Not a year goes by in the telecoms space where we don’t have a hype cycle around some technology trend. In 2016, it’s a combination of 5G, the IoT and the digital economy, which are actually geared towards the same general vision of the future in which economy will largely be driven by digital services (and the efficiency gains therein). The IoT will comprise a major chunk of those services, and 5G will make them available literally everywhere.
Which leads to things like flashy corporate videos at industry conferences showing us glossy, shiny scenes of that future. At one recent conference I saw one that was made (though not presented) by Corning. It’s called “A Day Made Of Glass” produced in 2011, and it shows a typical family uses glass displays (walls, mirrors, windshields, signage, devices, etc) to access various digital services that leverage GPS, big data, augmented reality and unlimited bandwidth to make their lives easier and more connected. And so on.
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