Fun facts about Cloud Computing

We read new articles about the cloud, data, and artificial intelligence all the time, but how much of that information really sticks with us? Here are a few fun and interesting facts about cloud computing, data, and artificial intelligence that might surprise or shock you.

The cloud is not a cloud at all. The cloud is a term that refers to using the internet to store data on remote servers instead of storing data locally on a hard disk.

For small and medium businesses using the cloud, energy use and carbon emissions were cut by 90% saving our environment and energy costs.

70% of the businesses that migrated to the cloud report that they have saved enough money on I.T. costs to reinvest funds back into their businesses.

If you stacked a pile of CD-ROMs one on top of the other until you’d reached the current digital information that is being stored globally, those CD ROM’s would stretch 80,000 km farther than the moon.

Did you know that 80% of the 247 billion email messages sent each day are spam?

More than 2% of all electricity used in the US is consumed by data centers.

For every 600 smartphones or 120 tablets that are put into use it requires the addition of a new cloud server.

One exabyte of data equals about 3000 times the entire content of the Library of Congress. Another way of picturing an Exabyte of data is to think of the data as being 10,000 miles short of reaching the moon.

When we think of all the data that man has created since the beginning of time, it may be mind-boggling to think that some experts believe that 90% of all that data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of human existence.

It may be hard to believe but 570 new websites come into existence every minute of every day.

I.T. departments are expected to be looking after 10x more servers, 50x more data, and 75x more files by the year 2020.

In a report by PWC, it estimates that A.I. will contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by the year 2030. A.I. is already making products and services better, and it’s expected that those improvements will boost North America’s GDP by 14% by 2030.

Personalization continues to gain strength. Many products you buy are being suggested to you by artificial intelligence. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, told investors that the company’s machine learning systems are being used to recommend products to customers on its e-commerce platform. A.I. is also helping to determine which deals to offer and at what point in time.

World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking predicted that A.I. would make a lot of jobs disappear. He was one of many deep thinkers who believe that A.I. systems will eliminate many jobs and not create enough to replace them. “The automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” There are many others who agree with his prediction. PwC says that 38% of U.S. jobs will be in danger of being lost to A.I. in the next 15 years.

Some researchers expect artificial intelligence systems to be only one-tenth as smart as a human by 2035. But you better watch out because things may change when we reach 2060. That is the period of time when many believe that AI could start doing all the tasks a human can do and do them better.

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Aug 20 21
Christina Zumwalt