An FCC Commissioner Sees AI and Blockchain As Contributing to 5G
An FCC commissioner hopes that machine learning and distributed crypto-ledgers will free up wireless spectrum for billions of devices.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner at the US Federal Communications Commission, believes that artificial intelligence and blockchain technology will give the US an edge in next-generation wireless networking over its big technological rival, China.
Speaking at the Business of Blockchain, an event organized by the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative and MIT Technology Review, Rosenworcel said AI and blockchains would allow wireless devices to use different frequencies within what is known as the wireless spectrum more dynamically and flexibly, enabling billions of devices to connect to 5G networks at once.
The suite of technologies known as 5G allows devices to connect in a variety of ways, and over a range of the wireless spectrum. With speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, as well as greatly reduced latency, 5G smartphones should be able to run high-quality virtual-reality applications or download movies in seconds. With greater network capacity, 5G should also let many more devices connect to the internet—everything from wearables to washing machines.
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