Thursday, July 8, 2010

Shift Happens

You are probably familiar with the series of YouTube videos called, “Did you know?”. There are many versions, but the basic premise is the same: intriguing facts about our fast-paced, dynamic world are set to rousing techno music.

The videos often begin by trying to rock your world with some fact that makes you feel completely insignificant, such as: “if you are one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.” Then, they attempt to blow your mind by quantifying the growth of Facebook and other things that exemplify the exponential times we are living in. Finally, they make inspiring predictions about the future, like that “by 2013, a super computer will be built that exceeds the computational capabilities of the human brain.”

The strength of these videos lies in their thought-provoking nature. Beyond being impressed, overwhelmed or motivated, you are intrigued. They make you contemplate the future and the potential of the human race…what’s next?

My only complaint is that the facts are displayed for such a short period of time that they don’t really get a chance to sink in. But that’s the point I guess— everything is moving so quickly that by the time you fully grasp something, it’s gone.

The ironic thing is that even these videos are now outdated. I would like them to wow me with data from 2010. But if you haven’t seen any of these so far, I’d recommend doing so. I’ve posted two links on this page. The first one, 3.0, is my personal favorite, but inline with the current theme, it seems wrong to not show you the latest version, so I’ve included the link to that one too.

Did You Know? 3.0

Did You Know? 4.0

Advice from Ariel
If everything is coming your way, you’re probably in the wrong lane.


Anonymous Dick Gib said...

I had never seen those videos before but they are really cool! It's weird to think about all those things in the world and I agree the facts are coming at you a little fast, but I think that kind of adds to the effect.

July 9, 2010 at 10:03 PM  

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