Mobile technology has exploded worldwide in the past decade and shows no sign of stopping or fueling disruption.

The explosion in access to mobile phones and digital services means that people everywhere are contributing vast amounts of information to the global knowledge warehouse. Moreover, they are doing so for free, just by communicating, buying and selling goods and going about their daily lives.
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Doug Stephens in his presentation “The Future of the Store” shows some great slides exemplifying the explosion. The slides are below and you can watch his entire, interesting presentation at this link.

In 2005, the mobile revolution was just beginning, in this picture at the funeral of Pope John Paul II at St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City you can see one lonely mobile phone with a person trying to take a picture of the event.

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In 2013 at the same location, just 8 years later, for the inauguration of Pope Francis it is easy to see how much mobile technology has affected all of our lives!

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THE PENETRATION OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY INTO PRODUCTION, POPULAR CULTURE AND OUR LIVES HAS BEEN AMAZING. THIS EXPLOSION OF MOBILE TECH IS FUELING DISRUPTIVE BUSINESSES LIKE UBER AND AMAZON.

Predicting the future here is what Doug Stephens jokingly presented what the day the world ends would look like (LOL)

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To look back at 2005 – a short 8 years ago and before the explosion of mobile – here is what popular phones looked like and what was popular in American culture.

Popular 2005 Mobile Phones

In 2007 Steve Jobs and Apple released the first iPhone

 

2005 Highest-grossing films 

In descending order: 
• “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” 
• “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” 
• “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” 
• “War of the Worlds” 
• “King Kong” 
• “Wedding Crashers” 
• “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” 
• “Batman Begins” 

• “Madagascar”
• “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”
Source: Box Office Mojo

 

2005 Most Popular Songs

One other imporant contribution to not only 2005 but mobile in general was the launch of YouTube!