In 1st world countries, being connected digitally is a common way of interacting with the world. Some of us couldn’t even imagine what life would be like without the luxury of the Internet. Though this is commodity technologically advanced societies enjoy, still more then sixty-percent of the world do not have access to the web. Leaving them isolated from world-wide connectivity.
In a effort to provide more data access across the world, juggernaut tech houses have been researching ways to make this possible, from GoogleX high-flying traveling balloons to Facebook acquiring Titan Aerospace for their airborne solar-powered drones. Outernet even developed a nifty gadget named Lighthouse that plugs straight into a satellite dish for web connectivity. All are pretty cool endeavors, but one project plans to enter space with the future of digital connectivity.
The CubeSat Project “was developed by California Polytechic State University, San Luis Obispo and Stanford University’s Space Systems Development Lab” to conduct research on miniature satellites for space operations. With their research, CubeSat ( that can be built from off-the-shelf components) can be cost-effective way to launch satellites in low-Earth Orbit. The founder and CEO of Clyde Space Ltd, Craig Clark, believes this nifty gadget can be used for world-wide connectivity with “fairly low data rates and it wouldn’t really be internet yet because it’s just one-way — but eventually it will be two-way.”
He has teamed up with Outernet to bring this project to fuition. The idea is, since CubeSats are cheap to build and can be launched into space quickly, you can impliment A.I.(artificial intelligence) into the devices to allow a swarm of miniature satellites to work in concert to bring connectivity to the masses. Which will revolutionize the future of digital connectivity for the world.
This makes me imagine bees traveling across the world, building a global honeycomb until everyone is connected to the World Wide Web. If the project is successful, people will see a major shift in social connectivity, with 3rd world countries having the access to global content(news, entertainment, online education, etc). So, instead of writing letters to your penpal in the Sahara Desert, you can connect with them through Facebook.
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What do you believe the consequences will be when the rest of the world becomes digitally connected?