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Can This Be True? New Cell Network Doesn't Depend on Towers

Science & Tech  (tags: iniventions, cell phones, towers, communications )

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The infrastructure that keeps cell phones and landlines buzzing is often the first casualty of a disaster, cutting off survivors at a time when communication is most crucial. Now, Australian researchers say they can solve that problem with mobile ...


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Mehdi H (27)
Friday July 30, 2010, 4:25 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 4:50 pm
The really interesting aspect of this story is greater networking in densely populated areas. As the wi-fi capability is increased in this type of phone, densely populated areas could use the network of phones as their wi-fi source. Routing calls through the nearest, best connection rather than a tower. This could get more interesting especially regarding privacy issues. Small, mobile networks would avoid the bottlenecks (like towers) where data is easily collected.

. (0)
Friday July 30, 2010, 5:47 pm
> Now, Australian researchers say they can solve that problem
Wow, this is to good to be true ! A gigantic problem of humankind solved, at last, who would have even dared to dream of that!
What is the problem this thechnology will solve?
Whose problem is it?
What new problems will be created...?
What people and institutions will be most seriously harmed?
What changes in language are occurring as a result...?
What new sources of conomic and political power will emerge?

Neil Postman in "Technology and Society"


Ralph R Sutton (56)
Friday July 30, 2010, 6:40 pm

. (0)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 9:09 am
If this works, it may save lives & keep our environment cleaner. Thank you.

Myra S (0)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 12:36 pm
Could of used something like this during Hurricane Katrina

mr Crowley (23)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 1:10 pm
interesting, thanks!

CollieGirl cg (26)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 2:36 pm
Cell phones - a travesty of an invention.

Mary D (64)
Saturday July 31, 2010, 4:00 pm
Cell phones may not be ideal yest, but from what I read, resourceful engineers are doing their best to continue to improve them. Because of cell phones, Collie Girl, a lot of people who have been far from home in accidents, gotten lost, etc., have been saved. People whose cars break down on the highway don't have to wait for hours for a highway patrol car to come help them. Lives have been saved because cell phones were used to call 911 from remote places and get sick and injured people to the hospital. Yes, CollieGirl, there are still a few bugs in the system - but this article seems to have taken care of one of them. And technological geniuses are working on resolving other problems. Technology marches on - and as long as it doesn't involve bombs, souped-up guns, or other weapons of mass destruction, it's going to benefit us in the long run.

I was just reading about the invention of the bow and arrow. A lot of our long-ago Cro-Magnon ancestors were badly hurt and sometimes blinded while they were learning how to use it. But can you reasonably call the bow and arrow a travesty? It kept Homo sapiens alive during the Ice Age. I'm a 40-year vegetarian, but I realize that during the Ice Age, it wasn't always easy to find plant-based foods. And now, while we seem to have plenty of food, it is vital that we stay in touch with other people and governments all over the globe - and have a way to contact our loved ones even if they are camping in the Nevada desert.

So much for my two cents worth.

Norm C (74)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 2:07 am
I know many people who live in areas not well-served by cell towers. Unfortunately, this does not seem likely to help them, at least not anytime soon.

Freya H (345)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 9:06 am
That would be nice!

Sharon S (8)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:37 am
This would be great in remote areas, should people manage to get lost or have problems. Keep the technology science running. Fabulous.

Sharon S (8)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 11:37 am
This would be great in remote areas, should people manage to get lost or have problems. Keep the technology science running. Fabulous.
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