The Information Age has created a fast-paced world where technology is developing at an unprecedented rate and the fastest to adapt to the changes reap the biggest rewards. For a large number of industries, the developments that could be possible for the world of tomorrow, rely on what can be improved today.
5G is the tool that many technology companies are riding on to take their current innovations to the next level. On the surface, 5G offers everyone a faster mobile connection, with a greater ability to handle data and improved device-to-device connections. This development on the current 4G network promises to be around 1000x faster, which is no small stepping stone, but it could spell a greater change for the world than just reduced video buffering times (it’s envisioned that 5G will allow you to download a HD film, in full, in less than 10 seconds).
The potential of what 5G has to offer is much further reaching than what many people may originally realise… in fact, this super-charged speed boost could herald in a brand-new world of smart technology.
Building the Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s World
The potential of 5G is dependent on other technology, you can’t access the increased speeds without having a device that’s 5G-enabled. In a similar way, other technology can’t be utilised to its full potential without the speed that 5G is promising. Therefore, 5G is a tool that will be used to develop the infrastructure of tomorrow’s world, furthering the capabilities of new and existing technological concepts.
The possibilities of 5G are already being explored, and the preliminary expectations of what could be achieved are quite outstanding. The potential of 5G will see many cloud-based technologies and internet services emerging that have so-far been deemed as too advanced or unstable for 4G. However, advanced internet services are only the start of what 5G can enable…
Existing technology, such as virtual reality, will be explored further without worries over latency issues. Autonomous cars will become more of a reality on the streets as 5G make them capable of interacting, communicating, and processing to road-safe levels. These improvements will also be seen in public transport, where 5G could mark the transition to services ‘on-demand’, rather than ‘on-timetable’.
From transport to the home; 5G will significantly impact the Internet of Things (IoT), which is already growing at an incredible rate, but is partially halted by existing connectivity capabilities. 5G will enable more devices to be connected, working behind the scenes to build an infrastructure that could connect countless devices in homes, schools, offices, and highstreets. These could streamline shopping, automate daily tasks, and even bring advanced healthcare into the home.
These developments penetrate every industry in some unexpected ways; everything from public transport and car manufacture to marketing will be changed by the widespread rollout of 5G – it’s truly an advancement that pervades everything… including education.
The Next Chapter in Education: A Faster, Smarter and Better-Connected World
At every stage of 5G roll out, and after, education in the UK and across the world will feel the impact. The changes will be ongoing, and how successfully they’re adapted to will determine how well existing learning techniques can be further developed to equip the students of today with the means to excel in the world of tomorrow.
Not only will students need to be taught about the technological changes and given advice on using them safely, but the advancements will be present in the way that lessons are conducted, how teacher-student interactions work, and which skills will need to be taught to compete in the technology-dominant future.
As cities become more interactive, everyday practices become streamline, and communication expands, education is also at the frontier of development. New internet services will provide a greater means of staying connected, with improved interaction possibilities between teachers, students, and parents. Even improvements to systems designed for remote working will help students and teachers to benefit from the faster connectivity as they work from home.
Entertainment and learning will be more immersive, and different technologies, like augmented reality, could be used as teaching devices to provide engaging visual lessons without high latency. New applications for IoT could even see teachers being less burdened by administration work – the possibilities are extensive.
What About the Risks of 5G?
Few technologies designed to be as deeply integrated as 5G are without risks, and 5G has already caused some concerns. Security, legality, and ethical development are already primary concerns which have led to some countries prohibiting Chinese companies from having any major input into their 5G network development.
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