Newer structures are built on the foundation of existing ones. We were acquainted with the concept of 4G a few years ago, and it was a game-changer. It steadily became a norm across all countries of the world. Now, imagine a drastic step-up in the wireless connectivity from previous generations and blistering fast speeds. 5G or fifth generation of mobile connectivity is all set to shake things up!
To understand what it entails, let’s look at the numbers and compare them with the existing framework. 4G connectivity throughout the developed world manages around 21 Mbps for all our real-time streaming needs. 5G, on the other hand, would be able to achieve more than 10 Gbps making it 1000 times faster than the existing network connectivity!
It’s a significant increase in speed and a substantial increase in our capability to transmit data, with a density of around a million nodes per kilometer. 5G would enable millions of devices to be connected simultaneously, increase the data flow substantially, and improve the network connectivity like never before!
However, with the adoption of new technology comes concerns about health. One such organization that is entrusted with finding out the impact on living organisms is ACEBR or Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research, one of the key institutes to advise the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
According to their findings, they have attributed the rise in temperatures as one of the key outcomes of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones. However, since 5G uses transmission frequencies that are very high, it is not a cause of major concerns. The penetration of electromagnetic waves in human tissues is inversely proportional to the frequency. Hence, the team at ACEBR feels that it would be safe to implement in the long run. The benefits, as far as the studies are concerned, outweigh the cons. With the EU set to adopt 5G coverage all across by 2025, societies would be reshaped.
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Societies would change
The actual use of 5G is poised to creating ecosystems of connected devices and networks, enabling humankind to be more relevant and efficient than ever before. Car companies like Tesla are already implementing autonomous modes of transport, and 5G would be pivotal to make a seamless integration and information parsing between connected cars. This technology is called V2V or vehicle to vehicle communication.
This new technology would profoundly impact not just autonomous vehicles but also the entire ecosystem of the internet of things or IoT, which would increase to 3.2 billion by 2023. With more excellent connectivity and coverage, the devices would work seamlessly, but the reliability aspect would increase manifolds, due to the high network coverage of the 5G technology.5G would impact almost all walks of our lives. Newer concepts that existed in Sci-Fi would take shape in the real world. For example, mixed reality- an idea that captured every child and adult’s imagination in the 1985 movie- Back to the Future would be a norm with the technology’s implementation.
Collaborative robots or “COBOTS” would come to life. People would share their workspaces with their fellow workers, who would be robots! This implementation would be first adopted in the manufacturing industry and would later spread to other verticals. The way we work would drastically change. One of the main soothsayers who foresaw this was Andrew Yang, whose main presidential plan was to give Americans a Universal Basic Income to survive when the more efficient robots would eventually replace them.
Healthcare would see some of the most dynamics shifts as well, with doctors being able to perform remote surgeries for the patients in critical need. Using robots capable of intricate movements and precision, doctors would be prone to fewer manual errors during surgical processes. People would be able to avail of the best doctors without having to travel in their conditions. This would be a huge convenience and help save lives by connecting the desired medical practitioner with the patient.
On-demand streaming media, which is already replacing the cable network television, would be able to broadcast content in Ultra High Definition. Entertainment would be more realistic than ever before, and streaming media would dominate the cable television industry. The impacts of 5G technology would be truly revolutionary, and the changes would be deeply entrenched in human society.