For fans of the Terminator science fiction franchise or Ray Kurzweil's less-menacing, but equally outlandish theory of a coming "singularity" convergence of mankind and machines into a single super-being, you'll be sure to enjoy the latest juicy tidbit from Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO).
I. Rise of the Machines
Cisco unveiled a new study on Tuesday, which predicted that between 2011 and 2016 mobile device usage will grow at a compounding 78 percent annual rate, meaning that within four years mobile devices will outnumber the humanoids.
The United Nations predicts that the world population will hit 7.3 billion in 2016. Cisco predicts boldly that the mobile device population will be 10 billion by then. It also predicts that the devices will be sucking down an average of 10.8 exabytes of data per month (enough data to fill 33 billion DVDs or fill 813 quadrillion text messages).