Five billion human minds about to come online

It’s now clear that we will not need to physically wire the planet. Satellites, possibly aided by drones and balloons, will get the job done a lot faster. The major internet and space technology corporations, among others, have confirmed multibillion-dollar investments to bring low-cost broadband internet to every square metre of Earth’s surface within 10 years. They are building the railway tracks and freeways of the 21st century — but at global scale, and with breathtaking speed. Five billion human minds are about to come online, mostly via sub-$50 smartphones. And unlike the 2-billion who preceded them, their first experience of the internet may not be clunky text, but high-resolution video and a fast connection….more

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