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WHAT HAPPENED IN MAY

5G

What is 5G? When is it coming? Who is going to produce it? These are the million dollar questions everyone is asking but nobody seems to be able to provide a solid answer. May saw no different speculations going around in Europe & USA and no concrete timelines either. Some of the stories on 5G included: Huawei leaking news on a 5G ready phone, the U.K.’s biggest mobile operators spending almost £1.4 billion into 5G and Qualacomm are supposedly ready to roll 5G out.

The biggest rumour was that the U.S. and China are leading the way with belief that they will be able to rollout 5G by 2019. However, the Qatari based operator called Ooredoo have launched the first 5G network and is being referred to as the ‘Supernet’.

“Today, Ooredoo and Qatar make history,” said Waleed Al Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar. “We are the first company in the world to offer access to 5G technology and services, and the people of Qatar are the first to have access to the incredible benefits this technological upgrade will bring. We dedicate this important milestone to the people of Qatar and to our beloved leaders, who have encouraged this step in building the knowledge-based economy of Qatar.”

Nonetheless, Ooredoo have only been able to implement 5G into some parts of Doha and other operators are looking to implement it on a much larger scale. Nevertheless Ooredoo have got the title of “first to implement” it so hats off to them.

Whenever 5G is released globally it will be a revolution of connectivity with all devices. I am keen to discover what it has to offer the wider world and what it will bring to mine.

AUTONOMOUS CARS:

Speaking of 5G it will play a huge part in this Utopian idea of Driverless cars. “5G is needed for real-time connectivity for downloading the latest traffic information, relaying the weather, maybe the latest maps,” said executive director of Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence. I think it’s clear automated cars will coincide with 5G, it also allows the cars to quickly upload mass amounts of data which will be essential for the cars to drive without a driver.

It’s a nice thought to think the cars will communicate with each other avoiding crashes. For example say if you’re turning into a blind corner and another car is coming the opposite way quickly, the cars will be able to communicate to avoid a collision.

However, is this just an impossible fantasy? Till date it has been reported 3 Tesla cars have crashed into vehicles within Autopilot mode. Failing to detect stopped vehicles has always been an issue for Autonomous car makers and something that still hasn’t been solved. This is an essential fix that all creators are struggling with and fundamentally needs to be 100% safe before even thinking about implementing the idea of driverless cars.

On the other hand there is a lot defending towards these autonomous creations. Firstly, Tesla has always made it clear their autopilot feature is not impervious to all accidents. The manual states how drivers are continuously meant to keep their hands on the wheel even if there in autopilot mode.

Mark Zuckerberg also came to Elon Musk’s defense. He stated how “one of the leading causes of people dying is car accidents and if we can get to a state where we have good self-driving cars, then that is going to potentially massively reduce one of the leading causes of death and is a very important humanitarian thing that needs to done,” I mean I think it’s clear Mark Zuckerberg supports the idea of Autonomous cars for the future. In retrospect it does make sense to make the transition due to the fact over 1.3 million deaths are caused by car crashes per year.

AI PHONES:

Next up we have the next generation of phones that will be kitted out with AI technology. Google’s new Android focuses on using artificial intelligence to augment the user interface and user experience. One of the main things it seems to address is giving users more transparency and control over how they use their phones. This could be extremely handy for learning user behaviour and then using that knowledge to anticipate your every need. A phone with its own brain sounds quite scary however for me it sounds like having a little sidekick in your pocket. Phone innovation is always exciting. The industry’s competition revolves around: who can stuff the most amount of useful tech the fastest.

Next up we have the next generation of phones that will be kitted out with AI technology. Google’s new Android focuses on using artificial intelligence to augment the user interface and user experience. One of the main things it seems to address is giving users more transparency and control over how they use their phones. This could be extremely handy for learning user behaviour and then using that knowledge to anticipate your every need. A phone with its own brain sounds quite scary however for me it sounds like having a little sidekick in your pocket. Phone innovation is always exciting. The industry’s competition revolves around: who can stuff the most amount of useful tech the fastest.

AI in smartphone cameras has been a really cool feature recently implemented. So when you fire up the camera app, point your phone at your subject, it will automatically tune the settings for the best possible shot depending on what category the subject falls under and other factors like lighting conditions.

It’s pretty much the camera mode on steroids but that belies the heavy computational processing that happens; especially even before the camera app is installed on a smartphone. It also allows you to measure items on the camera which is another really useful feature.

Overall the month of May has seems to be dominated with progress in AI. Which is exciting and scary but nevertheless the progress made seems to be a positive one. I look forward to what June brings.