Imagine being able to get home after a busy day and immediately download your favorite film, book, song, and anything else you want all within milliseconds of walking through your doorway.
That’s superfast broadband technology, and it’s not just science fiction. It’s science reality.
History of the Internet
Nikola Tesla first began research a world wireless system in the early 1900s; however, he would die under mysterious circumstances before being able to succeed.
Come the 1960s, the ARPANET was invented by a New York-based research group with funding from the United States Department of Defense.
Historians consider the ARPANET to be the prototype of the internet as we know it today, which was made commercially viable with the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989. Since then, internet capabilities have increased significantly from year to year.
While the original infrastructure for most internet systems used low-quality fibre optic cables, new forms exist today such as WiFi and of course high-tech, incredibly powerful fiber optic wiring.
Compare Your Home to NASA
If you’re familiar with science fiction, you’ve probably seen a scene in a film or read a chapter in a novel in which a character downloads some new information directly into his or her head in a matter of seconds, oftentimes in the form of a new language database or other information.
But what you might not know is that language databases that provide any advanced level of fluency can be upwards of five gigabytes per language, rendering at least a five gigabyte per second download speed for an average computer.
In reality, the average computer has a download speed of between five and ten megabytes per second. NASA, however, already has superfast broadband technology and is capable of downloading 91 gigabytes per second, which is almost 20,000 times faster.
Superfast Broadband in Pop Culture
We often see spy movies or science fiction films in which the protagonist requests some sort of data transferral, which the “guy in the chair” scrambles to send just in the nick of time to either defuse a bomb, take out the bad guys, or help the protagonists escape.
The technology that they’re using is most likely superfast broadband internet. If they were using simple WiFi technology to send these massive data packets, the protagonists could potentially have to wait hours before the information has been fully downloaded. By then, the heroes would likely be dead.
So instead, they wire into a superpowered “mainframe” with servers and satellites saved to the network to enable ultra-fast, almost instant download speeds. The only place in the real world that even comes close to such speeds is NASA.
Fortunately, dial-up internet has died out and the internet industry has taken us on to greener pastures and faster WiFi. Scientists and futurists alike are hopeful that, someday soon, the average household internet will be as fast as NASA’s is today.
All in good time, though this technology might be coming sooner rather than later.
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