Thursday, August 7, 2014

You are on the Internet Right now - and you are not Alone

Over two billion people are connected every single moment of every single day and the numbers are rising. Around 3.6 million Google searches were made in 1998 throughout the year. By 2013 nearly six billion Google searches were made every day. There is a whole of questions being asked around the globe.
Who answered these questions B.G. (Before Google)?

Are we alone?

are we alone - Frederick Achom blog
are we alone?

Google's first official year in existence is 1998, but before that, people were getting into the habit of typing things into technological devices. The very first text message was sent in 1992. Today more text messages are sent in a single day than the number of people on earth. The point is that technology is growing really, really fast and spreading just as quick. Another interesting statistic is the number of Internet devices. In the mid 80's there were around a thousand of these contraptions knocking about. By 2012 the numbers were approaching ten billion and according to Morgan Stanley, this number will be as high as 75 billion by 2020.

So, everyone is on the Internet...not!

With numbers like this, surely the Internet is everywhere, right? Wrong. There is a barren wasteland of no Internet in less developed places all over the world. Ethnic groups in remote areas around the globe have no access at all and in some areas the Internet is only accessed by improvisation. In parts of Africa e-mail is received at a central point, printed out and delivered to regions with no coverage while other information from the Internet is broadcast on local radio stations. Tedious and simple, sure, but that is just for now. News hot off the tech press says that pretty soon Google will be taking care of those poor Internet-deprived souls too.

Imagine balloons floating around in the stratosphere 20km's from earth sending out Internet signals to everybody, including to those isolated tribes in New Guinea, India and South America.

Does it sound like (loon)acy?!

This is exactly what Google is working on with their quest to make the World Wide Web truly worldwide with Google Loon. The WiFi beaming Loon balloons have been tested in New Zealand, and have provided a Brazilian school with much needed Internet access. The reasons behind doing this could be entirely altruistic but is more likely to be financially driven. Perhaps Google is planning on offering ISP services or simply hoping to achieve increased revenue due to increased exposure. Who really knows why and who knows if they will be successful in this very ambitious venture. What do you think? Is this idea another Google great, or simply loon(y)?