A staggering 2/3 of the world’s population is without internet access, and Google wants to change this by cutting the cord and taking to the skies with solar-powered balloons that provide internet for all called Project Loon. Given the sweeping changes that access to cell phones and internet had for developing counties and in the recent Arab Spring, these balloons have the potential to be the new frontier in digital democracy. The pilot test for Project Loon begins June 2013 and will be focused only on New Zealand.
Why I’m Curious
Not only does this have the potential to make the world smaller and more connected, Google’s balloons can help get people back online after disasters. It’s impossible to tell how we’ll evolve having this level playing field, but it’s clear it will be an evolution. Plus a service that could potentially compete with Comcast is music to everyone’s ears.