If Amazon can use drones for delivery, then Facebook can use the same thing for…What exactly? As it seems, for solving the only problem which stands on Facebook’s way of acquiring new users – Internet access. These Facebook drones are supposed to deliver Internet to the most remote points on our planet. On the other side, they will use solar power as an energy source.
It seems that Facebook is very serious about this idea. Facebook has already acquired the Titan Aerospace from Texas, which specializes in solar drones’ production. The plan is to use more than 10,000 drones to cover all areas with no Internet in the world. The main focus is as expected in Africa. It is very interesting to mention that Amazon and Facebook are not the only airborne IT giants.
Can you guess who is also eager to get up in the air as soon as possible? Yes, you are right who else than Google itself. The only difference is that Google plans to use balloons instead of drones. It comes without saying that our sky will become a pretty much crowded place. We sure hope we will not have to witness some dogfights between Amazon and Facebook drones, and even Google’s balloons.
As always, there are some people who are not too enthusiastic about these new airborne IT opportunities. We just cannot ignore dark NSA clouds in this matter. Who can guarantee us that these altruistic aircraft will not be used for some dishonest intentions? On the other side, maybe people in Africa need something else before Internet such as food, water or education? Think about it.