It goes without saying that our world is in a quandary; it is not nonpareil. Issues such as the wage gap, lack of education, and a non-unified planet cause many a controversy, as our malleable minds swerve to disparate convictions of how to provide our uncoalesced world with much-needed succor. Many of these problems, however, have an elementary solution. To connect everyone.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, voices his plans of using solar-powered drones to provide internet access to the most remote areas of the world. This is not only to provide users with internet so they can connect with their families and communities, but also so they can gain access to tools to find jobs, start businesses, gain access to healthcare, access education, access financial services, and shape their own societies. Soon, the world will be a lot smaller.
Currently, approximately only 2.7 billion people can access the web, which is only one-third of the world’s population. Connecting everyone would be revolutionary. The article references a study by Deloitte, a multinational auditing company. According to Deloitte, the internet is crucial in bringing developing countries into a state of economic growth. “Expanding internet access could create another 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty and reduce child mortality by hundreds of thousands of lives.”
In closing, I was drawn to this story by my fascination with the technology of drones, but the significance is the future they usher in. A future where all persons, regardless of location, status, or background, can communicate with and learn from everyone – is possible with Zuckerberg’s drones. Our shrinking world wouldn’t have as many global challenges. Our shrinking world is not as far away as it seems.