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Absolute Numbers 2007-2017: The “Developing” World Now Dominates the Internet

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Source: http://tmenguy.free.fr/TechBlog/?p=161

Traditionally, the data on ICT usage across the world tends to be presented proportionally – per capita usage, or penetration in the form of percentage of population. This made sense 10 years ago, when the world had just begun to notice the rapid growth of mobile phone adoption in developing regions. The typical example shown above was extremely popular – many of you will recognize it – Africa was outstripping the world in phone sales, and the prepaid business model had opened the floodgates.

At this time, however, devices were still at the feature phone stage, and Nokia owned the market. Voice and SMS were the real time communication disruptors, and smartphones only just entered the public consciousness. Internet penetration was still in the future.

Recently, however, I came across current data on internet usage presented in absolute numbers – shown above – of people online. The difference is rather stark, when compared to the proportional representation – see below.

Not only are the next two billion online, but the absolute numbers re-order the regions in a very different way. Asia leads the world online, and even Africa ranks higher than North America. Here’s the same data presented, by region, as a pie chart.

The distortion created by proportional or per capita presented skews the true landscape of the actual human beings who are using the internet. Ten years ago, this might have made sense given the passive content consumption nature of much of the early world wide web.

Today, given the dominance of social media, and the frictionless ability for anyone to share their thoughts, their photos, or their music video, its the absolute numbers that actually make a difference. There is more content available in Mandarin than in English, though we may not know it, and there are more Africans talking to each other every morning than there are North Americans.

I’ll be following up with more writing on the implications of this historic decade in human history – between 2007 and 2017, the long awaited next billion not only came online, but began showing us how to disrupt everything from cross border payments, to cryptocurrency adoption. They are my hope for a more peaceful, inclusive, and sustainable future for our grandchildren.

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Okawa City Launches Line of Miniature Cat Furniture

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Okawa City in Fukuoka prefecture is known as one of Japan’s furniture capitals. The city is even home to Okawa Kagu, a consortium of over a dozen artisans that are steeped in the craft of furniture, tatami and lattice making. Using their exact same skill set that goes into any piece of furniture, Okawa Kagu […]
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Research Risks

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The 1919 Great Boston Molasses Flood remained the deadliest confectionery containment accident until the Canadian Space Agency's 2031 orbital maple syrup delivery disaster.
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I just knew the mouserover text would be about "molasses storage".
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Seems like the people studying supernova precursor candidate stars in the local group, and the possibility of the neutrino flux sterilizing all life on earth, would push astronomy more to the right...
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made me https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Amycology 😂
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Two things:
1. dentistry seems too low on the super villain scale
2. I like that Paleontology isn’t quite all the way left.
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A 280-Year Old Dried Foods Shop in Tokyo Gets a Facelift

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all photos by Kenya Chiba

In 1737 a shop opened for business in what is now Nihonbashi, a central part of Tokyo that neighbors Ginza. And for 8 generations Yagicho Honten has stayed in business by producing and selling what is the backbone of Japanese cuisine: dried foods like katsuobushi (dried bonito), konbu (kelp), and shiitake mushrooms, three basic ingredients that go into dashi soup stock. Now, on the 280th anniversary of its birth, the shop has been renovated in a deep-redish hue that pays homage to both the original color of the structure, as well as the color of the dried bonito.

“We made wood boxes for display in the main store space out of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) in the same color, and placed them in stacks to create a space like a marketplace,” explained architect Jo Nagasaka.

Centrally located and also serving as a major focal point is a large copper countertop that functions as a kitchen for demonstrations but also where customers conduct transactions. The shop periodically conducts workshops and demonstrations on how to use their dried ingredients to make ichiban-dashi.

Yagicho Honten emits a certain regal self-assurance that most certainly connects to its long tenure in the neighborhood. On sunny days, the store opens all its doors, creating a close connection to the city and its people. Even though it’s surrounded  by large buildings and modern convenience stores it remains grounded in the spot it grew up.

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Dyson's Transportation Design Experiment, IKEA's Vending Machine and Aston Martin's $4M Submarine 

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The Core77 team spends time combing through the news so you don't have to. Here's a weekly roundup of our favorite finds from the World Wide Web:

3D print models straight from NASA's archives!

Google hardware is no longer a hobby.

IKEA's new kitchen product vending machine.

Taco Bell used to have a machine that made 900 tacos per hour.

What would flying from New York to Shanghai in 39 minutes feel like?

Dyson is working on an electric car.

Benetti Superyacht Concept. Just renderings, but man that is a hell of a boat!

Famous logos re-done with less ink

Would you stay in this traveling hotel?

The stocking machine at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. 

History of design in West Hollywood.

"Today in Technology: Raising a Ladder to the Moon, Under the Sea"

Great images of past winning entries from the World of Wearable Art competition. A competition for burning man attendees.

Sweet images of Aston Martin's $4 Million submarine.

How Canadians rid their yards of bears. 

Hot Tip: Discover more blazin' hot Internet finds on our Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Japanese Vending Machines at Night Juxtaposed with a Wintry Hokkaido Landscape

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“In Hokkaido where I live, winters are harsh and snows are deep,” says photographer Eiji Ohashi. “Every day can become rather inconvenient” due to the constant snowfall. But heavy snows also bring wintry wonderlands and the discovery of small pleasures.

One snowy night. Ohashi was walking outside when he found himself transfixed by the form of snow that had piled up on top of a vending machine. Japan has the highest penetration of vending machines per person (there’s roughly 1 vending machine for every 23 people in Japan) and the fact that the majority of them are outdoors is a testament to the country’s safety and respect for property. Very rarely are these machines ever vandalized.

Outdoor vending machines, especially the ones in remote locations, buried in snowfall, became not only a photographic subject for Ohashi but also a welcome oasis from the harsh winters of Hokkaido. The deep snows can become inconvenient “but even then I can get warm drinks from the vending machines. When I hold a warm bottle that I buy from the vending machine, my feelings relax.”

A collection of black & white photographs by Ohashi are available as a photobook. You can also see more of his work online.

 

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