I didn't say we were running out of energy, in fact I said we had alternatives in that respect. We don't have alternatives to He as nothing else has it's unique properties. +Project Loon
has noble ambitions to make wireless internet ubiquitous, but surely there are alternative ways of achieving that which don't involve consumption and dispersal of He? Think about this: He is currently stockpiled and is being sold very cheaply, below it's real value. That is what makes +Project Loon
viable. As supplies dwindle, the economics will force the price of He up. Then what is going to happen to your free wireless internet?
We already have a low-cost wireless internet thanks to cellphone providers anyway. If someone wants wireless internet where there isn't any currently, the cost of installing a cell site can be as little as $10,000. Imagine how many cell sites in remote areas could be installed for the development cost of Project Loon?
You call me a party pooper. Hey, I like cool stuff as much as the next guy, and I can see why people think this is cool - but occasionally it is worth looking at the proposal from alternative perspectives, to make sure we have things in perspective.
I'll tell you what. You keep cheering for the king in his new lovely finery, and I'll keep on suggesting that maybe he hasn't got any clothes on.