Google's Kinder, Gentler, Skynet

In the Terminator movies, Skynet is the military computer network that eventually becomes self-aware, and decides that mankind is a pest and wreaks terrible havoc upon us. Google, however is proposing it's own sky-net; a wireless network across Africa and Asia comprising high altitude blimps and balloons to bring the web to that part of the world in a low cost way.
The company is intending to finance, build and help operate networks from sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia, with the aim of connecting around a billion people to the web.
To help enable the campaign, Google has been putting together an ecosystem of low-cost smartphones running Android on low-power microprocessors. Rather than traditional infrastructure, Google's signal will be carried by high-altitude platforms - balloons and blimps - that can transmit to areas of hundreds of square kilometres.


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