Many large companies, including SpaceX and Google, want to put satellites in orbit to provide internet access to the whole world. Now, Amazon is acknowledging it’s in the mix to do essentially the same, though the details behind their plan seems to be slightly different.
Compared to other companies, the Amazon plan will include thousands of satellites flying at different altitudes ranging from low- to high-orbit. There’s no explanation as of yet about why they believe this is a superior method of delivering internet to 95%+ of the inhabited world, but they seem confident it’s the right approach.
All these tech bros are going to launch so many satellites into orbit in the name of "cheap internet," we're going to actually have a Kessler effect. https://t.co/TvYev1xmMY
— Nick Kolakowski (@nkolakowski) April 4, 2019
Call me crazy, but this really worries me. Control of the internet has been on the minds of many conspiracy theorists since its inception, but for the first time the technology surrounding delivery of the internet seems to be sparking real fears. Why are so many large companies willing to invest in something that doesn’t seem to be financially beneficial to them? One or two – fine, they want to be a trendsetter and assist with branding. But when it appears everyone with a few billion extra dollars and a tie in with the internet want to race to achieve a goal for “philanthropic” reasons, I get skeptical.
The concept is great. The processes being proposed to make it happen are brilliant. Chances of the Keppler Effect (mentioned in the Tweet above) actually happening are low despite the large numbers of satellites being proposed…
…or is it?
“This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.” – Amazon statement
There are times when technology becomes wasteful. This seems like one of those times. With so many companies racing to achieve a single goal, is it really a matter of competition being the driving force for innovation?
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