’s regarded by many as “greatest TV commercials of all time”.
42. The first camera needed an incredibly long exposure.
The first photograph ever taken in 1826 took 8 hours to expose! The creator of that camera, Louis Daguerre, was able to lower that time drastically to just 15 minutes in 1839.
43. Credit card chips have been around for a LONG time.
To many, credit card chips are a relatively new fad. However, the chip technology has been around since 1986! It was first used in France, followed shortly after by Germany.
44. Radio took 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million.
You would think the invention of the radio would be a big deal, but it took 38 years for the radio to reach an audience of 50 million. Meanwhile, the iPod only took 3 years to reach the same milestone!
45. Megabytes used to weigh hundreds of pounds.
More specifically, 5 megabytes of data weighed one ton. In 1956, the first computer had something similar to a hard drive. At the time, it was a huge leap in storage capabilities, but the cabinet that contained the hard drive weighed over 2,200 pounds and could hold 5 MBs of data.
46. Domain name registration used to be free.
Way back when people didn’t realize how huge the internet would be, registering a domain name was free until 1995.
When a fee was introduced, it was high! Prices were typically $100 for two years of registration.
47. Alexa is always listening to your conversations
This probably isn’t new to you. Siri has been doing it forever.
Alexa stores your dialogue history to its cloud to help improve your Alexa experience.
48. First television broadcast took place in 1925
Scotsman John Logie Baird is seen here, in 1925, using a ventriloquist’s dummy to broadcast the first television picture. It was a done with a greyscale image in a 30-line vertically scanned format, at five pictures per second. Archaic by today’s standards, but a marvel of modern technology at the time.
49. Google Was Originally Known As “Project BackRub”
When Brin and Page first developed an algorithm for searching the net, they dubbed it “BackRub”. This algorithm was then used to measure and rank the importance of webpages based on inbound links; the skeleton of what would become Google Search was formed.
Changing the name from Backrub to Google was probably a smart choice. Can you imagine what life would be like constantly saying “Let me just BackRub it” every time you needed to look up the answer to something?
50. Apple earns US $300,000 per minute.
51. Total Number of Monthly Active Instagram Users: 1 billion+ (source)
52. 62% of YouTube users are Males
53. People read faster or slower depending on what they read from.
Not only do you blink less when you’re on a computer, but reading from a screen also slows you down.
On average, people read 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
As for the blinking part, did you know that during everyday life, people normally blink at a rate of twenty times per minute?
But put them in front of a computer, and that number drops way down to seven times per minute!
54. Amish computers
There are computers specially designed without internet, video, or music capabilities, just for the Amish.
The features include word processing, drawing, accounting, spreadsheets, and more – but not much more.
55. Mac computers were named after the apple
It’s not a coincidence that “Macintosh” is similar to the apples called “McIntosh”. In addition, The name misspelt on purpose to avoid conflict with a manufacturer called “McIntosh Laboratory”.
56. First computer mouse wasn’t made from plastic
Back in 1964, Doug Engelbart invented the first-ever computer mouse. Back then, it was made out of wood. It was rectangular and featured a little button on the top right.
He called it a mouse because the cord coming out of the back reminded him of the tiny rodents.
57. Spam mail named after canned meat
Spam mail was named after the canned meat! In a Monty Python skit, they said Spam meat was “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”.
58. Original Xbox had sound snippets of real space missions.
The original Xbox contained edited sound bites from actual transmissions from the Apollo missions.
If you left the Xbox on the home screen, eventually you’ll hear whispers of conversation – actual chatter from the Apollo mission.
59. First alarm clock could only ring one time
The first mechanical alarm clock could only ring at 4 a.m. invented by Levi Hutchins in 1787. It wasn’t until 1876 that a wind-up alarm clock was made that could be set for any time.
60. 86% of people try to plug in their USB devices upside down
61. 56.3% of Instagram users are Females and 43.7% are male.
62. Instagram Stories Daily Active Users: 500 million+
63. More than 15% of YouTube’s site traffic comes from the U.S.
64. LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with nearly 690+ million members in over 200 countries and territories.
65. Professionals join LinkedIn at a rate of more than three new members per second.
66. More than 70 percent of LinkedIn members are outside the U.S.
67. In 2013 alone, the web has grown by more than one third: from about 630 million websites at the start of the year to over 850 million by December 2013 (of which 180 million were active).
68. First online gaming before the year 2000
Released in 1999, Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit console to hit the market as it is the first console that allowed real-time online play.
69. 80% of YouTube users come from outside the US (source)
70. Total Number of Monthly Active Twitter Users: 330 million (source)
71. iTunes unusual Terms & Conditions
Agreeing to the Terms & Conditions for iTunes, you are agreeing to not use it to make nuclear weapons.
The clause states, “You also agree that you will not use these products for….the development, design, manufacture, or production of the nuclear, missile, or chemical or biological weapons.”
72. Early Netflix subscribers got a lot of Chinese Pornography
In 1998, Netflix was still in the business of selling as well as renting DVDs. To try and offer consumers something new, co-founder Marc Randolph decided to offer footage of President Bill Clinton’s Grand Jury testimony about his involvement with Monica Lewinsky. But according to the book Netflixed, the duplicating house had a mix-up: out of the 1000 customers who ordered Clinton’s interview, a few hundred received discs full of hardcore Chinese pornography.
73. Apple‘s co-founder sold all his shares for $800. Today, they would have been worth US$35 billion.
74. Everything you say to Siri is sent to Apple, analyzed and stored.
75. First Google Computer Was Made From Lego
This one sounds like a bad urban legend, but it’s true. Due to budget constraints (don’t forget, even the founders of Google were once poor college students), the Google team fashioned custom-made server racks out of Lego bricks.
Today, Google runs more than one million servers in data centres around the world to handle over $ 3.5 billion searches made internationally every day. Above all, it is hard to imagine that it all started with a single server built from a children’s toy!
76. Google’s First Chef Was A Former Caterer For ‘The Grateful Dead’.
In 1999, Google’s employees (all 40 of them) held a cook-off to determine who to hire as head chef. Charlie Ayers, former caterer for an American rock band, The Grateful Dead, won the competition and therefore held the position for 7 years.
77. Google Was Officially ‘Verbified’
Google received one of its biggest honours when the Oxford English Dictionary officially added “Google” as a verb in 2006. Google’s influence became so widespread that “to Google” became synonymous with searching for information on the internet.
78. 38% of Twitter users are between the ages of 18 and 29, 26% users are 30-49 years old.
79. Netflix was originally called Kibble.
Choosing a name for the company was a drawn-out process. Directpix.com, Replay.com, and other names were considered; so was Luna.com, which was the name of Randolph’s dog. When the company was being incorporated, he named it Kibble.com until they could decide on something permanent.
80. Instagram Now Has More Than 2 Million Monthly Advertisers and 25 Million Business Profiles.
81. In 2016, the number of websites has almost doubled: from 900 million to 1.7 billion. However, the more reliable active website count was stable at around 170 million throughout the year.
82. Google Was Nearly Sold For Less Than A Million Dollars.
Next time you make a bad decision, spare a thought for the former CEO of internet company Excite, George Bell. When Bell was made an offer to buy Google for $1 million back in 1999, he declined. The price was knocked down to a steal at $750,000 but he still declined, saying the asking price was too high.
Bell couldn’t have predicted the company he turned down would later go on to make hundreds of billions of dollars and become a global phenomenon. But as it is, Bell’s refusal has been enshrined in the history books as one of the worst business decisions ever made.
83. Everything you say to Siri is sent to Apple, analyzed and stored.
84. World Wide Web was invented in 1989 and this is how it looked then;
85. Yahoo was invented in 1994 and this is how it looked then:
86. Amazon was invented in 1995 and this is how it looked then:
87. Google was invented in 1998 and this is how it looked then:
88. Facebook was invented in 2004 and this is how it looked then:
89. Youtube was invented in 2005 and this is how it looked then:
90. Twitter was invented in 2006 and this is how it looked then:
91. Apple has more operating cash than than the
92. Jeff Goldblum was offered to be the voice of Siri by Steve Jobs himself.
93. Apollo 11 astronauts couldn’t afford insurance.
Life insurance for a space mission cost a fortune, because the risks were extremely high back then.
So instead, the astronauts of Apollo 11 signed hundreds of covers that their families could sell in case anything went wrong.
94. Yahoo’s original name was a mouthful.
The original URL for Yahoo was akebono.standford.edu.
The name Yahoo was selected because it was derived from Gulliver’s Travels slang, “Yahoo” which was a fictional race of beings in the book.
95. Amazon wasn’t always Amazon either! Originally named “Cadabra.com,” Cadabra was an online bookstore only.
CEO Jeff Bezos explored other options in the 90’s, some of which still redirect to Amazon, like Relentless.com.
Amazon registered in 1994, and has grown into the monolith that it is today.
96. When Snapchat first launched in 2011, it was named Picaboo. It wasn’t renamed to what we know as Snapchat until 2012.
97. 97% of people type in words to Google just to see if they spelt it right.
98. The first word to ever be auto-corrected was “teh.”
Back in the day, autocorrect wasn’t as efficient as it is now. In order to auto-correct “teh” to “the,” you had to press the left arrow and F3.
99. Android is gender specific.
The word “Android” literally means a human with a male robot appearance. Similarly, the female equivalent of this word is a “Gynoid.”
100. Comic Sans if the most hated font in the world.
Comic Sans designed to be an unserious, handwritten style font to use in comic books. Although everyone loves to hate on this tasteless font (including myself!) it is actually very useful for dyslexic people. Because of its asymmetrical style, the letters are much easier to discern.