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Bill Gates backs 'big brother' satellite network

By T.K. Randall
April 23, 2018 · Comment icon 15 comments

Big Brother really will be watching you if this goes ahead. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Known as EarthNow, the project aims to offer live streaming of the entire planet 24 hours a day.
Backed by a core group of investors including, not only Gates, but also Airbus, the SoftBank Group and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, the ambitious endeavour will involve launching a network of 500 satellites in to orbit in an effort to offer real-time coverage of every inch of our planet.

"The company's aim is for you to experience Earth's beauty and its fragility, and to recognize the importance of being good stewards of our world," the company has stated.

Each of the 500 satellites, which will be mass-produced by Airbus once the designs have been finalized, will reportedly feature more CPU cores than "all other commercial satellites combined."
"EarthNow is ambitious and unprecedented, but our objective is simple; we want to connect you visually with Earth in real-time," said EarthNow CEO Russell Hannigan.

"We believe the ability to see and understand the Earth live and unfiltered will help all of us better appreciate and ultimately care for our one and only home."

The live feed will initially only be available to commercial customers, however there are plans to eventually roll it out to consumers as well.

"With EarthNow, we will all become virtual astronauts," said Hannigan.

Source: ZDNet | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by .ZZ. 6 years ago
LOL I'm older than both y'all. I figure I've got 25 years left above ground, at least.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
We were born in the same year.  I just have no desire to last longer than 20 more years.  As for ZZ, you must have some serious genes for longevity in your family! 
Comment icon #8 Posted by RAyMO 6 years ago
I've an uncle just turned 80, I was talking to him by phone in the summer and he told me he had just come in from a spin on his bike - thought he was kidding - but nope straight up - He says he aiming for 30 more years ...... at least
Comment icon #9 Posted by Lilly 6 years ago
Wow, that's very impressive, good for him. Sadly, your uncle is more the exception than the rule. Most folks don't have a good quality of life in their 80's, only a few are so lucky.  
Comment icon #10 Posted by Socio 6 years ago
What happens when you have criminals seeing where the police are in real time, the cartels seeing where the Border Patrol is and more importantly isn't, pedophiles watching our kids in school in real time, terrorists watching Allied troop movements in real time etc... There is simply no way they can allow the general public to view the earth in real time as they are claiming, this is something far more nefarious being masked as something innocent.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Chaldon 6 years ago
I really feel sorry for you Lilly. There's always a reason to live even waiting in a death row. I suggest you rebooting your life a little bit: moving to another place and changing the people you think are your friends but in fact only doing you harm. And, by the way, stop watching TV and reading news. That's the first and foremost.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Beacon_Field 6 years ago
I think people are misunderstanding what the plan actually is. Yes, they spoke about Big Brother but i think the actual plan is, to view the Earth as it is in the picture. From a distance, not close up so you can see cars, houses, people, crimes being commited etc etc. It won't surprise me if there are some satellites up there that can do that now that are private. Anyway, i think it is my understanding that they want to view the Earth from a distance, not close up. And anyway, it won't be live or real-time either. It will have a 30 second (at least) delay......so they can switch it off when a... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by cathya 6 years ago
I thought it was God's job to watch the entire world. I think this is just another way of spying on each other. It may start out as a
Comment icon #14 Posted by Socio 6 years ago
I don't buy it, major investors invest for profit , they are not going to invest that kind of money for useless view of the earth, public Joe may get that kind of view but I bet they and government agencies will get a zoomed in detailed view, complete with night vision and thermal imaging. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by ChaosRose 6 years ago
Yeah it said something about making us all virtual astronauts.  The idea is to see how beautiful Earth is so we don't muck it up any more than we already have. Don't get me wrong...they probably already have what people are worried about up and running.  That's just not this thing.


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