A Data-pocalypse. How Much Data Are We Generating?

On Episode 442 of the Waves of Tech, we share news and notes that are meaningful to you as a user and consumer of technology. We are losing are losing our appetite for downloading apps across all operating systems as developers are seeing limited new downloads and more established apps soaring. In a staggering new infographic released, we dissect the volume of data used globally per minute and annually. The numbers from messaging, video streaming, wearables, and views are downright impressive. Bird is really suffering financial and have adjusted their pricing to stay afloat and respond to more cities placing more fees for use. And talks of banning facial recognition technology are back in the news as the battle for use and protection of civil and privacy rights surfaces.

Downloading Apps Less & Less

In a recent article and investigation from 9to5mac, we are downloading less and less apps from Google Play and the App Store. Many of us do not take the time or even choose to browse app stores for new apps, tools, or resources. The Top 30 apps have  remained relatively unchanged year by year, proving users are embracing well established applications over new items.

  • Gaming is the exception to the rule, with those Top 30 in continual rotation
  • Downloading apps from new startups is dwindling week by week
  • Despite this downward trend, developers are still financially profitable
  • The last great year for browsing and searching for apps was 2014

How Much Data Are We Generating per Minute?

It’s a data-pocalypse! We are obviously in the age of data – consumption, use, storing, tracking, demand, video, wearables, social media, and more. In a shocking new infographic from Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan, they demonstrate the sheer volume of data we use in an internet minute. The numbers are incredibly staggering and continue to grow.

  • YouTube – 4.5 million videos viewed; Netflix – 694,444 hours streamed
  • Twitch – 1 million views; Google – 3.8 million search queries
  • App Downloads – 390,030; Email – 188 million sent; Smart Speakers – 180 sent
  • Text Messages – 18.1 million sent; Messenger/WhatsApp – 41.6 million sent

Annual Data Generation Rates

Going beyond the data use per minute, if we look at the volume of data used annually the number become even more staggering and lend to a future of more growth. According to Visual Capitalist – “By 2025, it’s estimated that 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally – that’s the equivalent of 212,765,957 DVDs per day!”

  • In 2020, it is estimated 28 petabytes to be generated from wearable technologies
  • Facebook – 4 petabytes per day; WhatsApp – 65 billion messages sent
  • For reference, this is what a petabyte looks like – 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes
  • Connected vehicles on road – 4 terabytes of data are created

E-scooters and Micro-mobility Losing The Game

In a new report from The Verge, Bird is set to adjust their pricing in individual cities per ride. This is after carefully reviewing their financials and realizing a shift in pricing is definitely needed. Now that cities are placing additional fees for Birds to operate in their cities and that Bird is struggling to make a return on their scooter, a price check was inevitable.

  • Bird has yet to turn a true profit since the e-scooters landed in various cities
  • On average, Bird makes only $67 from a scooter before it becomes obsolete
  • The overall price a scooter is around $350 per unit, with an average 28 day life
  • We predict the micro-mobility bubble to burst in the next few years indeed

The Great Tech Debate – Facial Recognition Regulation

Amazon wants to use it. Microsoft wants to use it. The United States government wants to use it and actually uses it to this day. Facial recognition technology and the regulation of such technology is surfacing into the industry discussion. Many individuals, activist groups, and attorneys are concerned with the utility, storage, capability, and practicality of the technology.

  • Amazon shareholders are voting to ban to use of facial recognition by the firm
  • The intersection of technology advancement and government regulation is here
  • Companies want government to regulate this industry, giving them some outs
  • Essentially, companies are asking “tell us what we can get away with”

Resources & Links

Losing our appetite for apps
Data generated each day
Data generated by internet minute
Truth behind Bird losing money
Amazon shareholders vote to ban facial recognition

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