People are scrolling through 90 meters web content every day – that’s the same as the height of the Statue of Liberty

Updated 11 April 2018
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People are scrolling through 90 meters web content every day – that’s the same as the height of the Statue of Liberty

  • Five million jobs will go by 2020 because of various technological advancements
  • By 2020 the Internet will be accessible to double the amount of people it is now

JEDDAH: People scroll through 90 meters of web content every day – that is the same height as New York’s Statue of Liberty, according to Facebook’s Regional Director in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Ari Kesisoglu.

And by 2020, that number will likely double from the current four billion, as internet usage and reach continue to grow, Kesisoglu said at the TopCEO18 forum at the Bay La Sun Hotel in King Abdullah Economic City on Wednesday.

Kesisoglu said that since the beginning of time until 2003, when the internet began to boom, humanity has generated approximately five billion gigabytes of information. “Every 10 minutes, we create that amount of information now,” he revealed.

But he said the brain’s processing power would be aided by the growth in the content we consume.

According to a study in 2001 found that the human brain could process a single thought in 0.3 of a second. The same study was repeated again in 2014, and the human brain had developed in order to adapt to media changes and internet feed into processing a thought in 0.03 of a second.

 

IN NUMBERS

  • 80 percent of Internet users will be using a mobile messaging app by 2020 - currently only half of the four billion with Internet access use such apps.
  • People stay five times longer on video content than that which is static
  • 40 percent of mobile users leave a website when it doesn’t load in 3 seconds.
  • We scroll 90 meters of content in a day, Usain Bolt sprints 100 meters in 9 seconds

 With the rapid pace at which the internet is developing, and our brains leaping to keep up, “by 2020, the majority of the world will be connected to the internet,” Kesisoglu said.

“There is going to be a massive gap between content creation and our ability to consume content, and that gap will continue grow because of our brains and how powerful they are.”

He predicted that our dependency on our mobiles and the internet would continue to grow – but this same growth in reliance, he said, would make people more vulnerable to the devices they hold so dearly.

To emphasize his point, he told delegates to unlock their phones and hand them to the person on their left. “How does that feel?” he asked, as the audience struggled to smile in spite of their evident discomfort. “We cannot ignore how important mobiles are,” he added.

Despite the apparent reliance on technology by so many, its advancement will leave millions back on the job market, Kesisoglu explained. As many as 5 million jobs will be lost to AI, robotics and nanotechnology according to a recent World Economic Forum report.

But there is a line of thought that suggests that these same technologies will ultimately lead to a reskilling of the workforce – and half of that will be millennials by 2020, he said.

 

 THE LIST:
Jobs that weren’t available but became possible because of the evolution of the Internet:

  • AI engineer
  • Cloud specialist
  • App developer
  • Drone operator
  • Vlogger/blogger
  • Social media consultant
  • Autonomous car engineer
  • Big data analyst
  • Uber/Careem driver
     


7D News looks to add new dimension to Middle East affairs

Updated 24 April 2018
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7D News looks to add new dimension to Middle East affairs

LONDON: Do you have a camel at home? Is there an oil wheel in your garden? These are some of the least-informed questions that Dr. Ali Rashid Al-Nuaimi, editor-in-chief of the new media platform 7D News, has encountered on visits to the West.
Al-Nuaimi, a UAE national and member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, said he spotted a gap in the online media market for an outlet “that is a force for good, not just reportage.”
This begins with unpicking stereotypes about the Middle East, Al-Nuaimi said during an interview at the 7D News launch party in London on Thursday.
“What people here in the West know about the Arab world is terrorism, wars, discrimination against women … we want to change it,” he said.
Serving up daily news blasts complemented by background pieces that aim to show “the stories behind the headlines,” as the news service’s slogan reads, the site plans to provide a fresh perspective on the region, beginning with coverage showcasing the “achievements of the UAE.”
Al-Nuaimi said that the London-based news site — which is owned by Emirates Media and Research — was initially envisioned as an Arabic platform.
But Al-Nuaimi decided that English had a more international reach, and said the site will be completely impartial. “There won’t be any no-go areas,” he said.
Basing the site out of London, with reporters in cities around the world, he hopes to have a global impact by targeting an “elite audience” of readers and viewers with the scope to “impact their community.”
This means politicians, public figures, community leaders — those in a position to make a difference, Al-Nuaimi said. Issues including tolerance, integration, extremism and peace-building will be high on the agenda, with a focus on spotlighting leaders contributing to their community.
“I came from a background where I saw the added value of media in countering extremism,” he said.
“We want to look into news, incidents, events with angles that bring people together (rather than) dividing them, bridging the gaps between different cultures, different religions. I think this is a vacuum that needs to be filled.”
Humaira Patel, a reporter who recently joined the 7D team said the platform will feature “news that brings out the best.”
“I think 7D will be different,” she said.