It took 75 years for 100 million people to get access to the telephone; the gaming app “Pokemon Go” hooked that many users in less than one month in 2016. That is how fast the digital revolution is compared to other transformations.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution will take center stage at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting next week in Davos, Switzerland.

The concept, a theme of Davos this year, refers to how a combination of technologies are changing the way we live, work and interact.

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the Geneva-based WEF, published a book in 2016 titled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and coined the term at the Davos meeting that year.

Schwab argued a technological revolution is underway “that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.”

Simply put, the Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to how technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

15 thoughts on “It took 75 years for 100 million people to get access to the telephone; the gaming app “Pokemon Go” hooked that many users in less than one month in 2016. That is how fast the digital revolution is compared to other transformations.”

  1. petaflopbopper

    Although to be fair the telephone was a brand new technology which required massive infrastructure investment and hundreds of thousands of people to deploy over a period of decades, and pokemon go is a game.

  2. Whatsmygameagain

    I don’t think we should compare the invention of the telephone to Pokemon Go.

  3. sumpuran

    Well yes, it really helps if people already have the device and know how to use it. From there on out, downloading a free app is not much of a feat.

    Let’s instead compare apples to apples. It took only 3 years (2007 to 2010) to sell 100 million smartphones.

  4. bushzilla

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve read today.

  5. Burrmiester

    Global population has tripled since 1950. You understand the difference in population between now 7.5 billion, 1950, 2.5 billion, and the phones release 1890ish, 1.5 billion.

  6. HavanaHologram

    Such a weeb comparison

  7. no-ez

    The telephone was invented in the 1800s when the world population was 18,000 people.

  8. thechememancan

    Would like to see this expressed in terms of population %

  9. Scrumble71

    Pointless comparison, comparing up take of a brand new technology that requires infrastructure to piece of software you download with the click of a button.

    The only realistic comparison would be to earlier apps.

  10. Totaler166

    To be fair it also only took four years for Pokemon Go’s developer – Niantic – to piss off their entire player base while the telephone remains a critical part of society.

  11. johncandyspolkaband

    You do know that the telephone was invented in 1876?

  12. atot806

    The infrastructure was already readily available, and nearly everyone has a smartphone. Imagine if playing Pokemon relies on a utility company laying down miles and miles of cable sometimes in remote places.

  13. TheHollowHeaven

    Well… Yeh… One is the infrastructure the other is the use of it…

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