How do you take over the planet? First, you control it’s flow of information (Google Search). You then develop and analyze a map (Google Earth), then you send in reconnaissance for a closer look (Street View Car), then you set up encrypted communications (Google Loon), you can then strike when least expected.
While we don’t believe this is the case, you have to admit that Google are in a good position to do so. They have one of the largest databases of information in the world. They have been able to map out out the world allowing a virtual tour anywhere they wish with Google Earth and their Street View Car, and now they are launching their own form of internet communications with the Google Loon Project.
The Google Loon project is very innovative both in design and implementation. Only 1/3 of the world’s population has access to the Internet and Google claims that with this project, they will be able to bring cheap quality internet to the remaining 5-to-6 billion people that don’t. How will they do this? Balloons!
Halfway between the concepts of satellite communications and tower transponders, the balloon concept is exceptionally simple and truly inspiring. Floating at about 20km in the sky, which is 10 km more than aircraft can fly or rain clouds form, the balloons have little risk of collision or a storm tearing them apart, and it’s exceptionally cheaper than a satellite. At this altitude, there are layers of wind streams that travel in one direction or another and since they are predictable, Google can use the streams for navigation by moving the balloons between them to move back and forth.
How does it work you ask? Specialized antennas on users’ homes, much like satellite dishes, send and receive signals to and from balloons, which transmit and receive from each other, and eventually to the ISP. By designing their radios and antennas to only receive signals from Project Loon, they can transmit over long distances at 3G speeds providing high quality Internet to their users via their network in the sky. Not to be confused with James Cameron’s Skynet.
Regardless of the Google domination concept, they definitely come up with some really good solutions to global issues. They’re helping to lower the world’s carbon footprint with their Green Project, provide people with unlimited information, allow them to see any part of the world from their computer, and they are now providing cheap internet for the billions that don’t have it. The next stop for Google may be solving world hunger on their track of benevolence. Or are we their test subjects playing a role in their deceptive plan of kindness to implement their hold on the world? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!