The Prediction that 5G will be Unpredictable
5G is live, available in only select areas of the UK as we roll it out geographically and across carriers but live none the less. So far, the conversation has revolved around being able to download a film to your phone in seconds and debate around the usefulness of such an ability. This of course is the tip of the iceberg with 5G. Without it, city-wide autonomous driving is a pipe dream, and only now can the internet of things and smart cities actually reach anything like their potential to transform the way we live and work. What we can’t predict, is the platforms, tools and products that will be born out of 5G foundations. The digital content revolution delivered by 3G and the gig economy built on the back of 4G are two examples of transformed aspects of our lives that were totally unpredictable until developers and entrepreneurs saw the potential of the increased signal strength. We’re going to see innovations off the back of 5G that are as yet unquantifiable.
The Crowdsourced Future
The ugly truth about the automation and burgeoning AI technologies is that they both eat jobs. Whether or not the responsibility to manage the transition out of obsolete jobs into new fields falls at the feet of government or the private sector is a debate that will continue for years to come but one thing is for certain; if we don’t get it right it will lead to social unrest. One tool that will be used to facilitate change in this field is the humble crowdsourcing platform. Currently the domain of fundraising, these platforms are going to be used more and more to crowdsource expertise and even components of projects for market delivery. Our own research is demonstrating a massive surge in people looking to complete “micro-degrees” in niche services, especially AI and autonomous piloting. These individuals and others will be perfectly placed to start offering out their services at a transactional level. If just 10% of the people using Facebook today coughed up 10 pence into a crowdsourcing fund, you could buy enough development expertise to make and run an ad free version and in just a few months. The power of this technology to transform the way organisations approach recruitment and product/project development is staggering. I think considering the rewards, we’re going to start to see it catch on next year in tech driven sectors before becoming mainstream in years to come.
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