Fiber-optic high-speed internet transmits information as light pulses. It is a key tool for 21st century internet commerce and innovations like self-driving cars. We wonder: Which country is about to have the highest percentage of fiber-optic coverage among its broadband customers?
A. United States
D. South Africa
Since its founding in 1998, Google’s rise has been meteoric. But has the company grown too big? There are those who argue that its dominance of key aspects of the Internet warrants antitrust action, whether by authorities in Europe, the United States or elsewhere. Do you know what Google’s current market share is?
The Industrial Revolution made it possible for machines to help humans do work. Now, an increasing amount of work is being done by the machines themselves. We wonder: Which country has the most robots in the workplace compared to its number of human workers?
C. United States
D. South Korea
Only two of this year’s 13 Nobel prizewinners were born in the United States. This made 2014 something of an unusual year for the nation that is the largest recipient of Nobel Prizes in the history of the honor. We wonder: Which country has produced the second-most Nobel prizewinners in history?
A. United Kingdom
Despite the threat of NSA eavesdropping, identity theft, online scams and other risks of being online, the Internet continues to grow without pause. We wonder: By how much is the total amount of data exchanged over the Internet expected to grow between 2012 and 2017?
“In other countries, e-commerce is a way to shop. In China, it is a lifestyle.” Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, China’s largest Internet retailer, knows his statement is becoming truer every day. With Alibaba planning an initial stock offering (IPO) in New York in the coming months, we wonder: How big is China’s e-commerce market expected to be in 2015?
Immense technological progress has brought convenience and excitement to our lives as consumers. But it is also bringing about profound change for the employment prospects in many professions. We wonder: Which of the following professions is most at danger in the age of computerization over the next two decades?
One of the most intriguing ways to measure a nation’s progress is to compare its percentage of Internet users to that of other countries. A higher user level can indicate a more active and civically engaged population. We wonder: Which of these countries has the lowest percentage of Internet users as a share of its total population?
More and more people around the world are using the Internet. However, there are dramatic variations among regions in the numbers who go online, either at home, at work or elsewhere. We wonder: Which of these continents or major countries has the highest share of people using the Internet?
Staying in touch has become a globe-spanning phenomenon. There currently are about four billion cell phones for the world's 6.7 billion people, with virtually all of the growth in recent years taking place in developing countries. We wonder: How much does the average Indian cell phone user spend on phone service each month?