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Sting once sang the lyrics:

“Well in a hundred years from now/ They will attempt to tell us how/ A scientific means to bliss/ Will supersede the human kiss- Straight To My Heart”

We are now headed where  there will soon be more machines than people. Between 2011 and 2016 the amount of mobile data traffic will grow at a compound annual rate of 78 percent as the number of mobile devices connected to the Internet exceeds the number of people on Earth in four years’ time, according to a study by Cisco Systems Inc.

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The United Nations projects that world population will reach 7.3 billion by 2016. By that time, according to Cisco’s annual visual networking index forecast published on Tuesday, there will be more than 10 billion devices, generating global mobile data traffic of 10.8 exabytes per month.

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That translates into around 130 exabytes of mobile data per year which is equivalent to 33 billion DVDs or 813 quadrillion text messages, according to Cisco, whose core business is the routers and switches that manage Internet traffic.

Most of the devices driving mobile data traffic will be smartphones, laptops and other portable gadgets. Read the rest here.

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