There Will Always be People Trying to Cause Problems

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space and time. Albert Einstein was the first to predict their existence in the early 20th century when he came out with his theory of relativity. LIGO stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. LIGO advances the remote sensing and communications technology by utilizing the physical properties of gravitational waves. It does not point to a specific location in the sky and doesn’t use electromagnetic radiation like regular telescopes because it does not sense for light waves or radio waves, but instead for gravitational waves. The history of Landsat had caused some issues with surveillance and sovereignty, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we will see those ethical dilemmas with LIGO. Because of the nature of the “satellite,” it does not have to be pointed directly at anything to receive information, and it misused could cause issues. However, like any new technology, there will always be people who are planning to misuse it for negative purposes, so it is important to stay wary and keep the technology in the hands of people who are trusted to control it.

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