It is essential that each, and every person know about the evolution of computers. With computer systems transitioned from giant sized monstrosities to portable computing devices, the development of computers is quite spectacular. It is, without a doubt, the most useful machine ever designed by humankind.

The creation of the computer was only the beginning of the relentless desire for knowledge. To demonstrate our appreciation for technology, we have managed to round up 20 incredible facts with regards to computers and the internet.

  • Only 8% of the world’s money is real physical cash; the remainder exclusively exists on computers.
  • The world’s first ever computer was introduced by Konrad Zuse in 1936 and was known as the Z1.
  • The very first electronic computer called the  ENIAC weighed over 27 tonnes and took up more than 160 square metres.
  • Every month, over 6000 new computer viruses are released on the internet, and roughly 70% of virus creators are said to operate under contract for organised crime syndicates.
  • If there were a computer as powerful as the human brain, it would be capable of doing 38 thousand trillion functions every second and store more than 3580 terabytes of memory.
  • The technical engineers who produced the IBM PC were called “The Dirty Dozen.”
  • Using the conventional QWERTY keyboard, the longest word anyone can write is “Typewriter”.
  • An ordinary individual blinks about 20 times a minute. But when using a computer, they blink only seven times a minute on average due to high concentration.
  • In 1936, the Russians designed a computer system that functioned only on water.
  • In 1964, the first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart, and it was made out of wood.
  • Sweden is the country with the largest percentage of Web users. Roughly 75% of the swedish population use the internet on a regular basis.
  • Google uses approximately 15 billion kWh of electrical power annually, which is a lot more than most countries. Interestingly enough, they generate a great deal of their energy making use of solar panels.
  • Roughly 1.8 billion people can browse the Internet, but only 450 million of these can speak English.
  • Of the 247 BILLION e-mails sent daily, at least 81% of them are considered spam.
  • By the time you turn 21, you have spent n average  5,000 hours playing video games, exchanged 250,000 e-mails, SMS messages and spent at least 10,000 hours on the cell phone.
  • The first real computer “bug” was a dead moth that was trapped in a Harvard Mark II computer in 1947.
  • CAPTCHA is a nickname for “Completely Automated Public Turing Test" to tell Humans and Computers Apart on the internet.
  • Facebook has more than a billion members. If it were a country, it would be the 3rd biggest on earth.
  • Computers, as you recognise them today, was designed only 37 years ago in 1980.
  • The first hard disk was developed in 1979 and could store a minimal amount of data, only 5MB.

Technology is brilliant and powerful! I'm convinced that even the inventor of computers could never have realised the impact this machine would have on the world.