At COSM 2019, Jay Richards interviewed AT&T CTO Andre Fuetsch (the guy who says your smart phone will disappear). Is that true? And how will we live?
From the interview:
Andre Fuetsch: We are now on the brink of being able to connect many, many more things than we’ve ever seen before. And just by the fact of being able to connect more things … look at the more traditional wireless networks that we’ve had in the preceding generations. It frankly was just about connecting phones, right?
“Some were sort of dumb phones, some were more feature phones. Some are now obviously more smartphones. And these were really more of kind of a one to one relationship with people. 5G, obviously will take that to the next level, but also opens up the aperture to connect everything else. So it’s going to be more about connecting the machines in our lives, the gadgets, these objects, whether they be in our homes in our cars, or where we work or where we play.
“And once all of that connectivity begins to happen, I think we’ll see amazing new use cases that haven’t even been thought up yet. So it’s going to be an exciting future.”
At the conference, Fuetsch also identified one clear benefit: More privacy protection:
One application Fuetsch suggested is geofencing, that is, walling off data at a closed conference or within the home, for security. That might mean that home computing networks might be both portable and secure, geofenced wherever they are. “I think 5G becomes a solution for privacy protection,” he said.
One of the biggest issues on the internet today is, of course, privacy. We want it, even if we have to pay.
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