5G is the past – POLITICIAN

The race to build 6G continues – or at least a race to sell the idea to Washington.

If you have a 5G phone (or even if you don’t!) you might be forgiven for asking why we need to worry about 6G already.

The 5G network is still being rolled out and is only being used about a tenth of mobile phone users around the world (US data is comparable). It will take years for 5G to become more widespread.

But it also takes a long time to agree on what methods will be implemented in the standards, which is why the telecommunications industry is already looking at the next generation: 6G.

Each new generation of wireless technology has relied on the development of ever more sophisticated ways of exchanging limited radio frequencies among millions of radios transmitters and receivers, i.e. mobile phones and other cellular communication devices, that the vast majority of adults around the world carry in their pockets.

New ways of sharing spectrum are not just technical innovations – they are fundamentally changing what radio… er, telephone… can do.

6G will be able to process more data faster than 5G because 5G is faster than 4G, and so on. Every generation has transformed so far, even if the industry’s more generous promises have slowly materialized. Video calls made possible, then routine. The same can be said for video games that rely on low latency – meaning that once the data tap is turned on, data starts transferring quickly.

The contours of 6G already matter, if not for consumers, then for companies that intend to build a network. Patents deemed “necessary for standards” can cost millions (if not billions) of participating companies, and standards also have significant “soft power” as they are applied around the world.

The Next G Alliance, a year-and-a-half group that includes big companies like Apple, AT&T, Google and Intel, is trying to get Washington to think ahead about its needs. AT new report published this weekthe group is trying to determine which technologies will require 6G to work well so that engineers can work backwards to figure out which capabilities should be included in the standards.

The Next G Alliance says there are several important new areas for which 6G will be essential, including robots and autonomous systems, truly immersive virtual reality and the physical world full of sensors.

The importance of 6G depends on how important the aforementioned categories eventually become, and conversely, the success of things like distributed virtual reality and autonomous cars depends in part on the effectiveness of 6G.

There is also national competitiveness, which is worth thinking about 6G earlier. Huawei, a major Chinese technology company, has played big role in setting 5G standardsand China has already declared 6G dominance a top political goal and started advertising breakthroughs. One position in expanded competition bill what will likely become law will create a 6G task force within the FCC.

Mike Nawrocki, electrical engineer who is helping to lead the Next G Alliance’s efforts, said the group will also release top 6G research priorities in the coming weeks – about 100 different topics the alliance wants policymakers to focus on.

“Now a lot of money, both state and industrial, is being spent on research,” Navrotsky said. “I think it’s very important if we can agree nationally on a set of research goals. What are we trying to achieve with 6G? How will this affect other industries? How will this affect society?

But wireless analyst Roger Entner, who observed similar claims about 5G a few years ago,, said he fears this new industry report is just proud of the same promises.

“If you replace the number 6 with the number 5, you won’t be able to tell the difference because it’s nothing new,” Entner told me. “This is what they stumbled upon with 5G. … I almost felt like that whitepaper, I would compare it to Star Trek fanfiction – taking it somewhat into the future, not having the imagination to actually come up with something mind-blowing.”

Reno, Nevada puts its history on the blockchain.

Mayor Hillary Shiv this week announced that BlockApps, a blockchain software company, has digitized city records associated with about a dozen objects and put them on the blockchain. Although the pilot project is relatively small, Shiv said she hopes to expand the technology to other city services to make it easier for residents to access public records and track the progress of municipal projects.

“I think it’s important as a mayor to open those doors and encourage creativity in the mayor’s office,” Shiv said in an interview. “Government really needs to be aggressive with technology because, frankly, government is left behind with Web 2.0.” – Sam Sutton

At the birth of this newsletterwe talked about seeming senselessness fast food in the metaverse. Now, the all-too-frequent precursor to fast food consumption (and, for that matter, video games) has also arrived in the virtual world: cannabis use.

Marijuana marketers increasingly view the metaverse as valuable real estate, hoping not only to get their wares out to smokers, but to circumvent moderation policies on traditional digital platforms like Facebook that ban cannabis ads. (That’s not to mention kid-friendly metaverse-like spaces like Roblox, which have enough own problems with adult content already.)

It’s easy to see why promoters of real, non-imitated products like fast food or cannabis would want to place their digital billboards in exciting headline locations like Decentraland, for example, where showcases like Kandy Girl will direct you to their website where you can order the real thing via good old Web 2.0.

The topic gets a little more complicated when you consider the unwieldy patchwork of cannabis regulations that still dot the US despite its legalization for recreational use in 19 states. Cannabis e-commerce startups have grown serious moneybut there are just as seriously unanswered questions about the ongoing federal ban (and various dubious legal workarounds cannabis businesses currently use to sell to consumers in states that have legalized the drug.) Again, the storefront may be virtual, but the regulatory hurdles are very real. – Derek Robertson

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