Saturday, June 15, 2013

Google Introduces Project Loon: Balloon-Powered Internet Access

So uhm, yea, Google just dropped the gauntlet to the rest of the world....

The Internet is one of the most transformative technologies of our lifetimes. But for 2 out of every 3 people on earth, a fast, affordable Internet connection is still out of reach. And this is far from being a solved problem. 
There are many terrestrial challenges to Internet connectivity—jungles, archipelagos, mountains. There are also major cost challenges. Right now, for example, in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an Internet connection is more than a month’s income. 
Solving these problems isn’t simply a question of time: it requires looking at the problem of access from new angles. So today we’re unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access. 
 Read the rest of this incredible audacious idea from some of the biggest thinkers of our time over at the official Google blog.

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