In 2008, the number of devices that connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people. That number continues to rise, thanks to a growing number of connected devices. Cisco has put together this infographic to showcase the growth of the Internet of things.


In 2008, the number of devices that connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people. That number continues to rise, thanks to a growing number of connected devices and gizmos, ranging from televisions to soda machines. Folks at Cisco have put together this infographic to showcase the growth of the Internet of things.


Infographic courtesy of Cisco.

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  1. What a creepy future in store for us. We’re like moths to a flame with all this tech stuff. Supposedly connected more than ever, but so disconnected from the natural world. We’re slaves to our own inventions.

    1. Machines have won. There is one option – the off switch. I am going to turn off and go for a walk now. Have a great sunday

      1. Om, same here! Thanks and I hope you have a good day too.

      2. There is no off switch. Ever tried powering off your PC? It can even refuse to power off. It’s a soft switch. I regularly pull the cord out to reboot.

        Machines cannot do anything really useful it seems. The machines that were supposed to keep the Japanese nuclear plant under control failed miserably.

    2. Yeah, I agree. Let’s go back to horses, rampant childbirth deaths and cholera. Crikey, I miss those days.

      1. No, lets stick with AIDS, mad cow, bird flu and other man invented diseases to exterminate us.
        You are very smart, better unplug that cable from the back of your head :))))

    3. Think about the possibilities that are there with this innovation. I can see thousands of ideas coming out of this. And there is always that off switch as mentioned before if you don’t want to be a part of it.

  2. Keith Shepard Sunday, July 17, 2011

    The best things in life aren’t things.

    1. This may be true, but your love life will apparently have an IP address independent of you and your significant other. According to this predicted future…

  3. Scott McHale Sunday, July 17, 2011

    Machines don’t win. People surrender – often all too willingly.

  4. I find it strange that our predictions of technical utopia are always centered around convenience instead of happiness and fulfillment. So what if I can get an extra 5 minutes of sleep? that’s not paradise. The more convenient our lives get, the less fulfilling they are.

    1. Good point Pete!

    2. The idea isn’t that those 5 extra minutes may only be used for extra sleep, but for spending a few more minutes in bed with your wife, helping your child with their school work, or going for a short walk before tackling the day – Things that actually give you fulfillment. Those extra 5 minutes throughout the day and over months and years really add up. Humans are not lacking challenges in their lives, in fact whenever life gets more convenient, we are able to take on more challenges that we would have otherwise. Spending 15 more minutes in traffic isn’t going to make my life more fulfilled. I’d rather spend that time going for a nice walk to start the day.

      1. Pity Cisco’s boring and long-winded netacad notes drag out so much that one has little time for subjects of interest in one’s IT course, let alone an extra five minutes of sleep. Yuk.

  5. This is really very interesting if you go back 50 years and tell some one about this >>> (beyond imagination), so guys what do you think will happen after that? Any one with a wild imagination?

  6. Adam Haworth Sunday, July 17, 2011

    It so true what they say about us being so connected yet so disconnected. The internet is brilliant, I can comment on this article right now and communicate with everyone who is reading this comment… yet I don’t know any of you and I most likely never meet you.

    I think the introduction of internet on phone and tablets will allow people to still be people and stay connected. I live in London and couldn’t imagine not being able to go out an socialise yet still keep up to date with email and on going of the net.

  7. wow! I found this link through digg and I thought this is an interesting infographic! :)

  8. Nice and interesting article :D
    I like the part of Ipv6 protocol :))

  9. Ankur Nandwani Sunday, July 17, 2011

    I find it hard to believe that, by the end of this year, 20 households will generate internet traffic equivalent of entire internet traffic in 2008. To me 1998 would make more sense.

    1. That seems a bit far-fetched to me as well. 1998 is more feasible.

    2. @Ankur, Thanks, that stat is attributed to Jim Cicconi, VP at AT&T (there’s a source link at the bottom of the infographic). We try to provide lots of sources (not just Cisco’s) in our material, so we get a well rounded perspective, but that stat has been questioned quite a bit – I’m going to dig into that one a bit further… the sentiment is absolutely correct as we are seeing exponential traffic growth, but the specific timeframe looks suspect.

  10. “The Terminator” doesn’t seem that unrealistic now.
    I personally enjoy new technologies – but only to an extent. The concern that the human race is becoming far more reliant on technology to make life easier, is seemingly resulting in the human race becoming less active, forgoing simple activities that helped us evolve and survive as a race.
    Will man’s need for rapidly advancing and innovative technologies lead to his eventual demise? Or will it give the prying eye of the greater powers that be, even more control…? Just a thought.

    1. @Dishram, one of the things we don’t factor in is that as technology advances and machines get “smarter”, it’s not a “them vs. us” scenario. We will ultimately embed more technology into ourselves to augment our own capabilities, for example, we think nothing of artificial cochleas, hearts, pacemakers, etc., today, and in the future, exoskeletons, artificial retinas, brain-controlled prosthesis, etc., will be common place. In essence we merge with technology. While it sounds far fetched, much of what we take for granted today, also did only a few decades ago. So, a terminator scenario IMHO is less likely as mankind and technology continue to fuse.

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