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DARPA Contemplates Vast Ocean Network

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the under-the-sea dept.

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coondoggie writes Probably one of the last and perhaps unforgiving areas of the world not truly "wired" is above and below the ocean. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) want to explore the possibility of seriously changing that notion and develop what it calls "a system-of-systems architecture and critical components to support networked maritime operations, to include undersea, surface, and above surface domains."

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spiritual bankruptcy proceedings ongoing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47676387)

talk about wasteful mjsmanagement? creational intervention by us ordinarians is way overdue? no bomb us more mom us... free the innocent stem cells... feed our billions of starving allys (mostly kids).... all part of our 'settlement' with ourselves...

Someone isn't paying attention (2)

dave-man (119245) | about 2 months ago | (#47676407)

Power cables, telecommunications cables, SOSUS arrays - littorals and continental shelves are littered with cables and there are a goodly number in the deep ocean.

Use da nets (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47676523)

Use all dem ghost nets and drift nets I hear so much about.

Sea Quest? (1)

garrettg84 (1826802) | about 2 months ago | (#47676593)

I feel we are moving towards Sea Quest.

Re:Sea Quest? (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 2 months ago | (#47677875)

SeaQuest was set only 4 years from now. We're already failing to get our Back To The Future flying cars; I think we're going to fail to get our underwater settlements and talking dolphins too.

MH370 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47676661)

That's one way to find a stupid plane at the bottom of a stupid ocean I guess...

Big networks... (1)

roger_that (24034) | about 2 months ago | (#47676699)

I sounds like big (physical) networks, with very few users (although it could be _very_ useful at times of emergency).

Underwater cities (1)

penguinoid (724646) | about 2 months ago | (#47677261)

Just build a bunch of cities underwater, and giant floating cities, and you'll have cables everywhere.

Re:Underwater cities (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | about 2 months ago | (#47678221)

The biggest oil platform, Hibernia, can only accomodate 185 people.

Fish might want to tweet about their day, too (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47677581)

e.g., Get a load of these #fatfishermen. Whaddya think you're gonna catch with that, Tubs?

Deaf Leapord (seals) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47678397)

Hopefully DARPA's requirements include not deafening, killing, or confusing sea life. I imagine they intend "wireless" communications underwater. Almost certainly means an acoustic network. Probably one way transmission unless they can obfuscate the origin of a sub sending out a message. Hopefully we don't cause all the worlds sea life to explode. I am concerned not out of altruism, but because lots of sea critters are tasty.

Thanks - Fud

Its being worked (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47678973)

Wireless communications with places like deep mines, the bottom of well casings and deep sea locations. But the NSA isn't going to like a world in which there isn't a piece of fiber they can pick up and tap.

As a DARPA project, this isn't an issue. But what if a private concern gets there first?

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