Some observations on technological transformations from Terrence A. Glassman:
Between 1960 and 2010, the world population rose from 3 billion to 6.8 billion. In other words, there has been more growth in population in the last fifty years than the previous 2 million years that humans have existed.
In the span of 66 years, we went from taking flight to landing on the moon.
Between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality worldwide has dropped off by almost 50%.
Nuclear and renewable power prevented 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage.
There is more processing power in at TI-83 calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.
Humans will create more information in the form of data in the next two days than was created in all of history up until the year 2003.
No human has won a chess tournament against a high-spec computer since 2005.