Let’s take a look at how fast our internet connections are now.
Some people are currently at 12 Mbps, recently they’ve been a lot of upgradable options to jump to 30 Mbps and higher. For example. Verizon has rolled out Fios which goes up to 300Mbps. That’s a full HD movie in around 2 minutes or so.
The google test connection which is based on fiber optics is now 1 Gpbs, so approximately 3 times faster than than the top tier connection available.
Now comes a technological advancement that blows it all away.
2.5 Terabits per second. That’s 2.5 Tbps. 2,500 times faster than even Google’s 1 Gigabit per second fiber optic connection.
American and Israeli researchers have used twisted, vortex beams to transmit data at 2.5 terabits per second. As far as we can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created — by some margin. This technique is likely to be used in the next few years to vastly increase the throughput of both wireless and fiber-optic networks.
In this case, Alan Willner and fellow researchers from the University of Southern California, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Tel Aviv University, twisted together eight ~300Gbps visible light data streams using OAM. Each of the eight beams has a different level of OAM twist. The beams are bundled into two groups of four, which are passed through different polarization filters. One bundle of four is transmitted as a thin stream, like a screw thread, while the other four are transmitted around the outside, like a sheathe. The beam is then transmitted over open space (just one meter in this case), and untwisted and processed by the receiving end. 2.5 terabits per second is equivalent to 320 gigabytes per second, or around seven full Blu-ray movies per second.
The future is about to get better exponentially. Get excited.
What would we possibly use this speed for? Perhaps cloud computing which may be the future. Who knows, but I still want it.
The photos have appeared all over the web in just a couple of weeks. Will King seems to be in good sport considering his image has spread around the web, manipulated without his content, and used for humor.
Will King is a MUSC system analysis who took a perfect photo of a runner by coincidence. He didn’t know who he was, but he caught the right moment. After uploading the photo to his flickr. One of his colleagues nicknamed him ‘Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic’. After which, King posted the photo on Reddit where it became viral. The photo itself has over a million hits, which does not include sites like facebook, twitter, and other social media sites.
Also cool, you can see how any site looked in history. Enter in the website in the top search bar and it will show you a snapshot at certain periods of that website’s existence.
Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive take a snapshot of a large chunk of the web every month or so. So far they have archived 150 billion web pages. If a website goes down, there’s a good chance their WayBack Machine can recover it. If the whole Internet went away, the machines at the Internet Archive could resurrect a lot of it. At their HQ in San Francisco, they have 3 of their back up machines on display in what was formerly a church (right image). In a naturally air-conditioned closet they have more machines, one whose back is shown here.