It seems like the lines between science fiction and reality are blurring at an amazing rate.
Whether we pay attention to it or not, every day is inviting new feats of science and technology that are transforming our world.
One of the things that I find the most interesting is the parallel between what happens on earth and things happening around the planet: by that, I mean earth’s orbit.
We’re no longer the human race that solely depended on landlines and telephone poles to keep our tech running. Today, we’re using off-world real estate to help us defy the boundaries and take our technology to a whole new level of speed, connectivity, and possibility.
Just look at Elon Musk and Starlink. For anyone that’s not familiar with Starlink, it’s Musk's satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX. The project is famous for providing internet access across the globe and helping establish the infrastructure needed for 5G.
With any innovation this massive, there is so much going on surrounding the topic that it’s hard to name all of the effects it will have on the world and the way we operate.
There are so many little things that are happening because of all of the ships that are going up into space. It’s so much more than just the ship or the satellite breaking through the atmosphere. It’s about what all of this means.
In the short term, we’re getting faster internet speeds to give us near-instant chatting capacity and the ability to play games and stream videos with zero friction.
But, in the long-term, this network of satellites will secure 5G and make things like completely connected smart cities a reality. These satellites will support virtual realities, metaverses, and internet-based environments. They are the first step to a new future that’s defined by powerful technologies.
As Above, So Below
The reality is that space matters more than ever right now.
As we can see through the example of Starlink and SpaceX, space is the key to actualizing all of the tech-driven goals that humanity and Silicon Valley are dreaming about.
That means that space and the earth are arguably more connected than ever before. The technologies that we’re developing on earth are paralleling developments happening in space.
The way I see it, our science has already left the confines of this planet. We’re approaching a space-driven world that connects our society and our solar system.
Questions to Ask Moving Forward
To navigate this new environment, I think that it’s important that we all develop our ability to see the bigger picture.
Look at Elon Musk. He’s doing Tesla, but that technology is really all about batteries. He’s doing SpaceX, but it has to do with satellites.
We should all be wondering, what’s really behind the curtain? Just like our favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz. What’s the endgame or the big development that will emerge out of all this science?
While I can’t say for certain, I’m sure that we’re all buckled up for the ride that’s coming — who knows, it might even be aboard a rocketship.