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What Would You do With a Billion PCs?

Actually, it’s getting to be too late to worry about the effects of a billion PCs: according to the analysts over at Gartner, the worldwide installed base of PCs has recently crossed the one billion mark. The Gartnerites say that the second billion should take less than 6 years to arrive – and that 70% of those will be in emerging markets (that is, not the USA, Europe, or Japan).

By any measure, that’s a lot of computers, despite the fact that almost 1/5 of them get replaced every year. As the number of PCs in the world continues its apparently-inexorable rise to match the number of people in the world, it seems likely that web work will cement its status as a mainstream workplace alternative. That comes at a price for web workers in mature markets, though – with all those PCs, and a solidifying communications infrastructure, in other parts of the world, we’ll be feeling increased competition and price pressure as time goes on.

3 Responses to “What Would You do With a Billion PCs?”

  1. Nowwhatnapster

    I would take half the computers and solve some common cancers. The other half i would use to expand our civilization to the moon and mars. Imo

  2. with over 2 billion pc’s within 10 years, we see the growth as another factor driving the online work revolution. with some estimates of 40 million online workers today, we believe that within 10 years this will have grown to between 100 and 200 million online workers. yes, there will be increased competition and price pressure, but we should see this as an opportunity rather than a challenge.

    michael wolff – ceo –