Facebook Shows Off Laser Beam Internet Transmission

Facebook Shows Off Laser Beam Internet Transmission
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Facebook will soon be using drones and satellites that will transmit Internet via laser beams to billions of people who do not have access to high-speed Internet. According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg the laser communication system will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances.


In his Q&A session on July 1, Zuckerberg also said that Facebook is entering the artificial intelligence and virtual reality arena.

Internet transmission via laser beams

Zuckerberg told his million followers on Facebook that the company is working on ways to use drones and satellites to connect the billion people who do not live in range of existing wireless networks.

“Our Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communications system that can beam data from the sky into communities. This will dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances,” the Facebok CEO posted.

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He also posted three pictures of the laser beam technology. “Normally you wouldn’t be able to see the actual beams, but for this demonstration we made them visible. This is just one connectivity project we’re working on, but I was excited to share this with you,” he said.

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“The idea is that in the future, we’ll be able to beam down internet access from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead — and they’ll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data.”

Artificial intelligence and virtual reality

Zuckerberg also told his followers that his hired scientists are already preparing Facebook for the future – including an ambitious technology that will employ mental telepathy.

“You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like,” he said.

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While mental telepathy is still far into the future, Zuckerberg will be focusing on developing artificial intelligence because “more intelligent services will be much more useful.” The future AI systems of Facebook will better than humans at their primary sense. Soon Facebook will be able to detect whether the thing posted was an image or a video; whether it is an image or a video of people, animals or places. Facebook will soon be able to ‘speak’ to a blind person and describe what is in the video or in the picture.

Facebook will also be developing virtual reality technology as its next major computing and communications platform. Through virtual reality, Facebook users will be able to share experiences in completely immersive and new ways, the CEO said.

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