Google Project Loon wins contract to connect remotest parts of the Amazon

Google Project Loon wins contract to connect remotest parts of the Amazon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world’s population have internet connectivity, so companies are finding new ways to connect the remainder.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Today the fact that over half the world’s population don’t have access to...

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Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

Shooting lasers at drones helps DARPA keep them airborne forever

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies field drones one of their biggest hurdles is keeping them airborne for long periods of time, DARPA’s latest program hopes to solve that.   DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm of the US Military that’s bought and bringing you everything from conscious robots and autonomous...

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Revolutionising communications, Kymeta starts shipping metamaterial antennas

Revolutionising communications, Kymeta starts shipping metamaterial antennas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Metamaterials have amazing, and unique, properties and they’re turning up in more places, and helping revolutionise more industries.   The first 400 flat panel antennas developed by Redmond based Kymeta, which has received over $200million in funding so far from luminaries such as Bill Gates,...

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F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans.   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier this...

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SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

SpaceX explosion sees Facebooks African internet project go up in smoke

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Facebook CEO said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ in explosion of Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellite intended to provide internet coverage to parts of Africa   In October last year Mark Zuckerberg, Facebooks CEO, proudly announced his first project to deliver internet from space. The post read: “As...

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Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

Facebook Aquila takes to the skies to connect the rest of the world

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Only half the world is connected, Facebook’s connecting the other half.   Facebook has achieved the first successful test flight of the Aquila drone, marking another notable milestone in the firm’s efforts to deliver internet access to 4 billion people worldwide who are still off...

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Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

Companies are starting to connect the next 4 billion people

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Connect another 4 billion people to the internet. Check. Disrupt the communications industry. Check.   Approximately 40% of the world is connected to the internet and of those who aren’t, many are offline for one major reason – connectivity is expensive.     If you think...

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