Two Billion Cheetos- Stained Keyboards By 2014

Analysts at Gartner have estimated that there are already one billion computers in use worldwide right now. That's a big number, but it's the estimated rate of growth in PC ownership that jumps off the page in their report -- 12 percent a year. That means by 2014, they estimate two billion people worldwide will be able to leave bizarre comments on YouTube videos or press the autosum button on a spreadsheet.

“Whereas mature markets accounted for just under-60 percent of the first billion installed PCs, we expect emerging markets to account for approximately 70 percent of the next billion installed PCs,” says Gartner research vice president Luis Anavitarte.
The firm cites the explosive expansion of broadband and wireless connectivity in emerging markets, the continuing fall in PC average selling prices, and the general realization that PCs are an indispensable tool for advancement.

If you conisder the productivity gains in the developed world that flowed from the computer, and apply them to another billion person section of the world population, the world is going to get very rich very fast. And when you're rich, you can buy -- another computer.
Via:  TMCNet
Lev_Astov 6 years ago
Yeah, but as the emerging markets get richer, there will be less people to make the things we want to buy, making the whole increase in wealth amount to nothing more than global inflation. It won't be until we develop dexterous robots that can replace third-world workers that we will see cheap goods again.
ice91785 6 years ago
not to mention as time goes on, people huck away their old equipment for new....its like the population, one dies and two are born. The computer world will grow in terms of ACTIVE numbers but I really do not think at quite the rate the article quote -- 12% is huge!

Also there are many areas of the world that will not have the environment to get computers as a mainstream-type product for a while....
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