Elon Musk is never bored, that is for sure. After giving us a fair warning about the Terminator real threat, he is up to something new. He plans to claim a piece of the sky, or the entire air space for his flying machines. It comes without saying that is going to be extremely crowded up there. Right?
We have some announcements in this field. Amazon and Facebook will launch drones. Google is thinking about balloons. Well Elon Musk’s Spacex will introduce micro-satellites. This miraculous solution is supposed to ensure that even the remotest areas on our planet experience the benefits of the Internet.
Great. We do not have to worry about the Internet. The only thing to worry about, though, is that something will eventually fall on our heads or houses from the blue sky. We will have literally millions of busy little mechanical bees flying around us. Who will control and coordinate this flying abundance?
Oh dear, this is really going to be something. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Elon Musk has a nice chance to materialize and unite some of his worst fears and brightest ideas. Maybe, he is our very next John Connor. The indisputable leader in our uprising against the machines.
Google in space. Not metaphorically, but literally. You probably know that Google has acquired some of the companies, which specialize in satellite and drone production. Just like Facebook, Google itself is interested in spreading the word of the Internet even to the most remote points of our globe.
Yet, with this one, it has gone a little bit further. For what is worth, Google will rent and then eventually invest in one of the NASA’s facilities. We are talking about a symbolic start, with the long term and significant consequences. For the beginning, Google needs a place to launch its satellites into space.
What can we expect next? Again, there is this pessimistic parallelism with the SkyNet and Terminator concept. For the time being, we should not worry that much. The worst thing that can happen to us is for Google satellites and drones to bomb us with ads, rather than the real rockets. Acceptable?
We sure hope there is some adventurous spirit left in Google among all of the ads and marketing oriented things. Maybe, we will live long enough to witness a discovery of some new Google called planet. Why not? The one to find can call it as one likes the most. The final countdown for Google has just begun.
It turns out that the Intel’s competition “Make It Wearable” was an extremely fruitful ground for some of the fantastic ideas. One of them definitely deserves our undivided attention. The last time we checked the IT drones were the size of a plane. This one will be a size of a butterfly. What can it do?
Well, believe it or not, you will be able to wear a bracelet on your wrist. Almost like a traditional watch. The difference is that there will be a mini flying drone with a tiny camera. It is supposed to fly and take a photo of you. Then it will land back on your arm nice and smooth. Is this SF or what?
It seems that Intel is dead serious about this project. Intel will support the development of this mini-drone with $50,000 and some of its own computer chips. This is really an encouraging thing. Almost anything you can possibly think of can become a reality. Today in the movies, tomorrow in real life.
For what is worth, our sky will be crowded with a guarantee. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and now Intel has announced their airborne plans. We sure hope there is a clear plan of what needs to be done in order for these busy little and big bees to fly around without any problems. The era of drones has begun.
What is your first impression when you hear something new about Google, Amazon or Facebook drones? Do you think about mosquitoes or birds, in terms of size? How big they need to be in order to function for years with no need to land? All they would need is the sun and some nice weather.
Well, Facebook will make you to think bigger. How about the Boeing 747 size? Does this change your perception completely? We know what is the reason for these drones to be airborne in the first place. Every single corner of the world, no matter how remote it may be, will get its own access to the Internet.
That is nice and noble. Yet, what is going to happen with the crowded sky all over Africa, South America and Asia? How this flying circus is going to function in real life? Maybe, we will get tired of drones, which deliver both the Internet and bombs? Now, we have a completely different situation.
Who is the most suitable candidate to be our next SkyNet candidate: Facebook, Google or Amazon? Why this sudden airborne interest among the major IT players? Perhaps, we spend too much time staring at the sky that we miss the real troubles happening at our very doorsteps. So many eyes in the skies.
Google drives, and for what is worth, Google flies as well. One very serious rumor has it that Google is deeply involved in the drone stuff. What is the reason for it? Some say that the recent Twitch switch directed by Amazon triggered some nerves in Google. They want to strike back with a vengeance.
It comes without saying that Amazon was eager to turn the next page with the drone-based delivery of ordered goods. Google plans to do something similar with a couple of differences. The first one is related to the very purpose of Google air forces. It is rather humanitarian than commercial one.
You certainly recall Facebook, which airborne ambition was driven by a desire to provide the Internet in the most remote areas. Google drones are supposed to save lives and ease pain of people in trouble you simply cannot reach the other way. However, there is a catch and a serious limitation.
While Amazon drones are supposed to touch the ground during the delivery, the drones made by Google will drop it after you this way or another. Who knows, maybe we are very likely to witness some dog fights between Amazon and Google drones first hand in not so distant future.
Here is a new participant in the drone race, and its name is Google. For what is worth, Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, one of the leading names in the world of drones. It is worth mentioning that Facebook was more than interested for this drone producer. At this stage the main priority is to ensure the global coverage when it comes to the Internet.
Although, we might have expected that this takeover will deliver nice looking drones on our sky with the Google logo, it is very likely that Titan Aerospace will produce only balloons for the Internet related purposes in this period. In addition, Titan Aerospace devices can make extremely precise and high quality pictures from the high altitudes, which can strongly contribute to Google Maps.
The ink on the contract between Google and Titan Aerospace has not yet dried, and the Skybox Imaging has been marked as the next target for the next major air/space takeover. The major activity of this company is related to the low Earth orbit satellites. It seems that not even the drones are not enough for the air race between the IT giants such as Google and Facebook.
We should be prepared for the crowded sky in the future period. We can expect to see balloons, drones, and even satellites flying around with Google, Facebook and Amazon logos. On the other side, we sure hope that this increased number of flying objects will solve the black spots when it comes to the Internet access in the world. That should be their number one priority and not our privacy or shopping habits.
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.