What made the launch a record were the 88 shoebox-size “Dove” satellites built by Planet Labs Inc., a startup in San Francisco. For the past few years, Planet has been sending batches of its Doves into orbit, each carrying a high-powered telescope and camera programmed to photograph a different swath of Earth. The 88 launched from Sriharikota would join 61 others to become the largest fleet ever put in orbit. Images beamed back by the 61 have been used far and wide: Hedge funds scour Walmart parking lots to measure traffic flows during back-to-school seasons. Farmers assess crop health and estimate optimal harvest times. Activists track Amazonian deforestation and Syrian refugee camps. Spies monitor military buildups and trafficking operations. With all 149 satellites in place, Planet will be able to photograph every inch of Earth’s surface every day—something even the U.S. government can’t do.
This and much other rapidly emerging technology lend credence to the coming future world dictator that is prophesied in Scripture. Supernaturally vested by evil, he will also be fantastically empowered by technologies that are now emerging at breakneck speed with breathtaking capabilities. Almost all of the genuises behind these new technologies have no idea of their key roles in Antichrist's ascent to global domination.
It’s a whole new - and somewhat terrifying - world from the one I grew up in.