Today is the tenth anniversary of the launch of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg. I am not a regular Facebook user. I have a Teilhard de Chardin fan page and for my other identity I mostly use it to see the pictures that my wife posts of our children and follow the activities of friends. However, I am amazed at how ubiquitous it is. I was reading a post on Jericho Tree this morning on this phenomenon and some stats are interesting:
By the end of 2013, Facebook was being used by 1.23 billion users worldwide, adding 170 million in just one year.
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“What Facebook is doing with a site used by 1 billion people a day is an order of magnitude greater than anything – it’s a remarkable feat of engineering,” he said, pointing to the fact that London is still the only English-speaking city in Facebook’s top 10. “It’s not just about the US anymore – tech is now a global phenomenon.
Over 60 years ago, Teilhard de Chardin predicted that the next stage of human evolution would be a widespread convergence of human consciousness in what he called the Noosphere. As Teilhard de Chardin wrote on January 18, 1950:
“Essentially, in the twofold irresistible embrace of a planet that is visibly shrinking, and Thought that is more and more rapidly coiling in upon itself, the dust of human units finds itself subjected to a tremendous pressure of coalescence, far stronger than the individual or national repulsions that so alarm us. But despite the closing of this vise nothing seems finally capable of guiding us into the natural sphere of our interhuman affinities except the emergence of a powerful field of internal attraction, in which we shall find ourselves caught from within. The rebirth of the Sense of Species, rendered virtually inevitable by the phase of compressive and totalizing socialization which we have now entered, affords a first indication of the existence of such a field of unanimization and a clue to its nature.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The Future of Man (Kindle Locations 4429-4434).
The rapid development of technology (including sites such as Facebook) are starting to break down the tribal barriers that have existed for over 200,000 years and we are currently experiencing the beginning stages of the Noosphere as predicted by Teilhard de Chardin.