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Infographic: 15 Facts About the Internet in 2015

Each week, TAXI will curate a selection of new products and projects from Fast Company's Co.Design, a web magazine that showcases the people, products and projects that are roiling the design world. This series will join other picks from technology to fashion to architecture and interiors, all culled from select blogs and websites.

Infographic Of The Day: 15 Facts About The Internet In 2015

2015. Sounds far away, doesn't it? But it's not, and we already live with a little taste of what that future will be like. How so, you ask?

Consider: The rise of mobile computing, the proliferation of social networking, and the cloudification and appification of our entire technological lives. All of which is laid out in this superb infographic video, "Digital Life: Today and Tomorrow," created by NeoLabels, with a script by Inés Leopoldo of Mitsue Venture.

What's most interesting aren't the trends themselves, but the sheer magnitude of them. For instance, we all know that mobile computing is on the rise. But the proportion of people who access the Internet only through mobile devices will grow from 14 million in 2010 to 788 million by 2015. Meanwhile, the number of smartphones will rise from about 500 million today to 2.5 billion.

It's hard to even grasp what all of that will mean to how technology weaves its way into our lives. You can readily imagine a future where the Internet feels less like a 'thing' that you plug into at your desk, and more like the air you breathe—a ubiquitous flow of information, connecting a tiny device in your pocket to the entire world.

All of which is to say, science fiction is upon us. But it's all happening in ways that are both imperceptibly gradual and shockingly fast. The future somehow doesn't feel like the future anymore, because the present is just changing too damn quickly.

More cool design picks, courtesy of Fast Company's Co.Design:

1. JOIN, A Table Inspired By An Ancient Japanese Puzzle
Balancing act.

2. Wanted: Wurm, An iPad Drawing App That's A Work Of Art
Generative wormholes.

3. Wanted: Alessi Creates The Ultimate No-Mess Bathroom Set
As clean as your bathroom should be.

4. To Lure A New Type Of Consumer, Redhook Beer
Rebrands Itself

Between the beer snob and Average Joe.

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