Our agency comes from our understanding of the world and the objects around us. We don't feel that we lose agency because we can't fly. We understand that we are bound to a set of physical rules that define the nature of our world. In the same way, we gain agency over machines when we understand what precise technology is doing and how is it doing it.
Although it is possible to compare the technical specifications of these two types of communication—such as data throughput, coverage or cost; the business logic behind these two technologies couldn't be more different. It would be like comparing a chain of supermarkets (5G), that offers a wide range and volume of products for a large population, with a new company looking to bring drinking water to underserved communities (Satellite).
From nano-satellites to communication, from transport to space tourism, from asteroid mining to the habitation of other worlds; space is positioning itself as the new frontier for business and humankind.
During the 50s and 60s, although certainly ill-conceived, there was a clear motivation behind winning the space race. Then, just before the dissolution of the USSR, space becomes the mean to symbolise unity and reconciliation. But now, in a world profoundly divided and with increasing existential threats to the environment and consequently to humans, it is vital to establish a new philosophy.
I have always been intrigued by space exploration, not only because of the fantastic photos that the Hubble telescope has produced, or the gigantic rockets used to accelerate humans into escape velocity (cool name) but mostly for the sheer notion of stepping into the unknown. In a way, that is the reason why I decided to do a PhD.
Technology is a tool, and it should be understood as such when dealing with any problem, yes. However, technology also has its nuances, and it is essential that users, designers or managers understand the benefits and costs that every technology brings to the table.
Without a doubt, 5G offers the promise of an exciting future, with a myriad of emerging technologies continually redefining our society, economy and environment. But often it feels like telecommunications companies are lagging behind expectations. In this post, I explore what I believe two of the major issues hindering the implementation and exploitation of 5G. First, the immense infrastructure challenge that the deployment of 5G networks entails. Second, and yet more troubling, the lack of an overarching vision that orchestrates the development of 5G connectivity.
What exactly is the blockchain technology? It is a system that allows the creation of a synthetic trust. By combining security, transparency and agency mechanisms, the blockchain sets a permanent record of every interaction it tracks.