Beyond the Information Age discusses a new way of thinking about computers, knowledge and understanding. See the editorial for more information....

The Planetary Mind Project

The planetary mind will push the technological limits of computer technology way beyond what is possible today. Searching, displaying, updating, and verifying a single knowledge base of almost infinite size will require huge computer and human resources. With billions of people issulizing almost everything they think of, the traffic on the Internet will be astronomical by today's standards. The solution to this astronomical problem of the enormous demand for knowledge will go to satellite technology.

The best and safest way for humans to store their collective knowledge is in outer space. In what may be called a Space Public Library; complex satellites will circle the Earth providing Internet connection to everyone on the planet. What is different from today's satellites is that these satellites will contain huge molecular memories which will store all public knowledge in ISSU ten director formats. These satellites will be accessible using handheld or headset mounted issulizers.

The reason satellites are important to the planetary mind or space public library is that they remain unaffected by natural or man-made disasters here on Earth. Even in the unlikely event of an asteroid striking the Earth and killing most inhabitants, human knowledge would remain intact and accessible by the handheld units. Today our satellites are designed to last from fifteen to twenty years but, in the future they would last much longer. Hundred or a thousand year lifetime satellites are possible due to the lack of wear and tear in the vacuum of space. The space public library would become a renowned human asset like the Hubble Space Telescope is today and be a permanent fixture in the near space of our planet.

Last Update: 2006-Dec-23