Over the past years, the world has undergone massive changes in terms of technology. But still, even though many parts of the world enjoy high-speed internet, some countries are lagging behind.
In third world countries, the internet service is expensive yet the people receive a slow connection. Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind SpaceX and Tesla, may have the solution to this problem.
He plans to launch about 4,000 satellites across the globe to provide high-speed internet, even in far-flung areas.
In fact, SpaceX plans to start launching these satellites by 2019. This year, the firm will launch a prototype to test if the satellite has the ability to orbit the space successfully. Most of the satellites will be launched in 2019 and the remaining over the next years.
Patricia Cooper, SpaceX’s vice president of satellite government affairs said:
“The remaining satellites in the constellation will be launched in phases through 2024.”
The plan is to increase and improve the internet speed not only in areas covered by cell phone towers but at almost any point on the planet. Yes, that includes remote areas, airplanes during flight and even ships on oceans.
The satellites are seen as solutions to the problems with internet connectivity and speed.
The company argues that the United States itself lags behind other developed countries in terms of broadband speed and price competitiveness. However, with the satellites orbiting the planet, even remote areas in other countries will enjoy the perks of a high-internet speed.
The satellites are designed to provide a mesh network in space that will deliver high-speed internet and at the same time, stable connectivity without the need for cables.
In a tweet, Elon Musk joked:
“Don’t tell anyone, but the wifi password is ‘martians’.”
Many individuals are hoping that this project will indeed push through in 2019.
This is the next big thing when it comes to broadband accessibility. Aside from providing high broadband speeds, these satellites could bridge the gap between countries, particularly those living in remote areas. They can have access to the benefits of having an internet connection.
Introducing Lilium Jet, The World’s First Electric Flying Taxi
The makers claim it can fly as fast as a Formula One car.
Flying cars may no longer be just a thing of the future. One Munich-based company has introduced what they claim to be the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing jet, which pretty much looks like a flying car. Lilium Aviation last year did a test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype called the Lilium Jet. They also call it an 'air taxi.'
The Lilium Jet takes off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerates into forward flight using wing-borne lift. It is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. Only small and inexpensive landing pads that, according to the creators of the aircraft, can be made by anyone are needed.
The aircraft is still being further developed.
Airfish 8: The Unique Sea-Craft That Could Revolutionize Island Travel
The Airfish 8 could revolutionize travel between thousands of islands in the Philippines, Indonesia, Polynesia and the Caribbean.
Traveling to popular or even secluded island destinations will require you to get on the plane or ride a boat. Even then, there are certain areas that ferries and boats cannot reach. But with the existence of the unique marine vessel, called Airfish 8, traveling to those areas can be a lot easier.
Running on a race car engine and bearing the look of a seaplane, the Airfish 8 can revolutionize the way people travel. Developed by Singapore-based firm Wigetworks, the craft doesn't need a runway to dock as it can easily land on water, which means harder-to-reach areas like remote islands will be much easier for holidaymakers.
Although it looks so much like a plane and hovers, Airfish-8 is registered as a merchant ship.
Swedish Funeral Agency Plans To Use AI To Let Grieving People Chat With Dead Loved Ones
The chatbot will communicate as if it were the deceased person.
Wouldn't it be nice to get another chance to communicate with someone we have lost? That's what a funeral agency in Sweden hopes to give to people but not in the way you think.
Fenix, a Sweden-based agency, is looking to create artificial intelligence that can offer comfort to grieving people by giving them the chance to talk to dead loved ones. While it would be an interesting thought to be able to speak to "fully conscious copies of dead relatives," Fenix's mission is to develop a chatbot that contains files of the deceased and make them seem like the actual person.
Swedish funeral agency Fenix is looking for volunteers for the chat bot project.
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