Throughout recent history, humanity has come as far as creating and manipulating Artificial Intelligence (AI), applying it to many different things, such as the internet, in order to improve those things in their respective fields. This information technology (IT) is implemented into businesses to enable those corporations to reach more efficient and profitable levels. In this article, Facebook, launching its “Connectivity Lab”, has attempted to provide internet access, through the use of satellites and drones, to the rest of human population, even in the most remote places.
The first component, from this article, that I feel should be emphasized is the purpose of this drone, and how IT is used to accomplish Facebook’s team’s goal. The ability that the drones/satellites have is to be able to give feedback to the user showing the locations where the human population is scattered. This is vital to the user, such as Facebook, because, as stated in the article, 99.9% of the earth is not populated by human-life, and with this technology, the user/business saves a lot of time and money. The next point that I would like to emphasize from the article is how artificial intelligence works for this technology. This concept depends on “neural networks” in order for this technology to be as accurate as possible. This concept, in simple terms, reads that if you allow the neural network to analyze the same thing repeatedly, then the drone or satellite will be able to recognize it from its aerial view, sending the information back to the user. This is significant because it allows for the user to find things other than humans, such as animals, terrains, artifacts, etc. The last point that I felt should be expanded upon is the technology’s less than 10% error rate. This shows significant effectiveness in this technology and by displaying a high-value, low-risk technology, and the ideas from this information technology can be spread to businesses throughout the world for their use to improve. In addition, with a low error rate, there is little room to improve, forcing technology to expand in other directions.
Although the AI utilized in drones and satellites do have great benefits when it comes to its abilities, there are ideas, not mentioned in the article that may give rise to some flaws. With the ability to find the locations in which people live, along with the ability to find different artifacts or special locations, this tool could lead to potential dangers to people around the world if placed into the wrong hands. I would have liked to learn how this problem could be avoided. Another flaw that I feel could be ran into with this IT is that not the whole human population has access to the internet. This could lead to the significant loss of money if an area of minimal technology is targeted. Lastly, I would like to have learned how this IT will affect unrelated businesses. Overall, this article was very interesting and insightful.