Cisco Systems just announced that they are planning to launch an internet router into outer space on a satellite. Internet Routers in Space (IRIS) is a project being led by the US Defense Department and can help enable more widespread high-speed web access without worrying about wires and cables. This new venture has been made possible in part by an increase in satellite capacity, which is needed as users continue to load videos and other high performance files.
In the book Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson outlines why some people for financial, security, or other more nefarious reasons might wish to have computers with lots of storage independent of the laws of any particular nationstate. If someone gets some non-DOD computers up there in orbit, there's no telling where that might lead...
Curt Finch is the founder & CEO of a resource management software company.
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