How Much Money Do I Need to Buy the Internet?
It’s time for someone to step up and buy the internet. All the 1% needs to do is find $ 1.0198941 × 10^{47 }and then we can move to the next level of internet.
Where did that monstrous number come from?
First, let’s look at the average length of a url. It comes to 34 characters. Urls can be larger or smaller, but for our estimate, let’s keep a url at 34 characters.
There are 26 letters in the alphabet, 10 numbers, and a frequent use of other characters like “#” and “.” in websites.
Let’s assume we buy websites in bulk, allowing us to purchase domain names at a cost of $5/year.
(39 !) * ( 5.00 U.S. dollars) = 1.0198941 × 10^{47} U.S. dollars
This is just one estimate of how much the internet costs. True lovers of real estate will want multiply this number by the various top-level domains (gTLDs) available – like .com, .de, and .gov – and the true number of characters allowed for a domain name. Of course, this number could then go on to be subtracted from the number of domain names already purchased. Regardless of the formula, the result is the same: buying up the internet’s going to cost more money than any one person has available. Looks like we’re going to be stuck with our current internet situation for a while.
Many thanks to mathemagician Nicholas Cueva for assistance with devising the formula.
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Great thought experiment, although it’s been so long since I took a math class I’m having trouble understanding where the 39 factorial comes in.
The short answer is that factorials are used in probability. http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/57588.html
39 is the number of possible characters used in the estimate, consisting of 26 letters in the alphabet, 10 numerical characters, and 2 other characters like # or & in a url.