Archive for the ‘internet’ category

Sep 21, 2021

Lasers beam high-speed internet between cities through open air

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

Alphabet’s floating internet venture Project Loon may have been deflated, but its legacy looks set to live on through a new effort called Project Taara. The team has salvaged the technology to deliver internet connectivity with lasers, demonstrating the viability in a new test between two cities separated by the Congo River.

Originally a Google side hustle before being spun off into its own project by parent company Alphabet, Project Loon had lofty goals of connecting remote regions to the internet by beaming lasers between high-altitude balloons. After years of successful trials however, the project was eventually grounded in January 2021 due to sky-high costs.

The balloons may have been a bust, but there’s still life in the lasers. After all, wireless optical communication systems could help connect communities where it’s not feasible to build complex grids of underground optical fiber cables, and where cellular or satellite internet is patchy or expensive.

Sep 21, 2021

SpaceX’s ‘Starlink’ To Provide Services To Mars For Starship, Confirms Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

Internet on Mars!!

Elon Musk’s ‘Starlink’ is currently providing services in parts of the US and Canada and has plans to enter India by the end of 2021. Tech mogul Elon Musk, via his recent tweet, revealed that his satellite broadband company ‘Starlink’ will extend its services to Mars. Musk informed about this idea while replying to a user’s tweet last week, as per reports by The Science Times. Currently, the broadband internet provider is undergoing public beta testing in parts of the US and Canada.

Starlink will strengthen Starship’s communication Musk’s idea came to light when a user asked if Starlink will be deployed between Earth and Mars to strengthen communication for Starship is SpaceX’s ambitious project that is being touted as the vehicle that will ferry cargo and crew to the red planet and back in the coming years. In response to the user’s tweet, Musk amplified the excitement with one word, “yeah”.

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Sep 19, 2021

Crypto’s Next Big Thing: Decentralized Finance Takes On Wall Street

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, cryptocurrencies, finance, internet, space

What would a world without banks look like? The answer may lie in decentralized finance.

Decentralized finance is an emerging ecosystem of financial applications and protocols built on blockchain technology with programmable capabilities, such as ethereum and solana. The transactions get executed automatically through smart contracts on the blockchain, which includes the agreement of the deal.

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Sep 18, 2021

Elon Musk says Starlink internet will exit beta status next month

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

SpaceX’s satellite internet service is apparently preparing to enter its next phase.

Sep 17, 2021

Google’s Project Taara Wirelessly Transmits 700TB Across a River in 20 Days

Posted by in categories: computing, internet

Google runs a plethora of aspirational projects to explore one moonshot or another, but only some become real products. The company’s Project Loon internet balloons didn’t make the cut, having shut down in early 2021. However, one aspect of Loon has lived on to become its own Googley project. Google says it has used the Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) links developed for Project Loon to beam hundreds of terabytes of data nearly five kilometers, no wires necessary.

Now under the purview of the company’s X labs, the little-known Project Taara is already enhancing connectivity in Kenya and India. Google says FSOC is essentially a fiber optic connection (up to 20 Gbps) without the wires, but it requires a direct line of sight. In Africa, Taara is now beaming data across the Congo River from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. After setting up the links over the past few years, Google is now sharing some of the project’s more impressive metrics.

Project Taara lead Baris Erkmen notes that Project Taara transmitted 700 TB over a recent 20-day period. This helped to back up wired connections in use by Google’s local partner Econet. Testing Taara in Africa makes sense because line-of-sight laser communication falls apart in a foggy locale like Google’s Bay Area home, and the fast-flowing Congo River has made connectivity in the region much more expensive.

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Sep 15, 2021

New Chip Can Decode Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, internet, virtual reality

Every piece of data that travels over the internet — from paragraphs in an email to 3D graphics in a virtual reality environment — can be altered by the noise it encounters along the way, such as electromagnetic interference from a microwave or Bluetooth device. The data are coded so that when they arrive at their destination, a decoding algorithm can undo the negative effects of that noise and retrieve the original data.

Since the 1950s, most error-correcting codes and decoding algorithms have been designed together. Each code had a structure that corresponded with a particular, highly complex decoding algorithm, which often required the use of dedicated hardware.

Researchers at MIT.

Sep 14, 2021

SpaceX launches 51 Starlink internet satellites in the constellation’s 1st West Coast launch

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

One of SpaceX’s oldest rockets launched on a historic 10th flight, carrying the first stack of Starlink satellites into space in more than two months before sticking a landing at sea to cap the successful mission.

The previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Station at 11:55 p.m. EDT (8:55 p.m. PDT, or 355 Sept. 14 GMT), marking the company’s 22nd launch of the year. It also marked a record 10th flight for this particular first stage booster.

Sep 12, 2021

The Metaverse, Web3, and the Inevitability of NFTs

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, internet, sustainability, virtual reality

As I begin to understand the future of the internet and its evolving technology, I believe this author has it right and has cleverly synthesized a coherent image of a future sustainable as NFT, VR, AR and Metaverse Web 3.0. #Metaverse #NFT #web3 #VR #AR

NFTs are here to stay and will be foundational to our new world.

Sep 11, 2021

Starlink satellite drops out of orbit, fears of crashing into the UK

Posted by in categories: internet, space, surveillance

The UK Space Agency tweeted: “We are monitoring its re-entry together with @DefenceHQ, and there is no expectation the re-entry will cause any damage. Due to the varying input data, natural forces and associated observation error, there are always high levels of uncertainty when performing re-entry predictions on any satellite”.

“Today, a Starlink-1855 satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. There is a chance it will re-enter over the UK, and you might be able to spot the satellite as it burns up. Starlink has a fantastic track record or orchestrating safe and reliable re-entries. We do not expect the return of the satellite to cause any damage. Still the UK Space Agency and the Ministry of Defence continually monitor and assess the re-entries of satellite and debris and any risk to British territories through our joined Space Surveillance and Tracking capabilities”.

Sep 10, 2021

Elon Musk Mocks Jeff Bezos’ Attempt to Develop Immortality Tech

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, life extension, robotics/AI, sustainability

#ElonMusk is on a better path than Bezos is partly because he’s working on his brain chip and once that brain chip has been made dubbed complete he can make it so it works with tech and we can merge Tech with people which means that we can make a life out of tech and have our body be completely made robotic and as long as we have materials like synthetic blood that feeds and sustains the brain with the proper nutrients to stay alive. Theoretically u could live much longer. He seems to have the robot body and robot made and chip almost complete now he needs the synthetic sustainable blood for a human brain 🧠 implant into the robot tech body using Brian chip to control it. Immortality In theory the brain doesn’t have to be in the robotic body it can still be connected to the body through a central location via #StarLink #Robot links “Life is a video game in that aspect” But even without the brain merge you will be able to pair our minds with these AI robots and use them on 🌎 earth or beyond like a ship to #Mars or any other place that can get the signal from the brain to the robotic body.

Elon is at it again.

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