I just got this link from a friend, and the information contained within it is rather overwhelming. It is a real-time counter that is predicting various phenomenon based on statistical models developed in respective fields. For example, it tells you the instantaneous world population, growth of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the mean temperature of the earth’s troposphere, the number of gallons of oil consumed, and the number of cars produced etc… I could not verify how accurate their models are, but just knowing how these numbers are adding up is enough to make one pause and think twice about what humanity is sort of experiencing in this world, exactly at the same instant as I sit down in front of my computer with a cup of coffee to catch up on the news.
Check it out: http://www.poodwaddle.com/worldclock.swf
Below is a screen shot of it from 6 minutes ago (click to enlarge). That’s how long it took me to crop and save the image, write up this short post, send a quick email to my brother, and press Publish….