Technology is fast expanding the boundaries of possibility. Erstwhile fantasies are stealthily crawling into reality. Self-driving cars, advanced robotics, and artificial intelligence…they are all becoming real.

Advanced supercomputers are being deployed in the medical and semi-conductor industry as much as revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are being used for remarkably accurate predictions on top sports sites like Telecom Asia Sport.

With such ravishing evolutions in technology, there is a need for faster connectivity.

Future technologies will feed on super-speed internet connectivity, wouldn’t they? Therefore, we now have an urgent emergence of cutting-edge 5G technology.

5G will change AI and machine learning

Artificial intelligence is, without a doubt, one of the most disruptive technologies of our contemporary civilization.

AI-trained machines are giving humans a run for their money when doing super-intelligent and highly cognitive tasks.

Indeed, Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are already exciting our world, but there is much more to come!

When AI is harmoniously married to 5G networks, you should expect fireworks. First, 5G will facilitate the spontaneous adoption of AI in society.

So far, so good, AI hasn’t been able to permeate the real world as it should due to limitations on processing speeds. For sure, this will change with the fast and furious speeds of 5G technology.

Compared to what we have now from 4G networks, 5G will make data transfer ten times faster. This means AI will be more luxuriously fed with data (which it would process at a much quicker pace), making it incredibly intelligent and efficient. There would be advanced data analytics and management from systems deploying AI applications.

There will be increasing automation in the manufacturing industry

Our century has been quite enthusiastic about automation as robots relentlessly retire human labor. It is anticipated that 5G will expand the global manufacturing sector to a worth of $113 billion by 2020.

With the advent of 5G technology, we would have more intelligence and autonomy coming into automation. This will far exceed the conventional use of robots as we know it.

There would be more integration of supply chains, boosting their effectiveness. There would be improved monitoring of deliveries across the supply chain. More importantly, wireless factories would have more flexibility.

The capacity and intelligence of network-connected machines would be super hiked. Wireless machines have considerable freedom and enhanced productivity. With 5G networks, you can be lavished with up to a million sensors per square kilometer.

This, combined with ultra-low latency, enables operators to access near-time or real-time data from devices supplied with sensors. Overall, this shoots up productivity.

5G technology (courtesy of the ultra-low latency it provides) will also improve real-time predictive maintenance. This way, companies are better placed to avert potential machine failures or breakdowns. 5G-aided sensors can accurately monitor the performance and real-time viability of a machine.

5G will change the world of retailing via improved augmented and virtual reality

Retailers are really going to enjoy a renewed burst of life with the introduction of 5G technology. With the reduced latency and hyper 10Gbps (gigabyte per second) that comes with the fifth-generation wireless networks, retailers will be more equipped to marvel their customers with remarkably personalized engagement. This is very achievable with the ultra-fast response time and reinforced connectivity.

Therefore when 5G makes its grand entry, we expect retailers to be enjoying erstwhile luxuries like real-time merchandising messaging, smart shelves, and in-store personalized digital signage.

Unsurprisingly, there would be a revitalization of the application of virtual and augmented reality for retailers. Fashion retailers, for example, would be able to leverage adaptive magic mirrors for long-distance selling.

Also, with 5G technology speeding up response time, we expect that retailers will enjoy accurate real-time monitoring (and reportage) of their store inventories. The beautiful implication here is that the process will be more simplified, enabling consumers to resort to ordering from online to their homes in situations where they can’t find their desired products in the physical store.

To conclude, the ambit of possibilities with 5G is awe-inspiring. Global connectivity will take a step further as the world becomes a much smaller global village.

With the wealth of technologies we are lavished with today, isn’t this the best time to be alive?

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