The future of Internet connection is not necessarily the way that it is now. Instead of miles of cable being laid all over the surface of the planet, perhaps there is a better way to imagine how this can be done in the future?
A way that also ensures that a basic 21-century right like ‘connecting to the Internet’ is not just reserved for those wealthy enough to live in a big city with established infrastructure.
Google’s Project Loon is an audacious idea to connect the world to the Internet via giant aerial balloons that float around in the Earth’s stratosphere. Sounds crazy right?
Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes material of the testing of the Loon balloons.
Real change – that the Internet promises – will only be realised when everyone is able to affordably connect to the world wide web from anywhere on the planet.
This project looks like it may well make that idealistic dream a reality. And a great example of how a good solution to a problem doesn’t always lie in following the existing rules that we sometimes perceive as set in stone.
How will that change the lives of the world’s most marginalised communities?