Facebook to use unmanned solar powered drones to provide internet access to remote places.
It looks like Facebook is in a position to take the next giant step in moving the digital age of the internet forward.
The Huge drones will travel the skies bringing connectivity to people below.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook aims to connect the world to the internet and hopefully to Facebook.
The initiative will empower knowledge and jobs to 100’s of millions of people in the world.
Facebook CEO said in his blog : As part of our Internet.org effort to connect the world, we’ve designed unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky. Today, I’m excited to share that we’ve successfully completed our first test flight of these aircraft in the UK.
The final design will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. It will be powered by solar panels on its wings and it will be able to stay at altitudes of more than 60,000 feet for months at a time.
The Inquirer reports:
Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world’s population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure.
Zuckerberg and Schroepfer, who delivered the technical keynote at the conference, spoke about the efforts that the firm is making to make the world more connected. These include Oculus, the face-hugging augmented reality system, and a machine with enough artificial intelligence nous to answer questions about The Lord of the Rings.
“We have a chance to connect everyone in the world. Facebook can build systems that are more human, more personalized and more intelligent than anything that has come before,” said Facebook in summary mode. “The technologies that were discussed today will help build tools and services that better serve people and move the world forward.”
Facebook-backed Internet.org said that there is great potential in the unconnected, suggesting that increasing internet access could create 140 million jobs, take 160 million people out of poverty, and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
Currently, the firm added, only a third of the global population who could join Facebook has access to the internet.
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