Welcome to The Khan Artist. This blog site is a mashup of my two favorite topics: mobile technology and travelling. Without a doubt, I think that the emergence of wireless technology in the consumer industry since the late 1990′s has been one of the most significant paradigm shifts in modern human history. Looking back over the past 20 years beginning in 1990, only about 12.4 million people in the world used cellular or mobile phones. That accounted for only 0.25% of the world’s population. Fast forward to 2010, and roughly 5 billion people in the world today walk around with mobile phones in their pockets and purses according to the International Telecommunication Union. That is approximately 73% of the entire human population!

There are two points here that I would like to expand upon. First off is the incredible rate at which this technology was adopted. Between the years of 1990 and 2010, the rate of growth of mobile phones increased at an astonishing rate of almost 35% per year over the past two decades! How many other tech devices have maintained that level of adoption?

Although not really necessary, here is the quick formula for calculating growth rate:

The formula for calculating average growth rate for a geometric or exponential increase is r =(Yt / Yo)(1/t) – 1.

Where Yt is the final value (5 billion), Yo is the initial value (12.4 million), and t is the length of time (20 years, in our case).

Thereby, substituting our values into the formala, we get the following:

r = (5 x 109/12.4 x 106)(1/20) – 1

r= 0.349, or 34.9% per year for 20 years.

The second point I want to make is that the saturation of the mobile market has permeated through virtually every socioeconomic class that exists in the world. The fact that five billion people across world use mobile handsets means that many, many people that are considered to be in the poor and poverty levels also have access to this technology. According to estimates by the World Food Bank, over 3 billion people lived on less that $2.50/day and 80% of humanity lives on less than $10/day as of 2005. Obviously, poverty levels differ from one country to another and even from one region to another within the same nation. However, despite this incredible level of poverty, the proliferation of mobile technology on the world stage demonstrates that there is a real and visceral need to adopt this technology on an individual level.

Professionally, I am involved in the mobile space as a Business Development Manager for a mobile and web development company. We specialize in iPhone and Android application development and have about a hundred applications under our belt. In addition, our development staff can also work on other types of applications such as Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry. On the web publishing side, we have expertise in database development using PHP and MySQL.

And finally, I also make professional presentations on mobile technology. These cover iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, mobile marketing, and so on. I am very open to speaking opportunities on mobile technologies. Feel free to contact me here and we can discuss in further detail. Here is a partial list of presentations that I have already made.

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