Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Chris Wake is the director of business operations atSpire.

We live in a world where there are nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as people on Earth, where we can instantly see a real-time view of streets or buildings halfway across the planet, and where our TVs, homes and cars get smarter by the day. The level of connectivity that we currently enjoy could barely have been imagined even a decade ago, and yet the reality is that even today we are connected to less than one-quarter of the entire planet.

The satellites that we rely on today for data have an impact on everything from weather prediction to supply chain logistics to manufacturing, and generally only collect information from major land masses. This leaves three-fourths of the planet, covered primarily by oceans and remote areas, as uncharted territory. What sort of unknown unknowns exist off the…

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