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7:39pm on Wednesday, 4th March, 2009:

Use of Technology


In recent years, when people at conferences got so caught up in their vision of the future that they'd say "everyone" would be using their Second Life rip-off within 3 years, I would remind them (courtesy of a statistic I picked up from Matt Mihaly) that half the world's population has never made a phone call, let alone used the Internet. "Everyone" is a lot of people.

I can't do that any more, though, because according to the UN over half the world's population now pays to use a mobile phone (er, not the same phone, I expect).

Only a quarter have access to the Internet, though, so that's still some way short of "everyone".

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