Say hello to the Mustang project – devised by Sigfox, the first company to provide global cellular connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), who’s partnered up with aerospace company Airbus Defence and Space, French research institute CEA-Leti, and engineering firm Sysmeca.
“The project focuses on low-cost exchange of short messages in the fast-growing machine-to-machine (M2M) market, with the aim to develop an innovative hybrid terrestrial/satellite access solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) for seamless and ubiquitous communications across the globe.” – Airbus Defence and Space
For Sigfox and their partners, however, the IoT is in need of evolving outside of the parameters of Earth’s orbit and be launched into space. Not only will this connect the IoT to every device connected online on Earth, but will eventually reach out into the cosmic heavens as we continue our spacefaring journey. Getting the ball rolling, Sigfox and its partners have stated that the Mustang project has a three-year-timeline in getting their systems operational.
When dealing with IoT today, we’re left with a relatively smart communications intelligence that is capable in connecting each device we use and essentially talk to one another and carry out demands. As we increase the IoT’s connectivity, thus increase its range of intelligence, it then isn’t that far-fetched to recognize that a superintelligent artificial intelligence (A.I.) will eventually be given birth in the process. And with its next big journey into space, it would appear that astrobiologist Paul Davies may just be correct. Perhaps our first contact with a post-biological extraterrestrial intelligence will be of our own making!
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