In my article about this year's Consumer Electronics Show, I noted that the most interesting technology was still a few years off, and mentioned a handful of them including 5G which not only would provide overwhelmingly faster speeds, but so much so that it would help change other technologies.
If you're interested in such things, there's a good update on 5G in today's CNET, which notes: "That's the hype of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it. In some cases -- such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine, the trend of devices called internet of things -- it can be life-changing."
As they write, 5G is still a ways off. Most phone companies have limited planes to start building the service in late 2018 in a few cities, but even at that they don't plan to launch 5G or go nationwide until 2019 at the earliest, and even at that it will still take a while to work out the kinks, which are substantial.
Still, it's coming and should be remarkable. You can read the article here.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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