http://fortune.com/2015/07/30/facebooks-solar-power-drone-internet-earth/ – Article from fortune.com.
After yesterday’s ramblings, I decided that I should do a bit of reading and discover whether anyone has actually looked into the kind of technology that I was thinking about (drones powering global wifi coverage) and it turns out that Facebook is working on exactly that! – Using larger scale drones, operating at a higher altitude than air traffic, to ‘beam down’ a wifi signal that will cover a large area in parts of the world where it’s difficult to provide standard Internet.
While this is clearly a way off being properly implemented, it’s an amazing project and the fact that it’s already in a testing stage suggests that not too far into the distant future, we could see a truly connected global network. The political implications of that are something that I’m going to consider in tomorrow’s blog.