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Comments on The Interplanetary Internet, Vint Cerf Speaking
'This was the center of Interplanetary Communications.'- George O. Smith, 1942. (Read the complete story)

"If quantum entangled communication is really FTL, this would be a pretty good application."
(Dewtey 5/13/2013 12:50:53 PM)
"I think now's the time to find out! In thinking about the different kinds of faster-than-light devices, now that I think about it, they are all pretty much like walkie-talkies. (For example, the ansible in Le Guin's Rocannon's World and the hyperwave relay in Asimov's Foundation.) In Cities in Flight, Blish referred to a Dirac transmitter that is effectively a vast galactic party line. In other words, there is no big galactic switching board for FTL communication.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more I like this topic. It's illustrative of the kind of thinking or writing that makes science fiction easy to read. You don't have to create an entire network of devices; you just use simple peer-to-peer technology like walkie-talkies.

As I recall, George O. Smith's Venus Equilateral Relay Station was staffed by human beings who made all of the connections! It was like a telephone exchange or telegraph office that required people to send things on."
(Bill Christensen 5/14/2013 7:48:32 PM)

"An Interplanetary Internet can be a good step in developing interplanetary governments, improved trade, and aid in transportation. Civilization united across AUs. As for an Interstellar Internet (without FTL communications), I recall Sagan's "Cosmos" program - in the episode "Encyclopaedia Galactica", he suggests a universal database, where information is stored and could be accessed across space. Granted, it would take centuries to set up (hardware and a standard means of communications), centuries more to update it with information that would be certainly always out of date. I suppose it's better than nothing until someone figures out a way for FTL travel or communications. "
(Gatomon41 5/21/2013 8:30:51 PM)

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