Online by drone

Facebook is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world. Facebook drones are just a plan, now, but it might come true. A fleet of drones might rival Google’s blimps and balloons.

I find this quite exciting. Any Internet ‘connectivity’ implies possible threats of spying and terrorism, as we know. But my first thought about the drones and blimps is that people who work the land and sea might find them very useful.

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I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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4 Responses to Online by drone

  1. Drones and blimps have actually got an interesting competition going on now for increasing internet spread. The best part is, they both just keep helping developing regions more and more. So ultimately development is a consistent winner and that’s what we need. Internet revolution has incredible potential to change conditions in underdeveloped and developing regions. With big names like google, microsoft, facebook etc. coming into development, even governments of these regions are empowered more.

  2. Rachel says:

    It is exciting, but I also feel a bit sad by the news. These people will end up relying on technology to help them work the land, increasing productivity and becoming more distanced from it in the process, like we are today, instead of maintaining a close sustainable relationship with the land. Ways of life that have existed for centuries without technology will disappear.

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